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Repair of torn topsheet/sidewall of iM82

post #1 of 4
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Hi All,

 

I was hit by another skier and either his edge or ski tip dug into the very top of my sidewall and tore and separated the topsheet of my iM82 ski a bit. See included pictures below. Besides that the torn topsheet is very sharp, I am also concerned about further separation and water damage. I cleaned out the area with a razor and tried epoxying both the separated area and the tear with some Devcon 2-ton epoxy (12 hour) using clamps and wax paper-covered heavy duty metal strips. I let it cure for 24 hours solid at room temperature. But afterwards, nothing really held very well together. The epoxy was very brittle and I could easily take it all apart again with fairly light pressure. I was pretty careful to try to use equal amounts of both the resin and hardener, but maybe I didn't. If I look at the tubes, it almost seems like I used more resin than hardener. Maybe that was it, maybe not. Perhaps I should try some different epoxy and/or a process. Any suggestions? I don't want to keep having to do this over and over again. I will probably try cleaning out the area with some alcohol again too.

 

Thanks Nick.

 

 

 

post #2 of 4

Cut, or file off the sharp piece and then ski the ski. Don't worry about that minor damage. one of my old AC4's had a dime size nick in the top sheet. 3 years later they still skied fine.

 

The ski is water proof even on the inside...

 

You don't need a perfect top sheet or perfect bases for the ski to perform at its best.

post #3 of 4

Marine repair shops sell a Gel Coat repair kit. It comes with a two part resin material and about 5 or six colors to mix the color of your choice http://www.jmsonline.net/fib-108000.htm?gclid=CMnSjZDZ1LUCFap_Qgod9zoAng

 

I used this to repair the top of my old Atomic R11 BEta-Puls a few years ago. It works perfect and you can match the green sidewall and topskin

 

I taped a piece of material (I may of used cardboard on the side of the ski to create flat wall and filled in the gouge and the gap! 

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I just realized that I never finished up this thread.

 

I went ahead and cleaned out the epoxy that never seemed to hold - it was quite brittle - and mixed up a new batch  but REALLY being precise on measuring out the resin and the hardener and mixing it very very well. Glued the whole thing again. This time it held solidly. That epoxy Devcon 2-ton is superb if you mix it appropriately.

 

Thanks all!!!

 

Nick
 

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