Thursday, June 5, 2008

HOT DAMN! POP TART VS HAND LAID



OK boys and girls, it's time to dedicate some blog space to some real watermen on some real SUP boards. That's right damn it!! I'm going to post some big time SUP home boys surfing some good old fashioned hand laid epoxy boards. Now don't get me wrong, I have no problem with pop out boards and I have no problem where pop out boards are made. In fact I have surfed just about every pop out board on the market and have liked most of them. Bottom line is this, the pop out board just doesn't have the same feel as a real hand laid glass board in my humble opinion. Are we not men damn it!!! OUT.

7 comments:

flipper said...

nice pix! but, anyway, off topic here: i'm thinking of using monster grip on the nose of my wood veneer looking starboard SUP and since you've done it with a similar board i have a couple of questions.
are you using the clear colored spray grip? the company says it's amber-tinted. how does that look over the veneer?
are you preparing the board's surface with acetone or by lightly sanding?
two coats or one?
any other tips? thanks!

Jim Brewer said...

Flipper-Yes, use the clear Monster Grip on the nose of your board. It is a little amber but that will be no problem on the Starboard. I talked with the Monster grip guy and he has a new formula that is totally clear now. As for the prep I tape off the pin line and lightly sand the area to be covered with some 220 grit sandpaper. Then I wipe it down with acetone. One coat will do the trick. This is a great product and I recommend it for the front of all SUP boards.

flipper said...

Thanks, Jim. For some reason spraying on the grip causes me no concern; it's the sanding bit that worries me: somehow it seems almost like a sacrilege. i'd rather just do an acetone wipe down but if it takes more, then i guess i'll just have to do it.

flipper said...

btw/ i just went to the site to place an order for a can of spray grip and they want to charge me $15 for shipping the stuff, which is $2 more than the paint itself. i'm going to call the company later to check on that, because if that's right, i wouldn't order from them just as a matter of principle. and they're talking 15 for UPS *ground* for christ's sake. oof!

Jim Brewer said...

Flipper-Do you live in Santa Barbara? I am going to get my hands on a bunch of the spray grip and put it in the local shops. That will solve the shipping cost problem. As for sanding the front of your board you don't have to sand it if you don't feel comfortable with that. Acetone will work fine. In fact you can just spray it on with no prep and it will still stick. However, if you spray the stuff on you might as well sand/prep because the spray grip is there forever. OUT.

miso hahney said...

"Charlie don't surf!"

flipper said...

i called the company and, yup, i was told that $15 is indeed the UPS ground shipping price ... for a can of paint that weighs 12 ounces and costs 13.97. wow, is that totally nuts or what? if you do line up a few other sources, please let me know and i'll be the first to place an order.