Chipped used ski

LurdanLurdan Posts: 12 Baller
edited January 2019 in Technique & Theory
I recently bought a 2018 GT on SIA and it looks like the ski was dropped pretty hard on its tail in the shipping process or before it was sent delaminating the sidewall and chipping some of the topsheet off of the tail. Is there anything I can do about this?
Accidentally posted this into the wrong subcategory. oops.



  • skialexskialex Posts: 1,341 Mega Baller
    Not a big thing, easy fix. Sand of or cut off the loose pieces, sand it a little bit more on the damaged area. Put masking tape around the damaged area, use a two parts adhesive, Jb weld or AB Modified Acrylate or similar. When dries cut the excess glue or leave it until it is cured and then sand it. Use a matching (black probably) vinyl or bumper spray for best finish.
  • oldjeepoldjeep Posts: 3,885 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Seems like a big thing. Core is exposed and the structural integrity of the ski is compromised by the fin where some of the biggest load is. Not to mention nobody wants to glue together a 2018 ski that they likely thought was brand new condition.

    I'd talk to the seller and have them file a claim with the shipper
    Chuck P
    Not a mechanic but I play one at home
  • MDB1056MDB1056 Posts: 999 Crazy Baller
    agree with @oldjeep - ski was likely insured by sender. You should have a claim. Happened to me on one occasion as well
  • eleeskieleeski Posts: 4,008 Infinite Pandas
    @oldjeep The extreme tail is not loaded much. It just needs to hold together and not affect the flow around it. A JB Weld repair should last until it gets dropped on the tail again.

    If the ski was misrepresented or damaged in transit then there may be something to do. But buying someone's used ski has its own issues. The pictures look like you should be able to get a durable performance ski with a little repair work. I've fixed way worse.

    On second thought, the ski is shot. Send it to me for proper disposal.

    Actually, I just commented so I could use that line.

  • DangerBoyDangerBoy Posts: 473 Crazy Baller
    If you don't end up having a claim I'd just try filling it with Marine Tex. That stuff is strong and durable as all get-out. I use it for patching up dings in the underside of my ski boat boat and sealing off leaky rivets on the underside of my tin boat. Fill the ding in with Marine Tex, let it harden, sand it down smooth and paint over the Marine Tex to match the ski. I doubt you'll have any problems with it after that.
    I can take anything apart
  • APBAPB Posts: 436 Crazy Baller
    Yes I’d def get the shipper to make a claim!!!
  • aupatkingaupatking Posts: 1,787 Mega Baller
    These cores don’t absorb water. Take a look at 90% of the fin slots these days, if not 100%. You’ll see exposed foam. Like Eric said, that is the extreme tip of the ski, so fill it, sand it, and ski it. It’s unlikely that the shipper insured it for full value because that doubles the shipping cost. If you didn’t pay shipping, or specifically ask for the insurance, I’d bet it’s the standard minimum.
  • oldjeepoldjeep Posts: 3,885 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Insurance per hundred is cheap. If the shipper did not insure for full value that would be unfortunate.
    Chuck P
    Not a mechanic but I play one at home
  • JmoskiJmoski Posts: 465 Crazy Baller
    Make sure you hold onto the packaging it came in as shipping companies require seeing it in order to process any claim that they damaged it.
  • ForrestGumpForrestGump Posts: 6,372
    Easily fixed. I've repaired things like that numerous times.
    Shane "Crash" Hill

  • JustinJustin Posts: 82 Baller
    Pretty confident the new cores will not absorb water, or any liquid for that matter. Otherwise they would soak up all that resin that is poured over the ski and fabric during manufacturing. Also, fin slot, and most binding inserts will create access for water entry on most / all skis.
    I'd be worried about delamination, water getting between the core and carbon,
    easy fix if it isn't insured.
  • BraceMakerBraceMaker Posts: 5,104 Mega Baller
    My feelings would vary by how good of a deal it was.
  • vtmechengvtmecheng Posts: 940 Crazy Baller
    Have you contacted the seller?
  • skibugskibug Posts: 2,161
    Easy fix, two part epoxy. heat it a little bit and let it flow into all the gaps, Use a small C-clamp and some wood to squeeze the top plate down. You might want to remove the fin block to give yourself some working surface.
    Bob Grizzi
  • BraceMakerBraceMaker Posts: 5,104 Mega Baller
    II would actually skip epoxy and look at something that will skin a bit better. Or if you want to use epoxy mix it with something for a filler and put some saran over it to exclude air to make sure the surface hardens properly
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