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Old 05-16-2009, 11:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey everyone, question about summer storage. I know it's recommended to put a nice thick layer of wax on the board, but the last time I rode it was slushy so my base is kinda dirty. Now I've read that base cleaner actually dries out your base, so I was wondering how to clean my base before waxing? Also, when I'm ready to ride again in the winter, should I re-wax the board? Or just scrape what I put on for the summer?
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Old 05-16-2009, 12:13 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Everyone has an opinion and a lot of times they differ.

If base cleaner was that bad you'd think word would get around enough that trusted manufacturers wouldn't even sell this stuff. If it doesn't eat the base material or chemically change the composition of the base then I don't think 99% of boarders could legitimately say, "crap the base cleaner ruined my board."

Others might say hot wax your board, scrape to pull the crap and then re-wax. But what is the dirt in your board going to do even if it gets left in storage? Give the board a virus or make it terminally ill? It'll eventually get pulled some day during a wax.

I don't know if you have a sintered or extruded base but some don't even bother to wax an extruded base...some even say that extruded bases only need rub-on wax.

You're not going to ruin your board unless you leave your wax iron on the base too long.

It seems like maintenance advice is a lot like board technology...a lot of talk, a lot of hype, blah blah blah. I've learned that snowboard forums are a lot like car sites..."any mod works cuz the seat of the pants feeling said so"...completely opinion based with little empirical data to support the blabbing.

Hahaha...sorry. How do you like my longwinded response to your quick question? My apologies, I don't even know if I answered your query.
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Actually a very interesting perspective Jim, so regardless of whether or not you answered my question it was a good read lol.
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Old 05-16-2009, 12:50 PM   #4 (permalink)
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use a enviro based cleaner and let it EVAPORATE COMPLETELY before apply wax. Base cleaners are not bad inherently, they should just be used spariningly and judiciously. Always use something thats designed to clean ski/snowboard bases. No Diesel, WD-40, or some other crazy things I have heard riders on this site use.

Clean the base, the re moisturize with wax and your good to go next season after you scrape, brush and polish..
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Thanks One, any recommended cleaners?
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You can go to any board shop and pick up the cleaner there. I've used natural orange based cleaner from Home Depot for the past few years without any issues.
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You can go to any board shop and pick up the cleaner there. I've used natural orange based cleaner from Home Depot for the past few years without any issues.
Yep. I concur. And thats what I use. You can purchase a half gallon of the stuff and be set for life. Much more economical than what a shop would charge you for a small bottle.
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And you just throw a bit of cleaner on a rag and scrub the base down?
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Old 05-17-2009, 12:23 AM   #9 (permalink)
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And you just throw a bit of cleaner on a rag and scrub the base down?
Yup, that's it. However, I do rinse the base afterwards to get any of the cleaner off before I wax.
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Old 05-17-2009, 12:31 AM   #10 (permalink)
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EVAPORATE. If you really want to clean the base the right way... HOT scrape with cheap hydrocarbon wax. Thats the way alot of old school guys do it. Scraping when the base is still warm pulls out imbedded dirt and grime. I really only use solvent for pine tar, and or dirty spring snow when impurities are ground into your base when riding.

I don't rinse my base (not saying its a bad idea, just think its un necessary) I just let the solvent evaporate first before any wax touches the base.
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