Introduction: Bondic How-To - Skateboard Chip & Base Repair
If you are a skater, you have definitely come across wear and tear on your board. Instead of replacing the entire board, you can use Bondic to literally rebuild any chips or damage!
Bondic® is the World's First pocket 3D liquid plastic welder that allows you to fix, fill, mold, and even build almost anything. It will only solidify when you cure it with the included UV LED light, so you control the drying time. Once the UV light hits, it only takes 4 seconds to harden with no pressure needed and it will not stick to your skin. Keep in mind that Bondic® is NOT A GLUE and should not be used like one. It literally is a welding tool that uses a unique formula to build new plastic around two objects instead of “gluing” two flat surfaces together. Think of Bondic® closer to that of a 3D printer, creating new material where it has been lost. Additionally, for Bondic® to stick onto surfaces, it needs to be rough to allow the Bondic® fluid to seep into the pores of said objects and literally “grab” onto them when cured. We always like to think of Bondic as like gripping something with your hands. If you are trying to grab onto a smooth surface it will be really difficult to do so. But if the surface is rough, you can get a much better grip.
Step 1: Roughen the Surface
Before you get started, make sure the surface you are applying Bondic to is rough. For this, you can use a nail file or sand paper. Bondic needs a rough surface area to be able to "grab" onto things when it cures. The rougher the surface, the stronger the hold.
Luckily in our case, the wood has already make a rough enough surface for Bondic to adhere to.
Step 2: Apply Bondic
After you have cleaned away any debris and dirt, start to apply Bondic in small layers, roughly 0.5mm at a time. Bondic will always cure to itself, the bond is so cohesive, every layer you make will fuse into one solid piece, just make sure you are not curing more than the recommended amount above at a time because the light will not be able to penetrate through.
One trick to use to make sure it is fully cured is to simply tap the end of the light against the drop you are shining the light on, if the light does not stick then it is 100% hard plastic now.
Keep building layer by layer (like a 3D printer) until you have created the desired shape.
Do not worry if the shape is not perfect, you can fix this later!
Step 3: File or Sand Down Any Extra Material
Now that you have rebuilt the shape with Bondic, it is time to file or sand down any extra material to make the part completely flush to the board.
Using a nail file or sand paper, simply shave away any additional Bondic material for a perfect repair!
When you are done, you can even paint it to any colour you desire!