Avoid Transom Failures and Bad Color Matches

Custom Gel Coat colors

Fiberglass Hawaii is known for bringing the best quality products and materials to market. Boating and marine customers will definitely be interested in these exciting new additions to our inventory!

Samples of color matching

Samples of color matching


Our latest endeavor is providing custom gel coats for our customers. All we ask for is a flat, clean color swatch at least the size of a 50-cent coin (roughly a 2” x 2” square).  The time it takes to match varies with color. Please allow us enough time to work with it. Although it may seem simple, we are going through many trials and tests to provide the best results.

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Here’s how it works:

Find a color swatch (roughly 2” x 2”).  These could be found in all types of stores, mainly where house paints are sold, such as: Sears, Home Depot, Benjamin Moore, etc.

Place an order. Bring in the color swatch and order your desired quantity.


Note: If you call ahead of time with an order in mind, great! Please remember, we will not be able to start the match until the color sample is given to us.

Colors have been added and are ready to be mixed!

Colors have been added and are ready to be mixed!

Leave your information. As you place your order, be sure to leave a name and number so that we are able to give you a call when we have a sample ready for you to look at.

Approval. Your approval is required to assure that you too are okay with the outcome of the color. We do not want to send gel coats without knowing for sure whether or not you are satisfied with it.

Pick up. If you plan to pick up on the same day you stop by to approve, please give us enough time to mix it up for you. A gallon would take about 10-15 minutes, but 30 gallons could take 1-2 hours. Otherwise, we’ll call you when your order has been completed.  Prices will depend on color as well as material cost.


custom colors

Here are some of the colors customers are ordering that might inspire you.

Please DO NOT hand us:


– Printed pictures of a color

– Canoe Ama’s

– Canoe Paddles

– Tabletops

– Surfboard Fins

– Deck Pieces

– Ribbons


Believe it or not, we’ve had people bring these as sample chips. Our machine will work at its best with a flat, clean color swatch.

Follow these simple steps to set your brand apart, match a repair job, or add that special touch your customers want in a high-end product. We still offer our full range of standard gel coat colors too (contact your local store for regularly stocked options).

No more wood rot on your boat when you use Kay-Cel board.

No more wood rot on your boat when you use Kay-Cel board.


We are now stocking Kay-Cel high density polyurethane board in 4’ x 8’  with thicknesses of 1/2”, 3/4” and 1”. This polyurethane board is a stronger and lighter alternative to standard marine plywood which is heavier and often ends up needing to be replaced due to water damage. The Kay-Cel board will not take on water due to its closed-cell structure unlike plywood which soaks up water causing rot. Kay-Cel board went through extensive testing before being released and there have been zero *transom failures reported in over 50,000 boats featuring Kay-Cel transoms. If you are building a boat or refurbishing one then you’ll want to use this product to ensure your craft stays sea worthy for a long time. Contact sales@fiberglasshawaii.com for availability and pricing.

Up close look at the composite surface.

Up close look at the composite surface.

Presently these items are only available for customers in the State of Hawaii. We hope to be able to offer these products nationwide in the future. US Mainland customers requiring custom gel coat colors, please contact the Ventura location at ventura@fiberglasshawaii.com for availability and pricing. If you have any further questions then call us at 808.847.3951. We look forward to seeing you at the shop!

*The port and starboard sides of your boat are connected by the transom, located at the stern of your boat. All the power of the motor is transmitted via the transom to the rest of the vessel’s structure, making it a critical part of the vessel’s construction.
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Color Tint and Sparkle Deck inlay With Jack Reeves

In part one of our Jack Reeves profile video series we got a behind-the-scenes view into his world of glassing. We’re releasing part two this week containing two more color laminations. The first is a full tint lamination and the second, a tinted sparkle deck inlay. If you are a surfboard geek, aspiring surfboard builder or even a professional, you’ll want to be sure to take notes as you watch these videos.

To view and purchase the products Jack is using visit us online at shop.fiberglasshawaii.com. If you missed Part 1, click here for a refresher. Remember to tag us in your board building pics on social media.  If you have any questions, feel free to email us using the contact form below.

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Glassing Tutorial and Profile: Jack Reeves Part 1

Surfboard shapers sign their name to a finished board as a sign of pride. Pride for their high level of quality and pride in their final creation. The shaper gets all the glory. Ask a surfer who their favorite shaper is and they’ll probably rattle off a few names. Ask a surfer who their favorite glasser is and you’ll probably hear crickets.

Jack Reeves is one of a few, or maybe the only surfboard glasser we know, who actually signs each of his glass jobs. He is so highly regarded by high-end surfboard collectors and shapers alike that they actually prefer he signs his work. Jack looks and sees things that most people would ignore or not even notice in the first place while glassing. Things like weave pattern, cloth consistency, pigment variations and resin viscosity are all on Jack’s mental checklist as he begins each board. This is why Fiberglass Hawaii requests and values Jack’s feedback on new products and improving our current line.

Fiberglass Hawaii is proud to work with Jack Reeves and to be able to supply his composite needs. We are pleased to bring you this new four-part series shadowing this incredible resin artist while glassing several Dick Brewer surfboards. Enjoy these videos and tag us in your board building pics on social media. Finally, to view and purchase the products Jack is using visit us online at shop.fiberglasshawaii.com. If you have any questions, feel free to email us using the contact form below. To learn more about surfboard glassing, check out our DIY tutorial here.

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Brand New For 2015: Fiberglass Hawaii Pro Shaper’s Square

The Fiberglass Hawaii Pro Shaper’s Square is brand new for 2015! Now the square contains both Imperial and Metric measuring options. We added both of these measuring options to the fin marking tool as well. We’ve also added additional 1/8” measuring increments so now your shape will be even more dialed in than before. There is also an area where you can mark down your magic measurements, or a customer’s phone number, right onto the layout square with dry erase marker for easy reference.

Made from a rigid plastic that is two times thicker than other measuring devices available, the Fiberglass Hawaii Pro Shaper’s Square is going to last longer, lay flat on the board and give you a more accurate measurement every time. The inch measurements are measured from left to right. This means that from the 1 on the left, to the 1 on the right, the total distance is 1”. From the 2 on the left to the 2 on the right the total distance is 2”. This makes measuring quick and accurate since there is no complicated dividing of fractions.

We found that the centimeter measurements were best left as is and are measured from the center out. This means that from the center to the 1 on the right is 1 centimeter and from the center to the 1 on the left is 1 centimeter.

This is a tool that every shaper should have on their tool shelf and is sure to be a favorite.  At only $26 it’s a must have that is sure to improve accuracy, decrease measuring mistakes and increase production. Take a look at the video and see how easy it is to use the brand new Fiberglass Hawaii Pro Shaper’s Square.

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Off the Shelf to Out the Back

You're bound to attract some attention when you show up to Rocky Point on a board like this.

You’re bound to attract some attention when you show up to Rocky Point on a board like this.

US Blanks surfboard blanks are designed to be “close tolerance” which means they have various rockers, thicknesses, shapes, and lengths which closely resemble those of a finished shaped board. This wasn’t always the case. Early board builders had to shape rocker into a blank and many shaped on rectangular blocks of foam (think massive ice carvings with a chainsaw-style). With so many options from US Blanks, we’ve even heard “you can just grab one of these new blanks, glass it and ride it.” But could it be done?

Oahu based surfboard shaper, Matty Raynor, had this same idea in his head for several years. He proposed that the 5’9”P was the perfect candidate to be glassed and ridden without being shaped because the 32.02 liters of foam volume can be ridden by smaller and larger surfers alike.  After a brainstorming session with Fiberglass Hawaii to discuss concept and purchase supplies, he was ready to recruit a few pro surfers and get the experiment into the water. This project confirms the importance of surfboard design, high quality materials and how both contribute to the finished product. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that these guys are pros! Watch the video and see for yourself how the pros put the close tolerance blank and exceptional materials to the test on the North Shore of Oahu.

Have a wild idea or a cool project that you want to share? Unsure of how to start of what materials to use? We’re here to provide all the technical advice necessary to make your passion come to life. Maybe we’ll even help document it for you! Make sure to visit shop.fiberglasshawaii.com to check out all of the products used in building this board. Don’t forget to tag #fiberglasshawaii in your social media posts so we can see all of the cool projects you’re working on.

Written by Jeff Mull for Surfermag.com

Earlier this winter, North Shore shaper Matty Raynor took an unorthodox approach to cutting a blank. Where as he would normally mow through the foam, finely sand the rails, and take the utmost precaution to ensure that he had dialed in the shape perfectly, Matty opted to just glass the damn thing. Yep, he just glassed a blank. “I’d been looking at this style of blank at Fiberglass Hawaii for a while, and every time I saw it I would think to myself: Ya know, I bet you could surf this blank pretty much as it is,” says Raynor. “And you pretty much could. I may sound like the anti-shaper here, and by no means am I taking anything away from what we do as a profession, but it just goes to show that no matter how much care and creativity we put into new design, if you’re a good surfer and have the basic template underneath your feet, you can still rip,” adds Raynor with a laugh. “That being said, I promise the boards we shape are still infinitely better than if you were to just glass a blank.” In the clip above, Daniel Jones, Ulu boy, and Andrew Jacobson prove Matty’s theory holds water.

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Thank you 2014!

Well here we are again winding down another year. It’s wild how fast time flies! This was our 48th year in business and we couldn’t be happier supplying the needs of the surf, marine, fishing and other composite industries. 2015 is looking pretty bright too, with a few new things on the horizon that we can’t really talk about right now, but we’ll keep you posted. Our favorite thing about this past year was getting to know our customers both in store and through social media. There’s so many of you internationally that we don’t have the pleasure to meet in person which is why we are so grateful that you take the time to share your projects with us through email, over the phone and on social media. We have thoroughly enjoyed seeing your ingenuity, craftsmanship and creativity come to life using our materials. For some it’s a hobby, or a father and son project and for others it’s their livelihood. That is why we work so hard and stand by our commitment to “Provide Fine Fiberglass Materials” and we will continue to do so. Thank you for your support in 2014 and we look forward to working with you in 2015. Below are some of the pictures you shared with us this past year that inspired us and others in the composite industry.

@tokorosurfboards                                                     @stepheneichner

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@austinsurfboards                                                 @blanechamers

austin surf 10475106_259588277580761_1616994695_a     10684212_264421270348322_186499374_a blane chambers

@ebert_surfboards                                                   @besanding

10843944_1560886827461543_844796865_a ebert surf        besanding 10809755_861886923833681_217241095_a

@kapspearguns                                                      @mapsurfboards

kap spearguns10724784_286769194849830_1994117357_a     map surfboards 10731925_853312661375374_672031521_a

@aquadumpproductions                                     @distractions_kill_time

10735609_300090460193901_391323823_aaquadump productions     distractionskilltime


@hissasurfsk8                 @R_P_SALMON

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@rickyhana                                                              @ahoisurfcrafts

ricky hana 10610975_386797494822563_628158708_a     ahoi 10004321_802903793064079_947632804_a


@headhighsurfboards                                           @naksurf

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@alexander_aristotle_gazonas                           @ghettosurf

aristotle 10471965_762932843751136_424622510_a     10844275_1595596927330983_1582412876_a ghetto surf

@samansurfboards                                                @adrenalinehikauai

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Blank Innovation: The Bonefish by Dean Edwards

Dean and his recycled surfboard.

Dean and his recycled surfboard.

Dean Edwards used his experience and ingenuity to create a one-of-a-kind surfboard made out of scrap foam. The only way to collect scrap foam is to hand shape. If a board is cut on a CNC machine it instantly turns to dust. Dean painstakingly saved the scraps from his hand shapes over the course of 10 years and repurposed them into this functional art piece. Dean is located on the Big Island of Hawaii so we are fortunate to be able to supply his material needs. The only “new” material used on this board was the surfboard resin. Everything else was made from recycled materials including the fins, fiberglass and sanding materials.

Below is the blog originally posted by our friends over at US Blanks. Enjoy this short, yet inspiring piece and be sure to tag #fiberglasshawaii in your social media posts so we can follow along with you and your projects. To get more product info and shop online, go to  shop.fiberglasshawaii.com.

Dean Edwards

Years Shaping: 48
Board: 5’11” x 20”

Blank: One-of-a-Kind blank made of over 1,000 different offcuts from 47 different colored blanks.  It took 10 years to collect all the foam off-cuts and the process of gluing took over 2 years.

Looks like an archaeological dig for surfboard remains.

Looks like an archaeological dig for surfboard remains.

Words by Rick Berman
For years shapers have been trying to figure out a useful way of disposing the off-cuts of foam left over from shaping a surfboard.  Several years ago, Dean Edwards of Big Rock Color Works, a master shaper/board builder on the island of Hawaii had a vision and began saving the ‘bones’ from the boards he was shaping.  Dean has more than 48 years of experience shaping boards, beginning in the late ‘60’s with Wilken and Natural Progression and through the last 25 years on the Big Island of Hawai’i.”

“When he thought he had enough material to proceed, he glued the pieces together and started to shape the BONEFISH.  The advent of colored foam in the last 6 years or so made this approach much more interesting.  Together with the glue lines, a one-of-a-kind blank is produced.  This particular board consists of the ‘bones’ of over 47 different blanks.”

Another shot of Dean and his functional art surfboard.

Another shot of Dean and his functional art surfboard.

Words by Dean Edwards
“I’m pretty isolated here on the Big Island, but I know that other people are building interesting boards.  I had seen the “Sunrise Surfboard” that Jim Phillips made in 2009, which helped me clarify my vision.  Jim’s work is incredible and I just wanted to build something that might encourage or hopefully inspire others to build interesting boards from re-purposed materials.”

“Nearly the entire board is made from waste.  Obviously, the foam is all off-cuts, which normally end up in the dumpster.  The fins were made out of plywood and fiberglass scrap.  The sandpaper was all previously used.  The scraps were collected over the course of 10 years.  There are over 1000 cuts; 90 foam pieces in the checkerboard section alone.  It took over 2 years to glue-up the blank.  There was no template, no rocker. It was all free-hand shaped.  The only new material in the construction process was the resin.”

“One thing that I’d like to reiterate, is that there are so many ways to reduce the waste we create in our industry.  The Bonefish is an example of something that would have ended up in a landfill.  With a little consideration, we can help reduce our waste output.  That is my challenge to other surfboard shapers.”

Dean Edwards does not have a website, but he encourages potential clients to call him directly at (808) 775-9714.  Special thanks to Rick Berman at High Country Farm for facilitating this article.

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