EASY TO MAKE FOIL MODIFICATIONS
Simple and easy to perform changes to the foil structure can vastly enhance design flexibility. OFTEN OVERLOOKED, the very nature of many Surfboard designs are large oversized land areas offering universal pad zones, intended to be fashioned by the end user to suite their specific need
1: Using sharp razor knife, score the foil to define edges of foil section that will be removed. It is not necessary to completely cut through at this point, as a sharp knife will weaken the section enough for subsequent removal. Experiment a few times with practice sections.
2: Now heat the section to be removed with the tip of a hot soldering iron. By pressing the iron gently into the foil you can cause it to delaminate from the fiberglass for removal. Here again, some practice is essential to get the best results.
3: Your new mounting zone or pad changes should look clean and without jagged edges on the foil or much discoloration of the fiberglass. It is surprising how good a result can be had with minimal effort.
4: New device ready for soldering.
Use the above technique to accept a larger variety of surface mount device sizes, create additional device footprints, and customize your breadboard prototype interconnect strategy.