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SURFBOARD SHAPING KITS

1. What is included in the beginner surfboard shaping kit?

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2. What resin and hardener is in the Surfermag surfboard shaping kit?

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3. Do you offer an all in one Longboard kit that I can use to shape a longboard? I ride Lake Michigan and a short or fun board really isn't good for riding our 'weak' lake waves.

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4. I’m shaping and ordeing a shaping starter kit, so a recommendation for which fins and fin system to get would be super helpful/awesome.

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5. I'm looking at ordering the surfermag shaping kit (ordered the starter kit and have been having a blast... ready for the next one!). What's the density of the blank included in the kit? Weight of the glass? I'd like to get 2 pcf and 6 oz if possible.

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6. I am interested in pricing a beginner shaping kit for my daughter Maggie. What is not included in the kit that we would need to buy.

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7. I noticed that packed with the glass cloth are sheets of this thin tissue paper like product. I assume this is for doing artwork, right?

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8. I was wondering if I get the surfer mag epoxy kit, what are the bare necessity tools I need to shape my board.

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1. What is included in the beginner surfboard shaping kit?

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Our beginner surfboard shaping kits include everything you need to get started shaping boards at home by hand. All the materials, tools, instructions, safety equipment, and support. All you need extra is wood and screws to build your shaping racks. We even give you padding for the shaping racks you build and a free outline template of your choice from our Template Library.

The only thing not included is the fin boxes and fin install supplies since that is a personal preference and usually depends on what type of fins you currently own.

The beginner kits come with an Engineered EPS blank and epoxy resin so you can build a stronger board that will last (most people keep their first shape as a memory of the fun) and it's much less toxic and smelly than glassing with polyester resin so you can do it in your garage or basement without stinking the whole house up!

We ship the beginner kits to your door with UPS to reduce the shipping costs.. you will glue the blank halves and stringer together in a simple process. Here's a video of how to glue your blank to save about $100 in shipping costs!

2. What resin and hardener is in the Surfermag surfboard shaping kit?

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 Resin Research ULTRA 2000CE epoxy resin with SLOW Hardener and Additive F Surfacing Agent is included in our Beginner Surfboard Shaping Kits.

Our Board-in-a-box EPS/EPOXY Kits come with Resin Research Quik Kick ULTRA epoxy resin as well as Additive F for hotcoating.


3. Do you offer an all in one Longboard kit that I can use to shape a longboard? I ride Lake Michigan and a short or fun board really isn't good for riding our 'weak' lake waves.

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Our kits are packaged for cheap shipping. 6'6" is the longest blank we can ship with FedeX.

If you want a longboard kit shipping will be $150 to your local freight center. You can create your own kit by choosing a blank, fiberglassing kit, shaping kit, and finboxes.

4. I’m shaping and ordeing a shaping starter kit, so a recommendation for which fins and fin system to get would be super helpful/awesome.

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For a first timer, the least expensive fin system to install is FCS X-2 Plugs, [2 plugs per fin... for a tri fin you'll order 4 RAIL plugs and 2 CENTER Plugs, if you're making a quad fin order 8 RAIL plugs as the RAIL Plugs have a fin cant angle molded in] FCS X-2 Plugs only require a normal power drill, X-2 Holesaw bit. and quick set jigs


Here's how to install the X-2 plugs and a diagram of standard fin placements:


The things that we would suggest to make this an easy install are the FCS dummy install jigs and a g square or versasquare for laying out fin placements. The quick set jigs are an easy one time use product and the g square or versasquare is a tool you will use forever in your board building...


NOTE: For EPS boards use Resin Research Quick Kick Epoxy to reduce exotherm and prevent melting the foam. See Step 4. 



1. FCS X-2 and FACTORY plugs are installed after the hotcoat. After installation and the resin has cured, you sand them down flush with the board while sanding the bottom.



2. Once you have the quickset jigs laid out on the board (lined up with your shapers dots) you will use a FCS Hole Saw bit to make your holes for the plugs. Drill the hole 5'8" deep and pull the foam out with needle nose plyers or dig out with a flathead screw driver. 



3. We suggest using either FCS dummy jigs or a set of fins to set the plugs with the correct spacing as well as adjust the fin cant angle. Lightly screw the plugs onto the dummy jig tabs. If using fin keep the plugs loose on the fin tabs so you can push them down to where the "nubs" on the plugs touch the hotcoat.



4. Polyester boards: Mix 1 oz of resin per plug. (6 oz total for a tri-fin, 8 oz total for a quad). 


    EPS boards:  Use Resin Research Quick Kick resin.  In temperatures hotter than 80 degrees F, mix 1/2 oz per plug. You will fill the plug hole twice to reduce exotherm and prevent melting the foam. 



5. Polyester Board: Pour about 1/3 oz of mixed resin into the holes. 


    EPS Board: Pour about 1/2 oz mixed resin into the holes.



6. Place the plugs in the holes with the dummy jig or fins to ensure proper alignment. Set the fin cant to the desired angle and hold in place with tape. Here is an illustration of taping the fins in place (these are glass ons but same taping methods apply to FCS fin plugs)


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7. Polyester Boards: Using a small cup (dixie cups work great) carefully pour resin around the perimeter of the plug so it runs into the drilled hole. Be careful not to over fill! Fill just under the lip of the plug and jig. 

   EPS Boards: In temps above 80 degrees F, let the first pour cure for about 2 hours then mix another 1/2 oz Quik Kick resin per plug an top off.


Once the resin cures remove the jigs and sand the plugs down until they are flush with the board.  


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Three other fin box options that are installed before fiberglassing your board are:

We also have FCS Fusion fin plugs which require a Fusion Install kit and trim router.


Another option is the new FCS II fin system which require a FCS II Install kit and trim router.


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Futures Fin system which requires a Futures intstall kit with router


5. I'm looking at ordering the surfermag shaping kit (ordered the starter kit and have been having a blast... ready for the next one!). What's the density of the blank included in the kit? Weight of the glass? I'd like to get 2 pcf and 6 oz if possible.

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Good to hear from you! The Surfermag kits include 2# density blank and 4 oz cloth.


We can substitute 6 oz cloth in the kit for an additional fee


Let me know if that's cool and we'll email you a special payment link. Please indicate what size blank you want and fin system.

6. I am interested in pricing a beginner shaping kit for my daughter Maggie. What is not included in the kit that we would need to buy.

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Our Surfboard Shaping Starter Kit includes all the materials, tools, and instruction needed to build a surfboard. Only thing needed to purchase is a leash from a surf shop when complete. 


Also your daughter will need to build shaping racks from wood and fiberglassing racks from wood, buckets and a bag of cement or sand. The total cost for those materials from Home Depot is about $30

7. I noticed that packed with the glass cloth are sheets of this thin tissue paper like product. I assume this is for doing artwork, right?

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The logo rice paper can be printed on with an inkjet printer, or drawn on with posca pens, acrylic paint, or india inks. Do not use sharpie markers as they will bleed when wet out with resin. 


It is best to put the logo paper directly on the foam on the bottom of the board, and in between the two layers of fiberglass on the deck to protect it from sanding. You can also put it on top of a cured lamination and put a small piece of fiberglass over it. We use 1.5 oz fiberglass for this. It is common for board builders to laminate the board with a dark color pigment then put the logos on top of it with the 1.5 oz fiberglass cloth protecting the logos.


8. I was wondering if I get the surfer mag epoxy kit, what are the bare necessity tools I need to shape my board.

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We have a shaping tool kit package with a few more useful tools than the bare necessities but to shape and glass the board with epoxy resin the minimal tools needed are as follows:


Handsaw

Shaping Rasp or G-rasp

Wood block or shaping block

Tiger Shark Sand Paper

Trim plane for stringer

Sandshark Rail Sanding Screen


Squeegee

Mixing Buckets

Scissors

4" Hotcoat Brush (2X)

Masking Tape


Holesaw for fin plug and leash plug install (if using FCS X-2 plugs or Factory Fin Plugs)

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