Additives 


Along the surfboard manufacturing process, you will certainly need some chemical additives : wax in styren, monomer styren, PMEK catalyst, UV catalyst, microbaloons, silica, aceton...

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  • Catalysts

    Added to your polyester resin, it helps the polymerization step.

    There are 2 types of catalyst to choose from: PMEK liquid catalyst (traditional), or a UV catalyst which gives you more time to work, as the polymerization would only start once the board is exposed to sun light.

  • Styrens
    • wax in styren: essential material for the hot-coating step of the process. Once you are done with the lamination of the board, you will have to apply another layer of resin, into which paraffined styren will be added. To spread this layer onto the board, you need to use a spalter, in order to give the smoothest finish as possible, and therefore make the sanding process easier.

    • 3% to 4% of monomer styren can be added in order to lower the viscosity of the solution, and therefore ease the work.
  • ... for epoxy

    Glassing additive, accelerator, optical whitener, stratoglass, are main additives which you will use during your epoxy constructions.

  • Microballoons and silica
    • microballoon : used to perform ding repairs, it is a product that will fill the holes/damages in the foam blank (together with resin + catalyst), prior to add some fiberglass.

    • silica : fine and light powder also used for ding repairs. For larger damages/holes (like a board broken in halves), you can mix the silica with some microballoon. It will give you a ''repairing paste''.
  • Solvents
    • acetone will clean all the tools used in contact with resin(s). Avoid any direct contact with your skin. Therefore, to clean your hands, we strongly recommend the use of cleaning wipes or biological soap, non-toxic ;

    • some diluent, to dilute cellulosic based paints.
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