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Cool First time waxing board by myself...

Hey, I've been riding for 5 years or so but have always relied on shops to tune up my board. I decided this year to learn how to wax/sharpen myself but have a few questions. I just finished waxing my board following the 3 part video guide on youtube that was stickied above this thread.

My question is, how do you know when you have gotten enough excess wax off of the base? I've scraped over and over again with a plastic scraper and it doesn't seem to get much more wax off. But when I scrape with my nails I can still get some off. I've also used the Brillo pad repeatedly but it still seems to be picking up wax dust. Should I continue buffing it with the Brillo until there is no more wax dust? Also, if I don't end up getting enough wax off will it cause a huge problem on the slopes? When I run my finger nails over the base fat-ways I can feel the little ridges in the base, is that a good indicator that enough wax has been removed? Also, I can't seem to get a sweet reflection like the guy in the video, is that just because I'm not using the felt? Any help would be much appreciated.

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keep scraping until you've gotten at least 95-98% of it off.
then use a brush, or scotchbide pad to wipe it down. if you
start noticing that your brush or pad is picking up alot of
small white things, then you need to keep scraping. i suggest.
using the wider end if the scraper to get the huge obvious parts
off. then using the smaller end, go from nose to tail and back
pressing down with force. keep scraping in 1 area until nothing
else comes off. brush it down until no more white dust comes
off. and by then it should me smooth and shiny.

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But can you scrape too much? How do you know if you have scraped too much?
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You know you've scraped too much when you start gouging the base, which is pretty tough to do if you're using a plastic scraper. I find a fail-safe method is just to keep scraping until all the really obvious wax is gone, go over the base one more time, then buffer.
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Grrrrrreat. Thanks for all the help guys. One more question...If I want to re-wax it, should I do it on top of the wax job I just did or do you have to take that wax off before redoing it?
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Try and work tip-to-tail a musch as possible when scraping.
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take all the wax off before re-waxing it.
(i think) hahaha.

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Grrrrrreat. Thanks for all the help guys. One more question...If I want to re-wax it, should I do it on top of the wax job I just did or do you have to take that wax off before redoing it?
Depends. If you havn't ridden your board yet, wax right over it. If you have, take the old stuff off and re-wax.
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