Hey guys. Interesting predicament here. Hoping someone can help.
Best friends dad asks me to shape him a longboard. He doesn’t really surf too
much, but has watched me shape, glass, pinline, and is interested. (He just
built a classic car) He just wants a board that I shaped. His ONLY request
is VOLAN CLOTH. "That classic look, ya know, it’s a little green or gray,
just really clean." (double cutlaps, pinline optional) We check some boards at
the shop for confirmation. Got it.
I order a custom 9’8Y with a pretty fancy stringer. He comes over so we can
go through it together. Means a lot to me as it is my BEST FRIENDS DAD.
He’s stoked, I’m stoked, things are lookin good.
Glassing time comes, quite a while later due to whatever, but a long time.
I was gonna glass it cause I figured he wanted the whole package from me.
I was a bit nervous because I wanted THE LOOK he was asking for, but I’ve not been
glassing for too long, never used volan, and don’t have the cleanest cutlap.
Plus, I suck at sanding, and polish? Fuhgedddaboutit.
So last minute, I ask a (friend) of mine who owes me a favor, in the way
of TWO short board glass jobs, if he can do it… I explain, VOLAN cloth,
super clean, classic old school or whatever. He says ok, TWO glass jobs PLUS 50
bucks and you got an old style, VOLAN 9’6" glass job. Sweet…
I give him shaped blank with a full page of instructions, cause he is known
to take matters into his own hands, if ya know what I mean. VOLAN, add a
touch of green or gray if needed, whatever will get us to the outcome we are looking
for. (this could be where I went wrong, but I thought it
was pretty clear)
Just got the board back. As he pulls it out of the bag, all I see is GREEN.
BRIGHT GREEN. SEAFOAM GREEN. Seafoam??? Umm…
Super clean, YES.
Few days later I ask, Where’s the volan?
"Oh it’s there, yeah man. That’s 6 oz. volan. Doesn’t show up like 8 oz or 10 oz.
I didn’t think you wanted a super heavy board. Plus, thats coke bottle green,
we did that a lot back then. If you add green to volan, you can’t see it as
Now, I know I’m new to all this action, but this just seems fishy. (not surfboard
fishy, just fishy) If anyone KNOWS volan, and I know that you do (!), please give me some insight into the different weights/looks of the mighty VOLAN.