There has been a lot of woodboards getting major damage riding on rails. And it seems like no one knows how to fix them, including me. I used epoxy, which you can get at any hardware store. I have repaired lots of surfboards, foam skims and also aircraft. But this was a new one to me, because this type of ding was rare until guys started riding rails. So I went to work, first I took a used old wood skim and similuated an end pipe rail damage. Which is the most common type of rail damage (large sharp rocks can also cause this). This repair should work for most brands of woodskims. I'm not 100% sure, it would be your call on using this type of repair. It came out better than I though, of course it doesn't look like new. But at least it's now skimable, hope this helps you guys get your damaged boards back into the water. If you have any questions, I waiting.........
We first hit the board on the side of the black pipe, it only left a black mark.
But when we hit the sharp edge........well you can see what happened.
If there is sand or dirt in the ding, it must come out. You can use a water hose, but then you would need to use a hair dryer on it. The wood must be 100% dry before you epoxy it back together. Also you can use a razor blade to clean it out. If the outside skin chips off, bring it home, so you can put it back on. It will make the repair easier and look better. Unlike a fiberglass repair where you cut the damage part off, I have found that for a woodskim, it's best to put as much back as you can.
If you noticed I did not remove a lot of wood.