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QLD
52 Posts
Posted 5/12/2012, 7:06 pm        Report
Has anybody made their own deck pad using 3mm eva yoga mat? Anybody know what the eva density for a sup pad is? And density of an eva yoga mat? amart allsports have mats for $40, range of colours and patterns. Large enough to do. Couple of boards. Cheers
QLD
437 Posts
Posted 5/12/2012, 7:35 pm        Report
Yoga mats would be soft and spongy to use as deck grip. Also they have no adhesive a smooth surface and are very water absorbent more like a sponge. Why wouldn't you just use deck grip?
QLD
52 Posts
Posted 6/12/2012, 7:32 am        Report
G'day Rager, thanks for reply. Further research and I have discovered that he yoga mats hold water so that idea is out the door. Applying adhesive is a fairly straightforward process. Apparently it is the adhesive backing which makes the commercial pads so ridiculously expensive for what they are. Why? I like to make and fix my own stuff. My life would be much easier (and far less interesting)if I just bought stuff but I'm not wired that way. Cheers Ps still keen to know what density a commercial pad is and am currently investigating clear spray on traction http://www.monster-spray.co.nz/ Would be great for timber boards
QLD
52 Posts
Posted 6/12/2012, 8:34 am        Report
Already been talked about http://www.seabreeze.com.au/forums/Stand-Up-Paddle/SUP/Spray-on-Clear-Anti-Slip-Grip-from-Bunnings/ Will pop over to hobie murrarie for a chat
VIC
5000 Posts
Posted 6/12/2012, 9:08 am        Report
Boof, I made a deckpad for my windsurfer from a couple of eva pool mats. I basically set up a router with a jig & routered opposing diagonal grooves - worked a treat! As mentioned though, best to make sure that it won't hold water. Just to add, after sup'ing with a waxed board vs a deckgrip - I'd nearly go wax (or monstergrip), there's also this product- http://www.newaxoz.com/
QLD
52 Posts
Posted 6/12/2012, 11:20 am        Report
Hobie keep monster spray on the shelf. $30 a can. Appears to be amuch better option for a timber board. They let me spray some on my wifes bamboo knife block which I had in th car. Only the one coat but I can still see the timber figuring easily. Will go searching for some online reviews. Cheers
QLD
437 Posts
Posted 6/12/2012, 6:22 pm        Report
BoofHead65 said... G'day Rager, thanks for reply. Further research and I have discovered that he yoga mats hold water so that idea is out the door. Applying adhesive is a fairly straightforward process. Apparently it is the adhesive backing which makes the commercial pads so ridiculously expensive for what they are. Why? I like to make and fix my own stuff. My life would be much easier (and far less interesting)if I just bought stuff but I'm not wired that way. Cheers Ps still keen to know what density a commercial pad is and am currently investigating clear spray on traction http://www.monster-spray.co.nz/ Would be great for timber boards
Sounds like unlike me you're a handy kind of bloke. Have you looked into cork for grip? Some companies are using it mixed with other foam materials. You can buy it in 3mm thick sheets that you could maybe rout or sand a pattern into. Could be a bit hard under foot though.
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Posted 6/12/2012, 7:11 pm        Report
rager said...
BoofHead65 said... G'day Rager, thanks for reply. Further research and I have discovered that he yoga mats hold water so that idea is out the door. Applying adhesive is a fairly straightforward process. Apparently it is the adhesive backing which makes the commercial pads so ridiculously expensive for what they are. Why? I like to make and fix my own stuff. My life would be much easier (and far less interesting)if I just bought stuff but I'm not wired that way. Cheers Ps still keen to know what density a commercial pad is and am currently investigating clear spray on traction http://www.monster-spray.co.nz/ Would be great for timber boards
Sounds like unlike me you're a handy kind of bloke. Have you looked into cork for grip? Some companies are using it mixed with other foam materials. You can buy it in 3mm thick sheets that you could maybe rout or sand a pattern into. Could be a bit hard under foot though.
cork!!!!!, you should bottle that idea
WA
690 Posts
Posted 6/12/2012, 7:37 pm        Report
Cork, been done! - I stole the idea off one of those greenies wood surfboard forums. I used 5mm thick floor mats from Bunnings but they add a bit of weight feel a bit thick underfoot so I bought a roll of 1.5mm thick self adhesive to stick on but have not had a chance yet to stick it on. But I must say Cork is the grippiest grip I have ever had. So get a grip and use cork! Rich
QLD
52 Posts
Posted 6/12/2012, 7:47 pm        Report
That looks great. Do you have a pic of the whole board? I pimped up my sons bamboo longboard by cutting circles out of the grip tape. Looks good and I reckon cork spots on a board would look great Did you seal the cork with anything?
WA
690 Posts
Posted 6/12/2012, 10:47 pm        Report
Hey lacey, I like your ways- I enjoy making things often costing alot more but it is all part of the fun in making it. No other pics, I didn't continue with that pattern as the gaps between the pieces felt a bit uncomfortable and was a bit thick under foot, that is why I order the thinner self adhesive cork. You do not need to seal the cork as cork does not absorb much, look at champagne and old wine bottles. A while back I had seen surfboard back grip made with cork and it looked great, I think it may have been on EBay. Cork is a very cheap and effective alternative if not better than normal board grip, it last longer and a **** load grippier. I would never spend $80+ on board grip again, it is a total rip off for what it is, they make that stuff for like a $1 a metre - someone is making a **** load.
 
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