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For hard stand-up paddleboards (SUPs), the single most common repair typically involves fixing dings and minor cracks on the board's surface. These can occur from various reasons, like accidental bumps against rocks or other hard objects, or even sun exposure causing the fiberglass to weaken.

Here's a breakdown of the most common hard SUP board repair:

1. Epoxy Patch:

  • This method involves filling the ding or crack with a marine-grade epoxy resin, often reinforced with fiberglass cloth. Epoxy Patch for hard sup board - link for Ding All for minor dings and scratches. 
  • It's a DIY-friendly option for small to medium repairs and provides a durable, watertight seal.
  • Epoxy repair kits are readily available at most surf shops or online retailers.

2.UV Curing Resin:

  • This newer method uses a UV lamp to cure the epoxy resin, significantly reducing drying time compared to traditional epoxy. Link for Ding All:Link to Osbang Crystal Clear Hard UV Resin UV Curing Resin for hard sup board 
  • It's convenient for quick repairs on the go and offers good strength and water resistance.

3. Fin box damage:

  • Repair method: Depends on the extent of the damage. Minor cracks or chips can be filled with epoxy, while more severe damage may require replacing the fin box. Fin box on sup board 
  • Tools and materials: Sandpaper, rubbing alcohol, epoxy resin (for minor repairs), replacement fin box and installation hardware (for major repairs).
  • Process: For minor cracks, follow the same steps as repairing cracks above. For major damage, consult a professional repair shop or refer to the fin box manufacturer's instructions for replacement procedures.

4. Professional Repair:

  • For larger cracks, significant delamination, or damage affecting the board's core, professional repair is recommended. 
  • Experienced repair shops have the tools and expertise to handle complex repairs,ensuring the board's structural integrity and performance.

Additional Tips:

  • Always properly clean and sand the damaged area before applying epoxy.
  • Follow the manufacturer's instructions on the epoxy kit for mixing ratios and curing times.
  • Wear gloves and protective eyewear when working with epoxy.
  • For minor cosmetic dings, a simple scratch repair kit with wax filler can suffice.

Remember, the specific repair approach depends on the severity of the damage and your DIY skills. If you're unsure about tackling the repair yourself, consulting a professional is always the best option to ensure a proper fix and maintain the lifespan of your hard SUP board.

Like any other piece of equipment, your SUP board may need some repairs from time to time. Fortunately, there are general how to SUP repair tips you can and should follow to keep your board in good shape and extend its lifespan. Inspect your board regularly for any signs of damage or wear, such as cracks, dents, or scratches. If you notice any damage, address it as soon as possible to prevent further harm. When repairing your board, use high-quality repair materials and follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully. It's also a good idea to let a professional repair specialist handle major repairs or structural damage. With these tips in mind, you can enjoy your SUP board for years to come and make sure it's always ready for your next adventure on the water.

How to SUP repair tips for dings and scratches can be easy, although larger gouges may require a professional. There are basically three kinds of boards when it comes to repair: epoxy, polyester, and inflatable.  

If you choose to work on a ding or dent yourself, get materials and tools ready ahead of time and work at a steady pace for best results. Try to begin the task when you know you won't be interupted.

If there is water in the board, give it plenty of time to drain out—at least 24 hours. Be sure the area you are working is clean and dry before you apply anything permanent. 

For tips, tricks, and tutorials check out the links below, including step-by-step video to take you through different repair scenarios. If you can’t find what you are looking for here, seek help from your board manufacturer or local SUP shop.  

"Solarez" A how to SUP repair tip 

Solarez UV Cure Epoxy Ding Repair - SUP / Surfboard Repair Kit (Weenie Travel Kit 0.5 Oz)

Solarez UV cure epoxy is a great option for repairing your paddle board, as it dries quickly and creates a strong, durable bond. Here's a how to SUP repair tip to using Solarez UV cure epoxy for paddle board repair:

  1. Identify the damage: First, locate the damage on your paddle board. Make sure to inspect the entire board to ensure that there aren't any other damages that need to be repaired.
  2. Clean the area: Before applying the Solarez epoxy, clean the area around the damage using a mild soap and water. Dry the area thoroughly with a clean cloth.
  3. Apply the epoxy: Apply a small amount of Solarez epoxy to the damaged area, making sure to completely cover the damage. Use a plastic or rubber applicator to spread the epoxy evenly and make sure it fills the damaged area completely.
  4. Use the UV light: Once you have applied the epoxy, use a UV light to cure the epoxy. Hold the light approximately 1-2 inches away from the damaged area and slowly move it around, making sure to expose all of the epoxy to the light.
  5. Allow the epoxy to cure: The epoxy should cure in just a few minutes under the UV light. Once it is fully cured, it will be hard and durable, creating a strong bond with your paddle board.
  6. Sand the area: After the epoxy has cured, use a fine-grit sandpaper to smooth out any rough spots and make the repair flush with the surrounding surface of the paddle board.

By following these simple steps, you can use Solarez UV cure epoxy to repair your paddle board quickly and easily. It's important to note that this is only a temporary fix, and you should still seek professional help to perform a more permanent repair if needed.

How to SUP repair tips for hard board repair

The following video refers to hard boards with the type of foam that can and will absorb water. Keep in mind higher end boards may have a version foam that does NOT absorb water. NOTE: this video talks about the basics.

Instant Epoxy for SUP repair

If you have a hard board SUP that has sustained a small dent, crack or puncture, a quick and easy temporary repair can be done using instant epoxy. Here is a how to sup repair tip with guide to perform a temporary hard board SUP repair with instant epoxy.

  1. Clean the area: Start by cleaning the area around the damaged spot on your SUP. Use a clean cloth and a small amount of isopropyl alcohol to clean the surface. This will help to remove any dirt, oil or debris that could interfere with the repair.
  2. Mix the epoxy: Open the epoxy package and mix the two parts of the epoxy together according to the manufacturer's instructions. Be sure to use a small amount of epoxy, as you don't want to waste any excess material.
  3. Apply the epoxy: Using a small brush or a cotton swab, apply the mixed epoxy to the damaged area on your SUP. Make sure to apply a thin, even layer of epoxy to the surface.
  4. Smooth out the epoxy: Use a plastic scraper or your fingers to smooth out the epoxy and make sure that it fills the damaged area completely. Be sure to work quickly, as the epoxy will dry fast.
  5. Let the epoxy dry: Allow the epoxy to dry for at least an hour or two, or according to the manufacturer's instructions. The epoxy will harden and create a temporary fix for the damaged area on your SUP.
  6. Sand the area: Once the epoxy has dried, use a fine-grit sandpaper to smooth out the surface. Be careful not to sand too hard, as you don't want to damage the surrounding area.

By following these simple steps, you can perform a temporary hard board SUP repair with instant epoxy. It's important to note that this is only a temporary fix, and you should still seek professional help to perform a more permanent repair if needed.

Serious hard board ding repair

IF AT ALL UNSURE OF YOUR SKILLS, SEEK A PROFESSIONAL TO HELP. Anyone can do it following DIY instruction - although, to do it well and without fault TAKES PRACTICE! The following how to SUP repair tips may help.

Repairing significant damage to a hard board SUP can be more complex than using a simple epoxy or glue. Here are the general steps to follow for repairing a significant damage:

  1. Assess the damage: Before you can start any repairs, you need to assess the damage to determine the extent of the problem. Look for any cracks, dings, or punctures, and take note of the size and location of each one.
  2. Gather your materials: Depending on the type of damage, you may need a variety of materials to make the necessary repairs. This could include fiberglass cloth, epoxy resin, a sander, a razor blade, sandpaper, and other tools.
  3. Remove any damaged material: If the damage includes any loose or damaged material, use a razor blade or sandpaper to remove it. Be sure to sand the area thoroughly to create a rough surface that will help the new material adhere to the board.
  4. Apply new material: Apply a layer of epoxy resin to the damaged area, and then press a piece of fiberglass cloth into the epoxy. Use a plastic squeegee to spread the epoxy and remove any air bubbles.
  5. Let it cure: Allow the epoxy to cure according to the manufacturer's instructions. This usually takes several hours, depending on the type of epoxy used.
  6. Sand the repaired area: Once the epoxy has cured, use sandpaper to sand the repaired area until it is flush with the surrounding surface.
  7. Paint or refinish the board: If necessary, paint or refinish the board to match the surrounding area.

These are general guidelines, and the specific steps you need to take will depend on the extent of the damage to your hard board SUP. It's important to note that significant damage to a hard board SUP may require professional repair or replacement, so if you're unsure about how to proceed, it's best to consult with an expert in paddle board repair.

Preventative tips to avoid SUP repair

  • • Keep your a foam core board out of the sun for long periods. Using your board in the water all day is not an issue but many hours laying on the sand in the hot sun is a bad mix—the foam will expand and it will break open.
  • • it is best to keep your board in the shade when not being used. Especially if you are at a paddling site all day. Keep in mind, covering your board is not a fix if the outside temperature is high.
  • • These days boards have vent plugs to automatically vent gas and hot air build up from inside your board on a hot day but they will not work efficiently if your board expands too quickly. Don't rely 100% on the vent plug.
  • • If you hit something hard check your board immediately for dings or gashes. The worst scenario is water seeping into the foam core. If the ding is small give it the "suck" test—if you can suck air out it must be repaired immediately. If you can suck out water, position your board so it can completely drain. Then be sure it is completely dry. Repair with one of the materials below or take it to your nearest SUP shop.
  • • Your inflatable demands the same care as a hard board.
  • • Respect your board to reap longevity.

Here is an interesting tip for protecting your paddle blade. From Seabreeze:


BOARD STYLE: Inflatable

General inflatable how to SUP Repair tips

Inflatable SUPs are a popular choice among stand up paddle boarders due to their portability and ease of use. However, like any other type of paddle board, ISUPs can sometimes suffer from damage, which may require repairs. Here are the steps you can follow to repair your inflatable SUP:

  1. Identify the location and type of damage: Before you can begin repairing your SUP, you need to identify the location and type of damage. Common types of damage include punctures, tears, and leaks. You can usually identify the location of the damage by inflating the board and looking for air bubbles or hissing sounds.
  2. Clean and dry the area: Once you have identified the location of the damage, clean the area with a damp cloth and allow it to dry completely. It's important to make sure that the area is clean and dry to ensure that the patch adheres properly.
  3. Apply a patch: Once the area is clean and dry, you can apply a patch to cover the damaged area. You can use a repair kit that usually comes with your SUP, which includes adhesive patches and sometimes a solvent to clean the area before the patch is applied. Apply the adhesive to the patch and press it firmly onto the damaged area. Make sure to follow the instructions that came with your repair kit for best results.
  4. Allow the patch to dry: After you have applied the patch, allow it to dry completely. The drying time may vary depending on the type of adhesive used, so be sure to follow the instructions that came with your repair kit.
  5. Inflate the board and test for leaks: Once the patch has dried, inflate the board and test it for leaks. If the board still leaks, you may need to repeat the patching process or try to identify other leaks.

It's important to note that while these steps can help you repair minor damage to your SUP, more significant damage may require professional repair or even replacement of the board. In addition, it's a good idea to regularly inspect your SUP for signs of wear and tear and take steps to prevent damage in the first place, such as storing the board properly and avoiding contact with sharp objects or rough surfaces.

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How to SUP repair tips for finding leaks - inflatable SUPs.

Patch and reinforce an Inflatable SUP. By NRS.

HARD Board

There are some quick fixes using pre-mixed epoxy or repair tape. There is also the conventional method, requiring manual mixing of resin and hardener. Be sure the area you are working on is clean and dry before you start.


"Solarez" Epoxy Repair Putty is formulated for repairing styrofoam-core (EPS) boards. Perfect for fixing and sealing cracks and dings. It completely cures in as little as 3 minutes when exposed to direct sunlight. This product reduces the human error factor present in the conventional mixing of resins and hardeners, and speeds up the repair process. 

BIC SUPs Jimmy Blakeney shows you how to repair fiberglass and plastic stand up paddleboards and surfboards.

How to SUP repair tips for a SUP that flew off a car

Here's a quick and temporary way to repair an open ding on your paddle board. This method can be re-done over and over until you are ready to have a proper permanent job done. So easy. 

Repair an epoxy composite board. by Starboard

How to repair a crack or ding for SUP and Surboard

Paddleboard repair secrets by DingDrx

More on Solarez products

The following video explains the purpose of each kind of Solarez product. It includes Solarez for Epoxy boards.

Beginner paddleboard maintenance tips.

Apply rail tape to reinforce and make ding resistance. By Blue Planet.

LiftSUP handle installation


DESCRIPTION: A very good explanation of how to look after your board, as well as suggestions and reviews for repair products.

BOARD STYLE: Epoxy or Polyester

DESCRIPTION: Ding All SUP Repair Kit

BOARD STYLE: Hard boards

"Quick fix" ding repair

By Paiwen

This is about as quick as it gets. A product you can use on the spot. It dries in 15 minutes then you're back on the water. Quick fix is a pure resin (no fibreglass pieces mixed in). Just fill in the ding, cover with tape making sure there are no air bubbles. Dry in 15 minutes, remove tape and you are ready to go. Consider this repair temporary. Seek professional repair afterwards.

Marine-Tex epoxy. This is an epoxy putty that can be found at marine, hardware or auto stores. Five parts epoxy resin to one part hardener will do it.

Repair to a SUP damaged by a Forklift

Small dings using an instant filler and sealer called

Most of us aren't set up to board repair so efficiently as in this video but it certainly gives a clear sample of how the professionals do it.

Fin Box Repair

Note: the video shows repair to a "Futures" fin box using aluzine epoxy resin

Leash Repair

Repair a SUP surf leash – re-attach the cord to the ankle strap.

Paddle Repair and cut paddle to length

Not exactly repair – this is an instructional video – how to cut a stand up paddle to length.

PADDLE STYLE: carbon foam filled paddle

Repair to a carbon fibre foam filled paddle – split perpendicular to the shaft.

SUP Repair board stand

Height adjustable board stands for multiple uses made by Jeff Casper.

BOARD STANDS from Jeff Casper on Vimeo.

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