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JR99 01-07-2014 01:37 PM

Board Maintenance Questions
Hi all, new to the forums and have a few board maintenance questions.

So I consider myself a pretty "advanced" rider but for whatever reason I have never really immersed myself in snowboarding and really don't know all that much other than the basics about board maintenance. Last year I finally ponied up for a nice board and would like to keep this beauty for as long as possible. So what are the few basic things I should be doing on a yearly basis gearing up for the new season?

Unfortunately last year I did a bunch of NJ/PA riding and it took a pretty good toll on my board. So in the past I've never really touched my edges and just kept them dull because I used to do a lot of park riding. But moving forward I will probably do most of my riding this year in Vermont / Colorado groomed / ungroomed type of stuff not in the park.

So my thoughts are that I should 1) at least deburr the edges cause I do have a lot of burrs.

2) "Hot scrape" the board since I heard base cleaners can be harmful to the base

3) hot wax regularly

and then for 4) I'm still unsure whether I should sharpen my edges or not. I've heard arguments on this and many other forums for both.

oh and also probably going to buy a P-tex candle for some base repair.

Sorry for the long winded post but any and all help would be greatly appreciated :dunno::yahoo::laugh:


RJRJRJ 01-07-2014 04:26 PM

I personally just hot wax and ride. Ptex when I get a big gouge. Once in a while ill use one of those gummy stones to clean things up a bit. Seems to work fine for me.

If you plan on messing with the edges, make sure you know exactly what you're doing. You can screw it up pretty easily.

JR99 01-07-2014 07:41 PM

Thanks man yea thats what I've been doing over the years just been wondering if there was some other simple things I could do.


zoom111 01-07-2014 08:00 PM

I think you've pretty much got it covered with the base and edge maintenance. Sharpening is personal preference and condition/board dependent. Rarely sharpen my magnetraction for example even though I'm on the ice coast.

Now if your looking to keep your board all "pristine" then you have some options

-lay a film over the top sheet to protect from small nicks, scratches and scuffs.
-stainless or nylon "grub" screws to protect your unused inserts

JR99 01-07-2014 08:09 PM

Thanks, yea I think I'm going to avoid sharpening my edges or at least sharpening them myself.

In terms of deburring or just getting some of the nicks of my edges.. seems like a pretty easy process. Anyone have any suggestions of which stone or whatever to use. I don't need it to be perfect but is there one stone or whatever I could use just to clean up the edges?

zoom111 01-07-2014 08:16 PM

A regular gummi stone will be fine. Just run it flat along the edges to remove small burrs or run it at a 45 degree if theres a small "hanging burr".

njfastlfie 01-07-2014 08:47 PM

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