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Sugar / epoxy deck grip

Postby andylc » Sun Jul 02, 2017 11:07 am

Hi,
I plan to buy a second hand surfboard maybe 5ft 8 or so (I weigh 65kg), and gonstrapless with it. Yesterday I was chatting to a fellow kitesurfer who had a similar board which he had finished with epoxy and sugar, leaving a fantastic thin grippy surface - is it that simple - ie paint on a surfboard epoxy, sprinkle a load of sugar on it and leave to dry?
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Re: Sugar / epoxy deck grip

Postby ELI » Sun Jul 02, 2017 1:50 pm

In a manner yes, it is that simple .Info via Google. There is a lot of variation in material used and methods. I use deck pads ,soft on the feet ,some cushion and no need for repetitive waxing for different temps.

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Re: Sugar / epoxy deck grip

Postby NorCalNomad » Mon Jul 03, 2017 12:36 am

Just get regular stick on deck pads. Wayyy better than the ghetto sugar trick

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Re: Sugar / epoxy deck grip

Postby Kamikuza » Mon Jul 03, 2017 7:19 am

I thought about doing it then read something about it being as bad as sandpaper, and thought that made sense so went with clear adhesive deck tape.

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Re: Sugar / epoxy deck grip

Postby piccio » Mon Jul 03, 2017 7:40 am

forget it ....after one hour on water ....skinfeet softening above sandpaper.....small cut and bood!!!

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Re: Sugar / epoxy deck grip

Postby Lokihel » Mon Jul 03, 2017 10:06 am

Man up! Crushed glass and epoxy work best!


There is probably a reason why most people still use deckpads and wax instead of built-in solutions, but my feet hurt too much from the numerous cuts to think about it.

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Re: Sugar / epoxy deck grip

Postby gilana » Tue Jul 04, 2017 4:55 am

I use Sugar quite often for non skid, but not in the way described above.
You don't want to be walking on broken glass.
The method is to use 2 part Polyurethane paint, because epoxy is not UV stable.
Mask off the areas.
Paint an even but thick coat in those areas.
WAIT for the hardener to kick, ie not tacky but not cured, still soft.
Sprinkle your sugar on (various grades available)
Let the paint go off, usually 4 - 6 hours.
Rinse and dissolve the sugar away.
This leaves indentations and creates a nice non-skid surface with micro pores.

A variation, is to use a fabric of choice, after the paint gels but still soft, wet the fabric with soapy water, then place carefully, squeegee it flat and smooth, and keep it wet for the next 4-6 hours without moving it in the slightest. After paint has hardened, remove cloth and the impression will be there. Its a bit more slippery than the sugar method.

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Re: Sugar / epoxy deck grip

Postby zerogee_ca » Tue Jul 04, 2017 6:16 am

Lokihel wrote:
Mon Jul 03, 2017 10:06 am
There is probably a reason why most people still use deckpads and wax instead of built-in solutions, but my feet hurt too much from the numerous cuts to think about it.
This type of grip has been used for decades in windsurfing. I have used it on my windsurfers and some of my surfboards for kiting. Works the best. Great traction with no added thickness or mess. Never had issues with bloody feet.

Some prefer the cleanliness, comfort and protection that pads can provide. While some surfing traditionalists hate the added thickness under their feet.

This type of deck grip is not used in surfing because it will wreck your skin on your torso and arms, rash guards, boardshorts, and wetsuits when paddling.

If you don't use your kite surfboard for surfing or don't have baby feet this is an excellent option for traction.

Done right you can still see your graphics too.

I used the spray on stuff recently. Worked great with less mess in application.

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Re: Sugar / epoxy deck grip

Postby yomotha » Tue Jul 04, 2017 2:32 pm

I use a "wax mat" on my board... works great... I actually put it on another of my boards after trying it on my first.

http://www.surfcohawaii.com/Wax-Mat-s/159.htm

There are other brands available as well.

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Re: Sugar / epoxy deck grip

Postby NorCalNomad » Tue Jul 04, 2017 2:45 pm

gilana wrote: because epoxy is not UV stable.
Well that's not true at all if you're using good epoxy.


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