Future Fins Removal

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jesus started the topic in Thursday, 7 Oct 2010 at 6:17am

Hi, I havn't removed my futres for over a year and they are jammed in. No amount of elbow grease will budge them. Im guessing sand and salt is the problem. I just purchased a new stick and need them, however I dont want to damage old faithfull.
Any suggestions on safe removal???

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Craig commented Thursday, 7 Oct 2010 at 6:56am

Hmm, maybe fill a trough or bath full of hot water and then stick it in there. Hopefully that will make some of the salt dissolve and lossen them up.

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jesus commented Friday, 8 Oct 2010 at 12:25am

Tried submerging the fins in the bath with warm water and detergent, left it overnight, and they still will not move. looks like i'll have to buy another set.

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zenagain commented Friday, 8 Oct 2010 at 12:02pm

Try WD40 or that Loctite spray.

Soak it in the stuff, go and have a cuppa or a beer and see how you go when you come back.

Good luck.

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brendo commented Sunday, 10 Oct 2010 at 7:46am

i'd stay away from tha harsh stuff like wd40 etc.. might ruin your board. You can get Salt Away from boat/marine shops, they use it all the time for stuck sail zippers etc... should dissolve the salt and not be too toxic to your board hopefully.

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jesus commented Monday, 11 Oct 2010 at 7:28am

All sorted. While still attached to the board, I put each fin in a bench vice with high density foam on each side and used the length of the board as a lever.
Sand was the problem rather than salt. There was tones in and arround each fin, which was a little suppriseing because they are such a snug fit in the plugs. Moral of the story - remove your futers every couple of weeks, not years.

Thanks for the replies anyway.

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Craig commented Monday, 11 Oct 2010 at 8:46am

Been using the board to sand board?? :P

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jesus commented Wednesday, 13 Oct 2010 at 12:57am

haha no. One flogging too many in sandy barrels I suspect.