Re: Please Help! No Leash plug in my longboard.
Well it is not very easy to explain without showing you in person, but I will try to give you the basics of it. You will first need 1 sheet 80 grit wet/dry sandpaper, resin and hardener, 1-9" strand fiberglass fin rope, 1 pencil, some wax paper, disposable rubber gloves, mixing cups and sticks, a respirator for fumes . For polyester surfboards use polyester resin and for epoxy surfboards use epoxy resin. Here are some of the basic steps you sill want to follow:
First off you will want to do this outdoors, or in a well ventilated area and follow all safety precautions on the resin, and hardener labels.
1. Sand the area of the tail where you want to apply the leash loop.
2. Cut 1- 5" piece of fiberglass fin rope and set off to the side
3. Cut 4- 1" pieces of fiberglass fin rope and put off to the side
4. Wrap wax paper around the pencil and tape the ends so the wax paper stays on the pencil
5. Put disposable gloves on and carefully dip the 5" piece of fin rope into the catalyzed resin.You will want to hold one end tight so the fiberglass rope does not unravel all over the place and make a mess. You also will need to work some resin into the fiberglass rope without letting it unravel.
6. try to squeeze out as much excess resin as possible from the fin rope.
7. Lay the pencil across the tail of the board horizontally where you want the hole of the leash loop to be.
8. lay the 5" strand of fiberglass rope on top of the pencil while twisting the fiberglass rope as you lay it vertically across the pencil. it is okay to now let the ends fan out a little to give strength to the leash loop.
9. Put the 1" pieces of fin rope dipped in resin next to the pencil vertically on all 4 sides of the pencil to help fill in the void where the rope goes over the pencil.
10. Try to keep it clean and neat so you will have less sanding to do later. Carefully pull out pencil after about an hour, or after the resin is fairly well set. Don't worry about wax paper now.
11. After about an hour and a half, or when fin rope starts to get fairly hard...you can gently clean up your work with a sharp razor blade to minimize sanding. You must be careful at this stage or you may damage things and have to redo. If you are worried about damaging anything let it harden all the way and shape later with sandpaper.
Well hope that makes sense. After sanding till you are satisfied with your leash loop you can brush a light coat of gloss resin on the leash loop to smooth everything all out. You can also wet sand and polish if you want to take it that far. Well good luck and maybe post a picture of your finished leash loop.