Spending for a sup board is a huge investment. It’s the reality. Thus, you should take care of your board really well. One of the most noticeable damage that can be seen after a few paddling occasions is the wear of protective finish on the board.
In this article, we provide three strategies to take care of your board and make sure it always looks like new for many years.
Avoid dirt and clean your SUP
When you are paddling on calm water, bear in mind that they contain salt and are briny. Meanwhile, salt water in the ocean can be quite corrosive. So, here’s the tip: Whether you are paddling either on flat water or salt water, always clean up your board with clean, treated water after you get out of your paddling zone.
Take a look at some anglers. Almost all experienced anglers will rinse their reel & rod after fishing. This is what makes the gears look new and keep functioning well for long.
Like every month or two, try to clean of your pad and paddleboard using a cleaner that is specifically made for your boards. Wrong cleaner might damage the skin materials. Use sponge or non-abrasive cloth plus mild cleaner to remove any oil that sticks to the boards.
Sun Bathing? Not for paddle boards
When on the water, your board will maintain its coolness although the sun is at its peak due to the natural radiator properties of the water. However, when you took your board out of the water during extremely hot and sunny days, it can cause sudden expansion to the materials (heat cause material to expand – scientific fact!). The repetitive expansion and contraction of composite materials of the paddle board will cause delamination.
In order to prevent delamination, one should avoid storing the board in the sun. Ensure that the board is out of direct exposure from sunlight for a long time.
If you find it a burden, go and buy a bag or sock for your sup. This accessory usually has reflective properties, which can minimize the negative effect of the sunlight.
However, don’t store your board in the bag when it is still wet. The water droplet can turn into mini sauna, causing more pores to open in the epoxy layer, which is then forming a mini bubbles slightly under the surface. This damage can be repaired but it’s not worth to pay for that.
“X-Spot” of paddle boards
Don’t be surprised. Your sup boards can be a little bit sensitive around the area where the resin and glass layer is the thinnest, which can be found typically on the pointed, curved surfaces such as rails, nose and tail. These spots make them prone to destruction.
Tape these weakest spots. However, this is not the best solution as it makes your board doesn’t look good. But, it can prevent damages to your board.
Another care tips is to use padding to shelter the rails. This is important since it is somewhat problematic during storage, where your board might hit the floors, walls or shelves when you are trying to store them.
These are some free/least expensive solutions that can be practised in order to prevent damages to your SUPs and maintain its new look. It is really worth to really take a good care of your board. Well-cared sup will last much longer and maintain its value.
Following these relatively inexpensive solutions can go a long way to minimize future repair costs. A well-cared for paddle board holds its value and should last you for many years.