Every skateboarder, at one time in their life, has come across a crack while trying a trick (no, not this crack). Some cracks are small and manageable, while others are large and a complete road block to anything you might be trying. It is every skateboarders worst nightmare to find the spot of your dreams only for it to be completely ruined by some debilitating crack. There are ways to combat these ruthless cracks, though. At some of the more popular spots in your area you may have seen some funny little pink lines running through those cracks making them that much more bearable. Here is a little insight from us here at BuySkateShoes.com on how to create those pretty pink crack killers.
First things first, you are going to need to find a spot that you deem worthy of spending money to make skate-able. To get the best results, make sure that the two slabs of concrete, separated by that degenerate crack, are level with each other so that when you do fill the crack, it will be flush. Giving the crack a thorough cleaning is very important because it will help the Bondo settle into the concrete instead of sticking to the possible twigs, pebbles and pine needles that’s probably occupying your crack.
What You Will Need
- Duct Tape, Painter’s tape or anything similar
- Can of Bondo
- A paint stick or any kind of stick to mix the Bondo
- An old forgotten card you no longer care about hidden deep in your wallet
The next step would be to identify your intended area by surrounding it with tape. Personally, I like to tape off an area of about half an inch to a full inch on either side of the crack. From experience I have found that Duct tape and painter’s tape work the best. Just like painting a room or car, taping off the area in which you intend to fix will make for a cleaner crack fill. Remember, the least amount of Bondo used, the better. This stuff dries pretty quickly, so try your hardest not to get any of the Bondo outside of your taped-off area.
Now that you have identified the crack, cleaned it out and taped it off, it is time to start mixing the Bondo with the tube of hardener. You can make this crack killing concoction using the little bowl that comes attached to the top your can of Bondo. You will notice that you have an entire large can of Bondo and only a small tube of hardener. This is because you will not need to use a lot of hardener. Pour your desired amount of Bondo into the bowl and then squeeze out roughly a tenth of that amount of hardener (see photo). Begin mixing the two with your paint stick, or the twig you found in the grass, until it is a nice pink color.
Once your mixture is ready, it is time to pour. Again, make sure that you are not dripping or smeering the bondo outside of your strategically placed tape, this could result in lumps of dried Bondo surrounding your crack.
Once you have that pretty pink goo poured, bust out that old dusty card in your wallet that you don’t care about. Use the card to spread the Bondo across the crack evenly. Make sure you properly dispose of the excess Bondo that will accumulate on the card. It would truly be a shame to spend all your lunch money on fixing this crack only to have little lumps and bumps of dried Bondo lying around to mess you up.
When you are done spreading and smoothing everything out, wait roughly 5 minutes for everything to settle. After the 5 minutes, you are safe to go ahead and remove your tape. In 20-30 minutes your crack will be ready to handle the abuse of your skateboard and you’ll be able to put the finishing touches on that sponsor-me tape.
Leave as little evidence of your job as possible. If your spot is a bust and your Bondo job looks pretty amateur, the business owner might even goes as far as to remove the Bondo from the crack to keep people from skating there. By making your Bondo job look as professional as possible you run a lower risk of having people remove your Bondo job.
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