I just picked up a 160 Voile self split, apparently its pretty unique since Voile doesn't make solid boards anymore. It's my first split and I'm wicked pumped. I understand that splitting any board has become pretty legit as I have been reading all the articles everyone has been writing, but one thing that I haven't found is how people are sealing up the self split. The guy that built my board informed me that he did about 12 coats of polyurethane to build up a side wall. Imagine this is a pretty common practice. Anyone have any other methods they found to be pretty sweet?
Joined: Tue Nov 16, 2004 3:45 am Posts: 124 Location: San Juan Islands, WA
I split a Voile' board for my first splitboard and used West System epoxy, several coats thinned out to penatrate the core, then several heavy coats to seal it up, I think it worked, It's still holding up after over 5 years.
Post subject: After splitting my burton johan I sealed it with epoxy
Posted: Sun Dec 02, 2007 12:16 am
Joined: Sat Nov 24, 2007 1:12 am Posts: 828 Location: PNW Hood Canal
I split my burton johan then beveled the p-tex. After that I mixed up some quick set epoxy and applied it smoothly to both cut edges. I allowed this to dry overnight, sanded it smooth, then applied another coat. I repeated this coating process for five layers after which the board looks pretty darn good for my first effort.
I read here somewhere that you can use polyurethane, varithane varnish or even sealing paint. I opted for the eopoxy because it was very commonly discussed and I had some in the shop where I build fly rods and golf clubs.