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Created by NicoDC > 9 months ago, 15 Jun 2020
NicoDC
146 posts
15 Jun 2020 12:52AM
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Hi Guys,


Just got this nasty Tabou Speedster 85 (2015) and want to restore it to it's full glory.
I recon it doen't need any big repairs besides a better nose job, filling some tiny holes and a good paintjob.

Concerning the paint job: how & how much do you think I should sand it down?

Cheers!
Nico

decrepit
WA, 11079 posts
15 Jun 2020 9:06AM
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It's very hard to see like that. If you're confident of the repair underneath, sand it smooth, and test with some spray putty, that will show up any small irregularities.

Paducah
1817 posts
15 Jun 2020 8:15PM
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"Just got this nasty Tabou Speedster 85 (2015) and want to restore it to it's full glory."

Me: 2015? That's not that old... I have a lot of boards older than that.

Me after seeing picture: Holy sh**

+1 on what decrepit said. The nose took a beating, too. You might want to weigh it to see how much water may be lurking inside.

NicoDC
146 posts
15 Jun 2020 10:08PM
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There have been done several repairs it seems:
1. The nose, done all wrong. Need to sand it back, shape it with putty and glass it
2. The white spots seem solid
3. Some holes (don't know why they are there, maybe because it had water in it or softspots) filled up with epoxy. Not the cleanest or most solid way of repairing but they seem ok.

The board weighs 11kg so +25% compared to its factory build.
The good news is that it's rock solid and had been sitting in a garage for over a year with the air valve open so it should be dry.

I'm thinking of ordering the following stuff:
1. in general: waterproof sandpaper (80, 180 & 400 or 600), gloves & protective foil
2. the nose : fiber cloth (160gr/m2), epoxy resin, a brush, a mixing cup, a spatula
3. small repairs: 1kg of polyester putty, some putty spatula
4. paint job: acetone, 2K automotive spray

It's my first windsurf DIY so quiet a lot to consider and any help is welcome.

This week I want to prepare the rebuild so I can start next week.

NicoDC
146 posts
15 Jun 2020 10:13PM
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Some more pictures:
Due to corona it seems like I'll be stuck in Belgium so I have plenty of time to make it surfable again


















Grantmac
1365 posts
16 Jun 2020 2:32AM
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Injected epoxy is a big red flag for me:
boardlady.com/injection.htm

Not saying its unrecoverable, but plan on injecting some foam in there or it's just going to crunch as soon as it gets an impact.

NicoDC
146 posts
16 Jun 2020 2:48AM
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Grantmac said..
Injected epoxy is a big red flag for me:
boardlady.com/injection.htm

Not saying its unrecoverable, but plan on injecting some foam in there or it's just going to crunch as soon as it gets an impact.


I recon drilling them out would be the most durable option, but it's a tough job.
The board being a wide freeracer shouldn't get to much impact.
I might try fixing one and see where it gets me, thanks!

Imax1
QLD, 3708 posts
16 Jun 2020 7:09AM
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That is one sad looking board
At 25 % extra weight, has it been repaired with concrete ?
It looks to me it's been totally water logged , softened all over , delaminated and then used a lot . The nose is the least of your worries . It's the sides at the mast box that looks to be crushed from uphauling and then just filled with bog that looks nasty . And the injecting resin in other soft spots is also not a good sign .
To repair this properly would be a huge effort , probably at least removing most of the deck and rebuilding.
The time , money and skills involved to do this , it would be better to build a new board .
Id say it's totally stuffed and not worth fixing .
Its going to be a problematic nightmare .
Sorry

Madge
NSW, 452 posts
16 Jun 2020 7:28AM
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Has that board been used by Al Quida for target practice....????

NicoDC
146 posts
16 Jun 2020 5:37AM
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Imax1 said..
That is one sad looking board
At 25 % extra weight, has it been repaired with concrete ?
It looks to me it's been totally water logged , softened all over , delaminated and then used a lot . The nose is the least of your worries . It's the sides at the mast box that looks to be crushed from uphauling and then just filled with bog that looks nasty . And the injecting resin in other soft spots is also not a good sign .
To repair this properly would be a huge effort , probably at least removing most of the deck and rebuilding.
The time , money and skills involved to do this , it would be better to build a new board .
Id say it's totally stuffed and not worth fixing .
Its going to be a problematic nightmare .
Sorry


Thanks for your honest input and sharing your knowledge! I just think it's kinda sad to dump this board. Maybe I'll do a couple of quick repairs to try and make in watertight so I can use it as in instruction board. Or else I just saw off the nose and foil it untill it's completely shredded into pieces.

Imax1
QLD, 3708 posts
16 Jun 2020 8:21AM
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NicoDC said..

Imax1 said..
That is one sad looking board
At 25 % extra weight, has it been repaired with concrete ?
It looks to me it's been totally water logged , softened all over , delaminated and then used a lot . The nose is the least of your worries . It's the sides at the mast box that looks to be crushed from uphauling and then just filled with bog that looks nasty . And the injecting resin in other soft spots is also not a good sign .
To repair this properly would be a huge effort , probably at least removing most of the deck and rebuilding.
The time , money and skills involved to do this , it would be better to build a new board .
Id say it's totally stuffed and not worth fixing .
Its going to be a problematic nightmare .
Sorry



Thanks for your honest input and sharing your knowledge! I just think it's kinda sad to dump this board. Maybe I'll do a couple of quick repairs to try and make in watertight so I can use it as in instruction board. Or else I just saw off the nose and foil it untill it's completely shredded into pieces.


Yeah , I agree , watertight it for an instructing board .

Mark _australia
WA, 21343 posts
16 Jun 2020 8:00AM
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NicoDC said..

Imax1 said..
That is one sad looking board
At 25 % extra weight, has it been repaired with concrete ?
It looks to me it's been totally water logged , softened all over , delaminated and then used a lot . The nose is the least of your worries . It's the sides at the mast box that looks to be crushed from uphauling and then just filled with bog that looks nasty . And the injecting resin in other soft spots is also not a good sign .
To repair this properly would be a huge effort , probably at least removing most of the deck and rebuilding.
The time , money and skills involved to do this , it would be better to build a new board .
Id say it's totally stuffed and not worth fixing .
Its going to be a problematic nightmare .
Sorry



Thanks for your honest input and sharing your knowledge! I just think it's kinda sad to dump this board. Maybe I'll do a couple of quick repairs to try and make in watertight so I can use it as in instruction board. Or else I just saw off the nose and foil it untill it's completely shredded into pieces.


I agree with Imax, so I think that's the best plan. Given the massive amount of repair, and none done properly, I'd say it needs about a 2/3 deck delam fixed plus nose and whatever else you find - almost building a new board....... it is a write-off.

NicoDC
146 posts
17 Nov 2020 2:45AM
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Fast forward: I had great fun during the summer to patch up the worst areas. It was a fun way to get into working on/ building boards that lets you learn along the way. I read a lot beforehands, but once you start you need to start thinking things through which is awesome yet scary sometimes. Turns out the board is awesome to learn how to foil. Next project will be building a board!









Imax1
QLD, 3708 posts
17 Nov 2020 6:37AM
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That's the smallest LochNess monster in the top pic .
Great fix . Looks good.
The law is ..... need lots of pics of your new board build .

NicoDC
146 posts
17 Nov 2020 5:31AM
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??
It is tough enough to last for a while so I'm happy, and again: it is super fun to do.
Insipred by your cork sandwich (the 'First board in thirty years,' topic) I think I'll be using a similar method, altough I don't think I'll be using a sandwich at the bottom. Seems to be easy, affordable and plenty strong for a foil novice. Still thinking about the shape details. Thinking in the direction of the RRD pocket rocket. Anyway new topic and pics will follow soon!

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Imax1 said..
That's the smallest LochNess monster in the top pic .
Great fix . Looks good.
The law is ..... need lots of pics of your new board build .



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