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Shipping & Returns FAQ

Do you ship internationally, how much does it cost?
Yes. We ship packages around the world every day. International shipping costs are calculated in the store's checkout based on total weight of the package.
Note: We cannot ship Resins, blanks, or Surfboard Shaping Starter Kits to international destinations.
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How much does it cost to ship an EPS Blank?
We have devolved a shipping method to get you blanks at the cheapest possible price! It costs only $49.00 to ship any EPS blank to the East Coat, $68.00 to Central Coasts (Great lakes or Texas), and $86.00 to the West Coast. (You must select “Greenlight Surfboard kit or Blank” in shipping option)
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How much does it cost to ship Polyurethane Blanks?
We can ship 1-8 blanks for the same rate! $125.00 to anywhere on the east coast! We can also include other items ordered in addition to the blanks at no extra charge! There are three way we can ship Freight to you. 1. We can ship to your local UPS Freight Center for pickup; this is the cheapest option for shipping Freight. Option 2. we can ship to a commercial address with a loading dock. (Must be on a commercial street and can not be residential.) Option 3. We can ship to your house! This is an extra charge of about $93.00 and is the most expensive freight shipping option. Shipping to other locations and Canada are also available; call us for a quote! (732-528-8400)
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Can I get blanks and resin shipped to canada?
Yes we ship blanks and resin to Canada! Any resin order will come via Fedex Home Delivery! Any EPS blank will also come via Fedex Home Delivery! Polyurethane blanks will ship UPS Freight, Call us for a Freight Quote!
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Are their any extra fees to ship internationally?
Any order which ships USPS or Fedex will have the customs brokerage fee included in shipment cost, duties and taxes are not included in this price. Any UPS Freight order which is sent internationally the customer is responsible for all brokerage fee's as well duties and taxes.
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Are their any extra fees to ship internationally?
Any order which ships USPS or Fedex will have the customs brokerage fee included in shipment cost, duties and taxes are not included in this price. Any UPS Freight order which is sent internationally the customer is responsible for all brokerage fee's as well duties and taxes.
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What are your shipping policies?
Our regular shipments, including EPS foam blanks or kits containing EPS foam blanks will either go through USPS or FedEx.
Polyurethane blanks or multiple blank orders will ship UPS Freight.

Same Day Shipping for orders placed before 11:00 a.m. ET
UPS Freight shipments are shipped from our warehouse on Wednesdays.

We can ship anywhere in the world but we cannot ship resins, blanks, or kits containing blanks

You are encouraged to visit our retail shop in Belmar, NJ to pick up orders and hang out with us.

For all other information, visit our Shipping page
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What is Greenlights Return Policy?
Returns will be accepted for 10 days from date of sale, if merchandise is defective or you have received the wrong item. Should you receive defective merchandise or have a problem please contact for authorization before returning any merchandise. A copy of your invoice must accompany all reruns. If you are dissatisfied with your order for any reason you can exchange or store credit for items returned will be in the form of a credit redeemable on your next purchase. The original shipping and handling charges are not refundable. If you have an exchange for the same dollar amount as the original purchase, no additional shipping or handling charges will be incurred. Please mail your package in a prepaid, insured, traceable method to the address below.
Greenlight Surf Supply
187 Parker Ave
Manasquan, NJ 08736
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1. When is Greenlight open?
Greenlight is open 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM 7 days a weeks for your convenience.
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2. Where is Greenlight Located?
Greenlight Surf Supply is now located at 187 Parker Ave, Manasquan NJ, 08736 (Across from Lukoil on Rt 71. Also located where “Sun Cycles” used to be and 1 block away from Surf Taco Manasquan)
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3. Does Greenlight offer Custom Surfboard?
Yes Greenlight has a wide variety of stock surfboards always in stock as well as the ability to create your custom surfboard! Call us, email or stop by the shop for full price quotes on customs and to check out out stock surfboard models! We also offer clothing, and all your surfboard building needs! We do it all at Greenlight and stop at nothing to make your experience the very best that it can be! We are here to shape your surfing experience!
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3. Does Greenlight offer Custom Surfboard?
Yes Greenlight has a wide variety of stock surfboards always in stock as well as the ability to create your custom surfboard! Call us, email or stop by the shop for full price quotes on customs and to check out out stock surfboard models! We also offer clothing, and all your surfboard building needs! We do it all at Greenlight and stop at nothing to make your experience the very best that it can be! We are here to shape your surfing experience!
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1. What is the difference between polyurethane and EPS
Polyurethane is the traditional surfboard foam blank which is a flexible hi-resilient foam that is most commonly used with polyester resin; although epoxy can also be used on it.
EPS- expanded polystyrene is a closed cell spheres that are fused together to create a strong flexible piece of foam which is lighter than polyurethane; epoxy is used with this type of foam, POLYESTER can NOT Be used with EPS.
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2. What are rail bands?
Rails bands simply put are markings that will inevitably create your rail shape which will determine your overall board volume. This is a very important step in your shaping process, be sure not to over shape!
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3. Which rails bands are right for me?
Rails bands determine your overall volume of your board and your rail shape. Pick a rail band dimension that will complement your board design. If you have a fish, you most likely want more float so a good option for you would be full modern. A good balance of thickness and performance. If you were shaping a high performance short board a good option would be thin modern or medium modern rails depending on if you want a really thin board or a beefy short board For traditional longboards you may want to consider using a 50/50 rail, and if you are shaping an egg you will want either full soft soft or egg rails. These are just guidelines and we encourage you to experiment and learn what change a bands marker will do to effect your boards rail shape!
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4. What is Vee?
Vee is a bottom contour most commonly used with fish's and high performance short boards
When looking at the tail it will look like an upside down V the rails will be thinner and the mid point will be thickest.
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5. What is a single or double concave?
Concaves are a common bottom contour, Single Concaves brings the center to the lowest point and the rails will be higher than the center a common single concave depth is 1/8” or 1/4”. Double concaves are the center is high moving outward now get lowest and the rail line will be the same height as the stringer. Single and double concaves are most commonly used on high performance short boards to create extra lift will allow the rider to stay further back on his board while still maintaining speed. This allows for short board riders to really whip their board around.
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6. Do I need a power planer? If so which one do I need.
you do not need a power planer, in fact we recommend our first time shapers to hand shape to get a good fell first. But if you do want a power planer it is much faster and will always be a true cut.
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7. What sandpaper should I use to shape?
We recommend 40 grit sandpaper to shape your surfboard. It takes out a good amount of foam for quick shaping!
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8. Does Greenlight have any instructions on how to shape?
Yes, Greenlight offers a wide variety of ways to help you start and improve your shaping!
Greenlight has a complete free template library which will print out on standard printer paper in a pdf file. We also offer surfboard building videos for free as well as our Premium Shaping and glassing videos available in our store! Also we offer a Complete surfboard building guide to help you step by step along your process of shaping. Another great thing that Greenlight offers is the 1 on 1 Mentor Program! Greenlight has a complete course available to show you everything you need to know about shaping, glassing, sanding and finboxs!
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9. What is the Greenlight Mentor Program?
Greenlight offers a unique experience that no body else can offer! We take you step by step with the process of building your own surfboard! Short board, Fishes, Fun board, Longboards... We do it all to your specifications! We show you the right way to build your very own surfboard and give you the knowledge to continue building and feel confident doing it! We offer the 3 Day mentor program; which takes three days to complete! This program starts at $499.00. We also offer the “Deluxe Mentor Program” which takes 5-7 days to complete! This program starts at $650.00.
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10. What is the difference between the “3 Day Mentor Program and the Deluxe Mentor Program?”
The 3 day program only takes 3 days to complete compared to the Deluxe which can take up to 7 days. Also the 3 day program does not include artwork which is included in the Deluxe program (paints and other art supplies need to be purchased at an additional cost.) In the 3 day program your first day you will shape (4 hours). Your instructor will laminate or fiberglass the bottom of your board and have it ready for you upon your arrival of your next scheduled date. On your second day you will laminate the top of your board, and hot coat the top as well. Your instructor will than hot coat the bottom of your board and have it ready for your arrival on your third day. Your third day will include installing fin boxes and sanding your board smooth! Than it is ready to ride! The Deluxe Program has “you” the customer completing every step of the board building process, this results in a time frame of about 5-7 days until completion compared to 3 days.
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1. What is MEKP or Catalyst ?
MEKP (Methyl ethyl ketone peroxide) or Catalyst is the hardener for polyester resin?
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2. What is the correct Ratio of MEKP to Polyester?
The amount of MEKP used can vary depending on how experienced you are and if you are laminating, hot coating, or gloss coating. For someone just starting out glassing you will want to use about 1.00% MEKP to total mixed Resin so if you use 10 ounces of resin you will use 3 cc's of catalyst because there are about 30 cc's in 1 ounce. So 10 ounces of resin would be 300 cc's. 300 multiplied by .01 or 1.00% would be 3 cc's.
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3. What is Surfacing Wax or Modifier-C?
Surfacing Wax or Modifier-C is used to make polyester resin harder, and is used for hot coats and gloss coats. It deprives the resin of oxygen which creates a hard surface to sand.
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4. What is Styrene and how much do I use?
Styrene is an organic compound which is used to thin polyester and you can use up to 15% by total volume.
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1. What is the proper mix ratio for Resin Research Epoxy?
Resin Research Epoxy is a 2:1 mixed ratio, what this means is that for every 2 parts resin there is 1 part hardener. So if you wanted to mix up 18 total ounces of mixed resin, would would use 12 ounces of Resin and 6 ounces of Hardener.
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2. What is the difference between Resin Research Epoxy CE brand and Resin Research Epoxy Quick Kick brand?
The main difference between CE and Quick Kick is the pot life time and the cure time. At 70 degrees the pot life for CE will be 22 minutes, for Quick Kick pot life will be 18 minutes. The Cure time or tack free time for CE will be 3 hours, for Quick Kick the Cure time or tack free time will be 1.5 hours.
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3. What is Additive-F and how does it help me?
Additive-F is a wax based solution which makes sanding epoxy easier, it also increases the bonding strength, which will make a stronger more durable product.
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4. What is the proper mix ratio for Additive-F?
Additive-F is a wax based solution which makes sanding epoxy easier, it also increases the bonding strength, which will make a stronger more durable product.
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5. How much resin should do I need to make a surfboard?
For most short board (anything under 7 feet) you should use around 96 ounces of Resin Research Epoxy. For a longboard (anything above 7 feet) we recommend getting a 1.5 Gallon kit to make sure you have enough.
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6. How much resin do you need for each step of building such as laminating, hot coating, and gloss coating?
We found out a good rule of thumb for proper resin amounts is as followed.
Laminating bottom – 3 times the length of the board. So if your board is 6 feet long you would use 18 total ounces of resin.
Laminating top – 4 times the length of the board. So if your board is 6 feet long would use 24 total ounces of resin
Hot Coat - Use 3 times the length of your board for each hot coat. So if your board is 6 feet long you would use 18 total ounces of resin.
Gloss Coat – Use 2 times the length of your board for each gloss coat. So if your board is 6 feet long you would use 12 total ounces of resin.
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7. What is X-55 and do I need it?
X-55 is an Epoxy Accelerator which can be used up to 3% of total mixed resin volume. It can cut cure time by almost half but will also decrease your pot life significantly.
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8. Can you microwave Epoxy Resin Research ?
Yes! Microwave for about 2 seconds per ounce of Resin. This will make your resin much less viscous and easier to work with. NEVER microwave hardener!
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9. Can I use acetone to clean Epoxy?
You should never use Acetone to clean epoxy. Use any citrus based cleaners.
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1. What progression of grits for sand paper should I use to sand my surfboard?
For a first time sander we recommend starting with 100 grit or 120 grit and ending with 240 grit.
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3. What sanding pad is right for me?
Hard pads are used for bulk grinding such as fin box’s or hard edges, medium pads are used for 100 grit to 120 grit for initial sanding, soft pads are for higher grits 320 and above.
Super soft pads are for shaping blanks.
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4. What is the best sander for me?
If you are investing in a sander/polisher you will want to get a variable speed sander, try to find something that varies from 0-5000 rpm. You will use the slower rpm with soft pads and for doing your rails and higher grits, use higher rpm when using hard pads for finboxs and hard edges. Sanders can range from $40-$200 depending on quality of the sander and brand name.
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1. What are the best fin box's for me?
Fin box’s are one of the most important steps in building and should be thought about just as much as what you want to do with your surfboard. FCS Fusion and Futures are pre-lamination installations which mean that you finish shaping your blank, than router out your holes place your boxes and fiberglass over them. Pro box’s and FCS-X-2 Plugs are post glass installations, which means you will laminate your board, hot coat your board, and than install your box's.
Also another option is Glass-on fins. These are put on your board after you finish laminating your surfboard and before your hot coat.
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2. What are the cheapest fin box's?
Most fin box's are actually right around the same price $8.00-$9.00 but the biggest difference is the installation kits that are needed for each fin box. Pro box is the cheapest and offers a very easy installation process; it is very user friends with variable inserts to change cant as well as 1/2” mobility forward and backwards. This allows the shaper or rider to change his setup to see what he enjoys best. FCS X-2 Installation is the next on the list. It is a more complex installation process with many tools that are needed to install these fin box's properly. FCS-Fusion is next in line with a medium price range, but offers a very easy installation process compared to the X-2 Plug. Finally Futures installation kit is the most expensive and comes with a moderately complicated installation process.
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3. Which Fin box's are strongest?
Every fin box if installed correctly will be extremely strong! There is some debate over pre-lamination vs Post Lamination strength but once again if you install it correctly it will be very strong, no matter what.
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1. What paint should I use to do artwork on my surfboard.
Any water based acrylic paint will work on any type of foam. You can use spray paints on Polyurethane foams with no problem, DO NOT use spray paints on EPS foam.
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2. When do I do my artwork on my surfboard
You can do artwork on the foam directly with paints or “Acid swirls” where you squeegee resin directly on the foam. You can also do artwork in the resin itself by tinting or pigmenting the resin which will soak into the fiberglass cloth. Thirdly you can do artwork on the hot coat with paints; although you will have to either clear coat it with a spray or you can alternatively gloss coat over it with another layer of resin.
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3. Can I do artwork on my laminated fiberglass before I hot coat?
We do not recommend this because it will lead to bleeding of your colors which may lead to an undesired look.
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Shipping & Returns FAQ

Do you ship internationally, how much does it cost?
Yes. We ship packages around the world every day. International shipping costs are calculated in the store's checkout based on total weight of the package.
Note: We cannot ship Resins, blanks, or Surfboard Shaping Starter Kits to international destinations.
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How much does it cost to ship an EPS Blank?
We have devolved a shipping method to get you blanks at the cheapest possible price! It costs only $49.00 to ship any EPS blank to the East Coat, $68.00 to Central Coasts (Great lakes or Texas), and $86.00 to the West Coast. (You must select “Greenlight Surfboard kit or Blank” in shipping option)
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How much does it cost to ship Polyurethane Blanks?
We can ship 1-8 blanks for the same rate! $125.00 to anywhere on the east coast! We can also include other items ordered in addition to the blanks at no extra charge! There are three way we can ship Freight to you. 1. We can ship to your local UPS Freight Center for pickup; this is the cheapest option for shipping Freight. Option 2. we can ship to a commercial address with a loading dock. (Must be on a commercial street and can not be residential.) Option 3. We can ship to your house! This is an extra charge of about $93.00 and is the most expensive freight shipping option. Shipping to other locations and Canada are also available; call us for a quote! (732-528-8400)
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Can I get blanks and resin shipped to canada?
Yes we ship blanks and resin to Canada! Any resin order will come via Fedex Home Delivery! Any EPS blank will also come via Fedex Home Delivery! Polyurethane blanks will ship UPS Freight, Call us for a Freight Quote!
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Are their any extra fees to ship internationally?
Any order which ships USPS or Fedex will have the customs brokerage fee included in shipment cost, duties and taxes are not included in this price. Any UPS Freight order which is sent internationally the customer is responsible for all brokerage fee's as well duties and taxes.
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Are their any extra fees to ship internationally?
Any order which ships USPS or Fedex will have the customs brokerage fee included in shipment cost, duties and taxes are not included in this price. Any UPS Freight order which is sent internationally the customer is responsible for all brokerage fee's as well duties and taxes.
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What are your shipping policies?
Our regular shipments, including EPS foam blanks or kits containing EPS foam blanks will either go through USPS or FedEx.
Polyurethane blanks or multiple blank orders will ship UPS Freight.

Same Day Shipping for orders placed before 11:00 a.m. ET
UPS Freight shipments are shipped from our warehouse on Wednesdays.

We can ship anywhere in the world but we cannot ship resins, blanks, or kits containing blanks

You are encouraged to visit our retail shop in Belmar, NJ to pick up orders and hang out with us.

For all other information, visit our Shipping page
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What is Greenlights Return Policy?
Returns will be accepted for 10 days from date of sale, if merchandise is defective or you have received the wrong item. Should you receive defective merchandise or have a problem please contact for authorization before returning any merchandise. A copy of your invoice must accompany all reruns. If you are dissatisfied with your order for any reason you can exchange or store credit for items returned will be in the form of a credit redeemable on your next purchase. The original shipping and handling charges are not refundable. If you have an exchange for the same dollar amount as the original purchase, no additional shipping or handling charges will be incurred. Please mail your package in a prepaid, insured, traceable method to the address below.
Greenlight Surf Supply
187 Parker Ave
Manasquan, NJ 08736
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1. When is Greenlight open?
Greenlight is open 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM 7 days a weeks for your convenience.
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2. Where is Greenlight Located?
Greenlight Surf Supply is now located at 187 Parker Ave, Manasquan NJ, 08736 (Across from Lukoil on Rt 71. Also located where “Sun Cycles” used to be and 1 block away from Surf Taco Manasquan)
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3. Does Greenlight offer Custom Surfboard?
Yes Greenlight has a wide variety of stock surfboards always in stock as well as the ability to create your custom surfboard! Call us, email or stop by the shop for full price quotes on customs and to check out out stock surfboard models! We also offer clothing, and all your surfboard building needs! We do it all at Greenlight and stop at nothing to make your experience the very best that it can be! We are here to shape your surfing experience!
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3. Does Greenlight offer Custom Surfboard?
Yes Greenlight has a wide variety of stock surfboards always in stock as well as the ability to create your custom surfboard! Call us, email or stop by the shop for full price quotes on customs and to check out out stock surfboard models! We also offer clothing, and all your surfboard building needs! We do it all at Greenlight and stop at nothing to make your experience the very best that it can be! We are here to shape your surfing experience!
Back to Top
1. What is the difference between polyurethane and EPS
Polyurethane is the traditional surfboard foam blank which is a flexible hi-resilient foam that is most commonly used with polyester resin; although epoxy can also be used on it.
EPS- expanded polystyrene is a closed cell spheres that are fused together to create a strong flexible piece of foam which is lighter than polyurethane; epoxy is used with this type of foam, POLYESTER can NOT Be used with EPS.
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2. What are rail bands?
Rails bands simply put are markings that will inevitably create your rail shape which will determine your overall board volume. This is a very important step in your shaping process, be sure not to over shape!
Back to Top
3. Which rails bands are right for me?
Rails bands determine your overall volume of your board and your rail shape. Pick a rail band dimension that will complement your board design. If you have a fish, you most likely want more float so a good option for you would be full modern. A good balance of thickness and performance. If you were shaping a high performance short board a good option would be thin modern or medium modern rails depending on if you want a really thin board or a beefy short board For traditional longboards you may want to consider using a 50/50 rail, and if you are shaping an egg you will want either full soft soft or egg rails. These are just guidelines and we encourage you to experiment and learn what change a bands marker will do to effect your boards rail shape!
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4. What is Vee?
Vee is a bottom contour most commonly used with fish's and high performance short boards
When looking at the tail it will look like an upside down V the rails will be thinner and the mid point will be thickest.
Back to Top
5. What is a single or double concave?
Concaves are a common bottom contour, Single Concaves brings the center to the lowest point and the rails will be higher than the center a common single concave depth is 1/8” or 1/4”. Double concaves are the center is high moving outward now get lowest and the rail line will be the same height as the stringer. Single and double concaves are most commonly used on high performance short boards to create extra lift will allow the rider to stay further back on his board while still maintaining speed. This allows for short board riders to really whip their board around.
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6. Do I need a power planer? If so which one do I need.
you do not need a power planer, in fact we recommend our first time shapers to hand shape to get a good fell first. But if you do want a power planer it is much faster and will always be a true cut.
Back to Top
7. What sandpaper should I use to shape?
We recommend 40 grit sandpaper to shape your surfboard. It takes out a good amount of foam for quick shaping!
Back to Top
8. Does Greenlight have any instructions on how to shape?
Yes, Greenlight offers a wide variety of ways to help you start and improve your shaping!
Greenlight has a complete free template library which will print out on standard printer paper in a pdf file. We also offer surfboard building videos for free as well as our Premium Shaping and glassing videos available in our store! Also we offer a Complete surfboard building guide to help you step by step along your process of shaping. Another great thing that Greenlight offers is the 1 on 1 Mentor Program! Greenlight has a complete course available to show you everything you need to know about shaping, glassing, sanding and finboxs!
Back to Top
9. What is the Greenlight Mentor Program?
Greenlight offers a unique experience that no body else can offer! We take you step by step with the process of building your own surfboard! Short board, Fishes, Fun board, Longboards... We do it all to your specifications! We show you the right way to build your very own surfboard and give you the knowledge to continue building and feel confident doing it! We offer the 3 Day mentor program; which takes three days to complete! This program starts at $499.00. We also offer the “Deluxe Mentor Program” which takes 5-7 days to complete! This program starts at $650.00.
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10. What is the difference between the “3 Day Mentor Program and the Deluxe Mentor Program?”
The 3 day program only takes 3 days to complete compared to the Deluxe which can take up to 7 days. Also the 3 day program does not include artwork which is included in the Deluxe program (paints and other art supplies need to be purchased at an additional cost.) In the 3 day program your first day you will shape (4 hours). Your instructor will laminate or fiberglass the bottom of your board and have it ready for you upon your arrival of your next scheduled date. On your second day you will laminate the top of your board, and hot coat the top as well. Your instructor will than hot coat the bottom of your board and have it ready for your arrival on your third day. Your third day will include installing fin boxes and sanding your board smooth! Than it is ready to ride! The Deluxe Program has “you” the customer completing every step of the board building process, this results in a time frame of about 5-7 days until completion compared to 3 days.
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1. What is MEKP or Catalyst ?
MEKP (Methyl ethyl ketone peroxide) or Catalyst is the hardener for polyester resin?
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2. What is the correct Ratio of MEKP to Polyester?
The amount of MEKP used can vary depending on how experienced you are and if you are laminating, hot coating, or gloss coating. For someone just starting out glassing you will want to use about 1.00% MEKP to total mixed Resin so if you use 10 ounces of resin you will use 3 cc's of catalyst because there are about 30 cc's in 1 ounce. So 10 ounces of resin would be 300 cc's. 300 multiplied by .01 or 1.00% would be 3 cc's.
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3. What is Surfacing Wax or Modifier-C?
Surfacing Wax or Modifier-C is used to make polyester resin harder, and is used for hot coats and gloss coats. It deprives the resin of oxygen which creates a hard surface to sand.
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4. What is Styrene and how much do I use?
Styrene is an organic compound which is used to thin polyester and you can use up to 15% by total volume.
Back to Top
1. What is the proper mix ratio for Resin Research Epoxy?
Resin Research Epoxy is a 2:1 mixed ratio, what this means is that for every 2 parts resin there is 1 part hardener. So if you wanted to mix up 18 total ounces of mixed resin, would would use 12 ounces of Resin and 6 ounces of Hardener.
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2. What is the difference between Resin Research Epoxy CE brand and Resin Research Epoxy Quick Kick brand?
The main difference between CE and Quick Kick is the pot life time and the cure time. At 70 degrees the pot life for CE will be 22 minutes, for Quick Kick pot life will be 18 minutes. The Cure time or tack free time for CE will be 3 hours, for Quick Kick the Cure time or tack free time will be 1.5 hours.
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3. What is Additive-F and how does it help me?
Additive-F is a wax based solution which makes sanding epoxy easier, it also increases the bonding strength, which will make a stronger more durable product.
Back to Top
4. What is the proper mix ratio for Additive-F?
Additive-F is a wax based solution which makes sanding epoxy easier, it also increases the bonding strength, which will make a stronger more durable product.
Back to Top
5. How much resin should do I need to make a surfboard?
For most short board (anything under 7 feet) you should use around 96 ounces of Resin Research Epoxy. For a longboard (anything above 7 feet) we recommend getting a 1.5 Gallon kit to make sure you have enough.
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6. How much resin do you need for each step of building such as laminating, hot coating, and gloss coating?
We found out a good rule of thumb for proper resin amounts is as followed.
Laminating bottom – 3 times the length of the board. So if your board is 6 feet long you would use 18 total ounces of resin.
Laminating top – 4 times the length of the board. So if your board is 6 feet long would use 24 total ounces of resin
Hot Coat - Use 3 times the length of your board for each hot coat. So if your board is 6 feet long you would use 18 total ounces of resin.
Gloss Coat – Use 2 times the length of your board for each gloss coat. So if your board is 6 feet long you would use 12 total ounces of resin.
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7. What is X-55 and do I need it?
X-55 is an Epoxy Accelerator which can be used up to 3% of total mixed resin volume. It can cut cure time by almost half but will also decrease your pot life significantly.
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8. Can you microwave Epoxy Resin Research ?
Yes! Microwave for about 2 seconds per ounce of Resin. This will make your resin much less viscous and easier to work with. NEVER microwave hardener!
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9. Can I use acetone to clean Epoxy?
You should never use Acetone to clean epoxy. Use any citrus based cleaners.
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1. What progression of grits for sand paper should I use to sand my surfboard?
For a first time sander we recommend starting with 100 grit or 120 grit and ending with 240 grit.
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3. What sanding pad is right for me?
Hard pads are used for bulk grinding such as fin box’s or hard edges, medium pads are used for 100 grit to 120 grit for initial sanding, soft pads are for higher grits 320 and above.
Super soft pads are for shaping blanks.
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4. What is the best sander for me?
If you are investing in a sander/polisher you will want to get a variable speed sander, try to find something that varies from 0-5000 rpm. You will use the slower rpm with soft pads and for doing your rails and higher grits, use higher rpm when using hard pads for finboxs and hard edges. Sanders can range from $40-$200 depending on quality of the sander and brand name.
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1. What are the best fin box's for me?
Fin box’s are one of the most important steps in building and should be thought about just as much as what you want to do with your surfboard. FCS Fusion and Futures are pre-lamination installations which mean that you finish shaping your blank, than router out your holes place your boxes and fiberglass over them. Pro box’s and FCS-X-2 Plugs are post glass installations, which means you will laminate your board, hot coat your board, and than install your box's.
Also another option is Glass-on fins. These are put on your board after you finish laminating your surfboard and before your hot coat.
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2. What are the cheapest fin box's?
Most fin box's are actually right around the same price $8.00-$9.00 but the biggest difference is the installation kits that are needed for each fin box. Pro box is the cheapest and offers a very easy installation process; it is very user friends with variable inserts to change cant as well as 1/2” mobility forward and backwards. This allows the shaper or rider to change his setup to see what he enjoys best. FCS X-2 Installation is the next on the list. It is a more complex installation process with many tools that are needed to install these fin box's properly. FCS-Fusion is next in line with a medium price range, but offers a very easy installation process compared to the X-2 Plug. Finally Futures installation kit is the most expensive and comes with a moderately complicated installation process.
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3. Which Fin box's are strongest?
Every fin box if installed correctly will be extremely strong! There is some debate over pre-lamination vs Post Lamination strength but once again if you install it correctly it will be very strong, no matter what.
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1. What paint should I use to do artwork on my surfboard.
Any water based acrylic paint will work on any type of foam. You can use spray paints on Polyurethane foams with no problem, DO NOT use spray paints on EPS foam.
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2. When do I do my artwork on my surfboard
You can do artwork on the foam directly with paints or “Acid swirls” where you squeegee resin directly on the foam. You can also do artwork in the resin itself by tinting or pigmenting the resin which will soak into the fiberglass cloth. Thirdly you can do artwork on the hot coat with paints; although you will have to either clear coat it with a spray or you can alternatively gloss coat over it with another layer of resin.
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3. Can I do artwork on my laminated fiberglass before I hot coat?
We do not recommend this because it will lead to bleeding of your colors which may lead to an undesired look.
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