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Mixing the resin: as stated earlier, only use surfboard-specific resin. Mix about 1 part catalyst to 50 parts resin. The catalyst comes in a dropper, so this isn't as fiddly as it sounds, and like everything, as you do it, you'll gradually learn the consistency that you're aiming for. Make sure that you mix the resin thoroughly, then leave it for a minute or so, to let the air bubbles come up (this is very important).
 
Whilst it's important to let the resin stand, it will set fairly fast, so work quickly. Once you are satisfied that the air bubbles have gone, take a few drops of the resin and put them in the ding, making sure that you push it into the hole that you created earlier. Air bubbles will appear here again, so give the board a wee tap to dislodge them and either wait for them to pop, or pop them yourself with the toothpick. Try to avoid any overspill, as this will just mean more sanding later.
Adding the matting
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Take the piece of pre-cut matting and place it on top of the wet resin.

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