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what boards are you using for fairing? Which is more effective board 3M or handmade?
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I have the 3M flex board did not use it that much as it was a bitch to hand power and i was able to borrow a powered long board

Picking the paper is the bigger issue as the basic gold paper was really bad in life and clogging
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We use both the 3m boards and pieces of wood. We also like the 3m imperial purple paper. The 3m has comfy handles. It really does the same thing as a piece of wood cut to the right size. We also use wood when we want a longer board or want one with just a little flex. PSA paper is essential in my book.
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I have the 3m board and it works, however, now mine is bent up a bit after it was squished in my car trunk. Still works, just looks funny.
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I make my own boards and cover them with PSA sandpaper that I buy by the roll. I have 12", 18", 2', 3' one man boards, and a 5' two man board... which is an exercise in cooperation and communication especially if it's your wife's hand on the handle on the other end of the board.

1/4" mahogany ply coated with a coat or two of epoxy makes for good durable springy boards.
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Second BJ's use of thin ply. It doesn't have to be mahogany to curve uniformly and be stiff enough to be effective.
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I also use sandpaper with spray adhesive and usual piece of wood, but fairing desks aren't enough flexible.
Maybe somebody could comment on other brands?
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Do any of you have any experience with the Flexicat boards? http://www.flexicat-tools.com
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