I'm wondering if my situation has ever happened before to anyone out there: I have G3 skins that I used for one season. During my days, I usually roll the skins and stuff in the pack. They stay cold until I get home and then I hang to thaw and dry and then use the cheat sheet to store in the bag until next week. Enter the problem: I loaned board and skins to buddy. I forgot to give cheaters and bag to him, he unknowingly left the skins rolled for three days until I picked them up. What was obvious when I took them out to put them away in the bag was that a lot of glue was now in the knap, the fuzz, the snow side. Question 1- Is there something to do at this point? The local mountaineering shop was all "myeh?" The saga continues: I cleaned most of the sticky out of the skins after realizing they sucked on one particularly gloppy crappy day of sliding backwards and dragging tons of snow up the hill. I cleaned them with a putty knife and goo gone. I saturated and scraped just shy of pulling lots of hairs out. It did a lot. I then let the skins air dry for many days. Then I packed them up in the bag for the summer. This November, I got them out again and saw that the glue is all over the side of the bag and that much of it has liquefied and when put on the boards, it oozes out the sides and is super nasty. I never knew how much I licked my fingers to clean off extra honey, but this stuff is even stickier. It corrupts everything and the skins are sticky on the hooks, fuzz, tail clips, etc. it won't come off and attracts animal hair like crazy. The skins are ruining my house wherever they go and the house is in turn ruining the skins. I do not care to lick them. Question 2- Is my only option to trash them? It's totally heartbreaking, but it's awful around here.
If anyone is a skincare ninja and can throw me a bone about salvaging them, it would be great. If anyone wants to know, don't leave your skins rolled for long periods of time. And don't put goo gone on them to rot all summer. Thanks
Joined: Sat Mar 19, 2011 6:48 pm Posts: 630 Location: Kodiak, AK
You could try using a hot air gun to soften the remaining glue and scrape it off with a putty knife and the start from scratch with gue transfer sheets. I don't know if there is any way to "wash" the skins in some solvent to get the honey-spooge out of the plush. It may be time for new skins and not to loan them to friends. I mentioned rolling skins to a friend of mine but clearly stated ("clearly" to my satisfaction, anyway) that he should NOT store them that way and he needs to unroll and dry them whe he gets home. Well, you can see where this is going...
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I am a skin ninja.
Get some paper bags from the grocery store, cut into strips, and put over the plush. Use your waxing iron to heat up and melt the glue onto the paper, then remove.
You can use the same procedure on the skin's glue side to remove, say, half of the glue, leaving behind a nice thin layer of 'fresh' glue. If this doesn't do the trick, then a heat gun and putty knife/scraper will easily remove all the glue. Then reglue with gold label (this is a pain, no doubt).
Make sure there's plenty of ventalation and no open flames, children, or pets around; shit's gnarly,
exactly.... your money, their problem the gold label does come in iron on transfer sheets but only 130mm wide, may or may not be enough depending on your board width otherwise i still feel that the performance is worth the toxicity, its only a bit of cancer and birth defects esp if you use it like the skin ninja says, no ventilation, plenty of kids, pets and flames around
Those iron on transfer sheets are brutal btw. I re-glued some skins with them last year. Followed the instructions to a T. The glue tends to come off in small clumps here or there. Which really hasn't been a problem, because the glue is brutally strong. Holy crap pulling those skins apart sucks. If I had it to do over again, I think I would just buy a bunch of the tubes and do it that way. Yeah, it'll cost a little more, but the old Gold Label glue you poured out of a can was great.