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You’re going to love your new board, and we want you to preserve that investment for years to come. The elements can cause havoc on any item over an extended period of time – especially salt water and sunlight. Your boards are, of course, made to be enjoyed in the outdoors so we offer some guidelines for it when not in use.
The elements can cause havoc on any item over an extended period of time – especially salt water and sunlight. Your boards are, of course, made to be enjoyed in the outdoors. But when not in use, some rules should be followed for proper storage. Your epoxy board is constructed of a beaded foam core enclosed in an epoxy fiberglass skin. These foam cores hold gas and air, and prolonged exposure to direct sunlight outside of the water can raise the core temperatures to super high levels. This can cause rapid expansion of the gas and air, putting excess pressure on the fiberglass epoxy skin and forcing it to peel away from the foam core. This is known as delamination.
With extreme changes in temperature and elevation, pressure can build within the foam core. Vent plugs allow air to escape freely from the core via a water tight GORE-TEX seal in the vent plug. Air may pass out, but no water gets inside. This keeps your board safe from delamination and water damage.
Your boards are constructed from a foam core enclosed in a fiberglass epoxy shell. Extreme force on the outside shell may cause pressure dents, cracks, and dings to occur. Pressure dents are small, concave indentations to the outer skin. They can occur from knees, elbows, or any items exerting lots of pressure over a small area. Other than a small dimple, they cause no harm to your board. Cracks and Dings are typically caused by extreme blunt force, and can open up the foam core of your board to the elements. We recommend that these be immediately repaired and sealed watertight. Failure to do so weakens the overall structure of the board, and opens the core to the elements. Water Damage will slowly add weight to your board as water seeps into unrepaired cracks and dings. This can cause discoloration, especially when sun exposure is combined. Over time, your board will slowly gain weight as the sand and water penetrates deeper into the core. All dings should be repaired and sealed before re-entering the water with your board. There are many epoxy ding repair kids sold online and in hardware stores, but we recommend that you take your board to be repaired by a fiberglass and epoxy specialist. In the event you do it yourself, you must use a Fiberglass – Epoxy Ding Repair Kit.
Your inflatable board is constructed from military grade PVC and can withstand most abuse. However, contact with very sharp object such as rocks, glass, or edges can puncture the outer skin, you may need to seek professional repair from a boating facility.