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Old 01-07-2014, 01:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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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

Cheers!
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Old 01-07-2014, 04:26 PM   #2 (permalink)
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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.
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Old 01-07-2014, 07:41 PM   #3 (permalink)
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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.

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Old 01-07-2014, 08:00 PM   #4 (permalink)
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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
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Old 01-07-2014, 08:09 PM   #5 (permalink)
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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?
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Old 01-07-2014, 08:16 PM   #6 (permalink)
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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".
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