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5th February 2010 05:48 AM
Mike T Interesting post indeed #7
I don't think you need a vacuum bag if you use the 3M peal and stick eva pads. I did'nt have to use a vacuum bag when I did my superlight I just used contact cement and a J-roller and a rolling pin and rolled over the pad to make sure it got stuck down well and no air bubbles under it (also used wax paper under the new pad to get everything in position and then slowly removed the wax paper until I got it all down on the deck. Once the contact cement touched each other it's not coming back up unless the surface is'nt preped correctly. Also helped put a new pad on a stand-up board and it was just peal and stick it down. Then rolled over it with a wooden dowel just to make sure its down. Hpoe this helps! Mike
5th February 2010 05:03 AM
rod_r Interesting post #7 :-)

I looked at the same issue with a Kona from a school. It requires a replacement "set" of EVA from the manufacturer and you need a vaccum bag to get it to stick on all the corners, but it can be done.

Talking to the guy who runs the school, he has the same problem. The EVA seems like a good idea but he showed me boards with EVA, including SB less than 6 months old and they look about 20 years old, while other more robust boards without EVA looked much better, and had a much better resale value.

I'm surprised SB don't push this to schools as a way to keep the board in service a lot longer.
5th February 2010 04:10 AM
oxyblack I had a conversation with one of my best friends today about how to focus on what we want, at middle age. When we are young, this is an easy thing to accomplish because there are some parameters for activities such as job, training, children which must be done within certain time restrictions or they become too difficult. Women who wait till their early 40's often find this out because getting pregnant becomes less easy then, and the risks for the child might be higher in many cases.

But in your mid to late fifties, most of those decisions are over, and if you have no mate, no distractions of thinking for a family, you only have you to think about -- and that can be difficult. Caregivers and parents have spent years thinking about others, and with divorce, death of spouses, and empty nests, the focus shifts to self. As we discussed this subject, it became clearer that leading with "what do I want" and not "what must I do, or who must I support" can be a tricky proposition if you've been out of the habit of thinking that way for decades. But think that way, we must, lest we become stagnant, confused, or immobile.

In our discussion, we figured out that we must move toward something, and not think in default mode about what we "have to" do. New focus on our singular wants sets the ground for expanding thoughts and then forward movement. So we agreed to concentrate upon that for the next two weeks and get back to each other with our new personal focus, and share the reasons and goals of possible direction. I look forward to these discussions with her, and the possibility of releasing any stale operational methods we have acquired over the years about always being responsible, and never dreaming of just what we want. Dream on, moving toward the second half of life's adventures is the battle cry of baby boomers, and a good one at that. No restrictions on thought, and no restrictions on spiritual movement.
3rd February 2010 05:09 PM
Unregistered I'm surprised that there is no reply from the Starboard Technical people.
3rd February 2010 04:05 AM
Mike T Gades
Not sure where your located at, but I sent NSI in Hood River OR a paper template for a pad for an old Mistral superlight and they cut it and then mailed it to me. I would get in touch with them http://www.northshoreinc.com. I've removed the pads on a SB hypersonic because the pad was pealing off and it was easy with a random orbital sander with 60 & 80 grit sandpaper I also removed the pads on another boards using a razor blade and filleted them off the board and then sanded the small pieces that did'nt want to come off. But a SB Start not sure what would be the best way to remove the EVA it would take alot of sanding or fillet it off with a razor blade Still lots of blades and then sand the rest. It's going to be a huge undertaking if you 30 boards too do! What about getting some fabric Dye to get the color back or make some kind of design with the new eva and replace the worn or bad areas so you don't have to replace it all, Just an idea! I would really look closely at the cost and the TIME it would take to get the old stuff off and the new stuff back on. Hope this helps good luck. Michael
3rd February 2010 02:58 AM
Originally Posted by Mike T View Post
Why do you want to change the eva? I wouldn't! Dont do it! Also save your money on the new pad and put it towards a new board not sure what else you ride, but again dont do it! Mike
The board is from a school, so we use them a lot, and the EVA suffers with the abuse of the beginners plus the sun.
So, the boards are still OK, but the EVA looks really bad.
Instead of buying 30 new boards, it´d be (hopefully) cheaper to change the EVA. They´re almost impossible to sell as second hand because the EVA looks so bad.
2nd February 2010 07:49 PM
Mike T Gades
Why do you want to change the eva? I wouldn't! Dont do it! Also save your money on the new pad and put it towards a new board not sure what else you ride, but again dont do it! Mike
28th January 2010 11:38 PM
Unregistered Simple
Dont !!!!
28th January 2010 07:50 PM
How to change EVA?

Hi there,
I'd like to know if anyone has changed the EVA from a Start. I'd like to change the whole surface of the deck, not just a patch.
Any advice?


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