FAQs

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Finishes – What is the difference – Acrylic, Wet-sanded Gloss, Polished Gloss etc.?

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The Finish on your surfboard is up to you. It depends upon what is important to you as far as weight, quality and the look you prefer.

Acrylic Finish- We use a 3 step Acrylic process. After the board is hot-coated and sanded, we spray the rails, then apply a sealer coat of Acrylic. The board is then scotch brite blocked and then the final layer is applied that gives it a Matte Satin finish. This is the lightest and fastest finish for high performance boards. Its less expensive, and not as strong as the other options.

WetSanded Gloss - After the board is hot-coated and sanded, we apply another layer of "gloss" Resin to coat the board top and bottom. The board is then "Wet-Sanded" to 320 to a soft matte finish. The board is a little heavier due to the extra layer of gloss resin, but at the same time that layer offers extra protection and the board tends to last longer and is a little tougher. Physics tells us that a matte finish microscopically holds tiny air bubbles that slide with less drag on the water thus creating a faster finish than a Polished gloss finish. Some people swear by it, others so feel a difference.

Polished Gloss -After the board is hot-coated and sanded, we apply a layer of "gloss" Resin to coat the board top and bottom. The board is then sanded carefully from 400 grit, 600 grit, 800 grit and if its a dark board, 1000 grit wet/dry sand paper. Then polished with 3 different compounds used with buffing pads to deliver a high gloss showroom finish that is shiney. It takes about 2-3 hours to polish a board.

Combo Polish - Just like the name infers, some of the board is Polished to a high shine and parts are sanded to matte to cause different textures of design on the finish of the board. Custom and totally visual, doesn't have functional significance unless you think it does!

 

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Fins Systems – Single Fin Box to Futures, FCS IIs and Glass-ons

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Fins are very important and can change the way your board works, influencing the speed and turning ability. The model of the board will dictate the fins you request on your board. Your Shaper will have good advice for you on what type of fins will be best for the board you order and will mark the shaped blank for fin placement which is crutial. There are alot of different fins and fin systems and combinations. Here is some "Fin Vocabulary" you'll need to know when you make the decision on a fin system.

Single Fin Box - or Fins Unlimited box, 10" Fin Box Supplied by Fins Unlimited, it is the standard center fin system used universally today. It has a "tab" nut and screw that allows the fin to be moved forward and back in the box. Always seen on Longboards and some midrange boards.

FCS Plugs - FCS (Surf Hardware) first fin system - "X-2 Plugs" have been super popular for the last 10 years or more. they are round plugs that are routed into the board - 2 for each FCS fin System fin. You will see faint circles on the top side of the board through the glass, that is normal and means they are installed correctly. If you don't want to see those circles, choose another fin system.  There is a small screw that you use a FCS tool to tighten or loosen your fins to take them out. You can go to their website to see what fins are available, we provide a basic thermo glass fin on the basic end with your G&S board for no charge, however,  you can upgrade to any fins you choose, just let us know.

FCS II - FCS ( Surf Hardware) newest fin system that has been out for the last few years and is gaining popularity. The boxes are black and white and look high tech. The fins Click in or can be screwed in if you want to use your legacy FCS fins in the new fin system. They look pretty modern and are used for short, performance boards mostly.

Future Boxes - Futures are popular with higher end boards because the installation doesn't show through to the deck like the FCS plugs to interrupt the beauty of your nice Resin tint. Future boxes come in alot of color choices: Black, White, Olive, Purple, Blue, Yellow, Red, Hot Pink, Orange. So if you want to color coordinate, you are in luck. They are strong and tested. Alot of shapers prefer Futures.

Glass On Fins - Your choices are: Marine Ply fins, Bamboo fins, or Glass fins. We can custom make you fins for your board with a template or can supply standard fins for Twin Keels, Bonzers, Tri Sets and Quads, Mini Sim Round Keels...its endless and your the boss.

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Color – What are my options?

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Color is subjective and personal. There are many many options for surfboards.
For the minimalist there is "Clear" which is just the white foam showing through the glass work. For everyone else here is a vocabulary list of color options:

Pinlines - Pinlines are taped off usually inset from the outline of the board on the deck or the bottom of the board. Pinlines can be fancy and flair out or be straight they are airbrushed either directly on the foam for Acrylic boards or on the "hotcoat" after lamination under the gloss resin layer. Pinlines can be taped off and applied in colored resin also which gives a raised feel to the touch. Airbrush or Resin Pinlines are about $30-40

Airbrush - Airbrushing came into surfboard production about the mid-70's before that color was all pigments in resin.  Airbrush graphics are all custom and the board is taped off by color. Its a great option for custom graphics and is relatively inexpensive. Airbrush color is $45 and up.

Resin Tint or Opaque - with a shift to Retro nostalgia, Resin Tints and Opaques are popular. The process is done with the lamination and the pigment color is added to the laminating resin and squeegeed into the fibreglass. Tints are translucent and Opaques are solid. You can have a milky 50% Opaque that is solid but you can slightly see the stringer through. For color we use pantones (color chips that ID color for the design industry) that help make sure the color you see if the color we make. With a Tint or Opaque, the laminator has to cut the "lap" of fibreglass from the top that wraps to the bottom or vise versa so there is a seam or "Cut lap" that runs about 2" in from the edge of the board on deck and bottom. Deck patches or Tail patches and the rails will appear darker in a tint because of the layered glass that holds more of the pigment. Resin tints can have abstract designs or "dips" of color or have an inlay of color. There is a whole array of options.
single color tints run $110 and go up from there for multiple color abstracts and inlays.

Printed Fiberglass - Special designs that are requested or pictures work well printed on the fiberglass. We can special order fiberglass graphics that we can then laminate on your board. There is extra care needed in measuring your board and carefully laying out the artwork to fit so prices are based on our inhouse graphics set up added to the cost of the printed fibreglass but it is a great option and can be a very reasonable option.

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What is a Custom board vs. Board off the rack?

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A Custom Board is a board that is either just like one on the rack but in the color you want, or it can be custom dimensions or volume based on your surfing needs and/or goals or your body size or the type of wave at your local break. Our shapers know how to tweak your current shape to help you become a better surfer. A Custom board will take up to 8 weeks as opposed to taking a board off the rack. Good things are worth the wait!  The price is the same.

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How do I know what size to order?

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The size you order will be based on what size you are currently riding, your surfing experience, your height, and your weight. The shaper can take those crutial bits of info and make a board that is in the right size range for you.

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How does the Custom Board Process Work?

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  1. We  give you an estimate based on the length, model, fins, finish and color. Shipping and packing are options as well.  (Shipping within the Continental USA with packing run between $150-$200)
  2. We require a 50% deposit or $500. We take Visa & Mastercard, Paypal, Cash and Checks. You can either do it on-line or in person. Here is the link to our Custom Board Order Area This deposit is refundable up until the board is shaped unless you are requesting a super custom stringer configuration in your blank.
  3. We go over your order details with you and once we have that complete, we order the blank from US Blanks.
  4. The blank arrives and in line for shaping. At this time if requested or if design questions still remain, the shaper may call you to nail down the details.
  5. Once its shaped it will start the glassing process. We shape and glass at our own surfboard factory so we have full control of the process. These are the steps in the glassing process: lamination, hot coat, fin system installation or glass-on, sanding, acrylic or gloss coat & polish.
  6. We check it out and if it meets our high quality standards, It's done!
  7. The whole process takes usually between 6-8 weeks but can take longer depending upon your custom options and the season. Spring and Summer are busy!
  8. We contact you and you can come pick it up and make your final payment, or we can ship it out to you.