Learn how to Fix Razor Tail, and large chips in your street deck or longboard deck.
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When the tail of a skateboard deck gets warn down it becomes known as a "razor tail". This describes how thin or "sharp" the wood becomes. A razor tail can lead to chipping and it reduces "pop" from the deck becoming less stiff or rigid. By applying wood glue and reshaping the tail with sandpaper a deck can last a lot longer and get some pop back to make tricks higher.
Sometimes a skateboard might get away from you and slam directly into a wall, ledge, or a curb, causing the veneers or plies of wood to separate and/or chip. In skateboarding, this is known as delamination, or delam for short.
Delamination can also be caused by leaving a deck outside for too long. What happens is moisture gets into the deck causing it to expand and separate the veneers from each other. A skateboard deck can also come apart from being left in a hot car.
In these cases the damage can be quite extreme and it may be better to replace the deck than try to repair it.
VERY RARELY does a skateboard deck delaminate on its own. Nearly all manufactures warranty against delamination within a defined time period. If this actually happened to you the skateboard shop you purchased the deck from or the manufacturer may exchange the deck for a new one if they can determine that it was not caused by negligence.
HOW TO REPAIR DELAMINATION AND RAZOR TAIL:
Note: This works for longboards too.
1. Determine how many plies have come apart, and how wide the effected area is.
2. Spread the plies apart starting with the lower plies first.
3. Add a quality wood glue by squeezing it between the deck plies.
4. Holding the deck vertical you can use gravity to help get the glue deeper between the plies.
5. Wipe away any excess glue that is running or dripping.
6. While using a clamping call, add clamps and tighten them securely to the deck. This will sandwich the plies back together and squeeze out any extra glue.
7. Wipe away glue that is dripping or running again.
8. Remove clamps after waiting 24 hours for wood to dry.
9. After removing clamps, begin sanding away hardened glue and reshape the end of the deck. When reshaping the deck it is OK to sand away part of the deck itself. Sand until you feel comfortable with how thick the end of the deck is.
There are many glues available that will work well for repairing a chipped or delaminated skateboard deck. Be sure the glue you choose works specifically for wood. Follow all instructions labeled on the glue package.
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