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waxing question

when u buy a brand new board do you have to wax it prior to use or are they waxed already??
sorry if this is a noob question but im a noob to this stuff
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Most companies factory wax their boards but it's not necessarily for riding. More to ensure the base isn't dry when it gets to the consumer.

You should wax your board prior to riding it.

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Give your board a thorough waxing before riding it.
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You know I saw this advice about waxing the board before the first use on here in other threads and on that took my board to the shop at the ski place to have them wax and they flat refused. They told me that the wax from the factory should be good for the first couple of days of riding. I insisted and they told me the board did not need to be waxed and wouldn't do it. The guy did detone the board for me and didn't charge me.

So, did I damage my board by riding with the factory wax?
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You didn't necessarily damage it but you rode the "wrong" wax in short.

It's not going to kill the board if you ride factory wax, but it should be waxed with "good" wax. Factory wax as far as I know is just run of the mill generic wax and who knows what temp range it is.

In short, no you didn't damage your board.

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So were there any negative consequences? Board still hasn't been waxed and I am planning on going for my 2nd ride Monday. I am planning on having it waxed after I get done riding. I plan to buy stuf to wax my self next week. I am sure I will be back here with all kinds of questions.
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Negatives would be feeling like your riding on velcro because your board isn't properly waxed, and drying out your base which can lead to long term problems.

And there's videos on how to wax your board.... No need to ask questions, there's nothing to it.

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For what ever it is worth, I thought board road great. I think I might go ahead and get it waxed before ride next time, if it improves the ride than great, that means my purchase was even better than I first thought!

The funny thing is when I took it in there the first time to get waxed, the guy looked at the bottom and said this board does not need to be waxed. I guess if they say that it again I m going to tell them to go ahead and wax it any way.
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My first board was waxed maybe one time its first season and it was fine. I did notice it rode a looottt slower than the first day and i thought i was actually losing my touch in snowboarding but what did i know...i was a noob.

But it did not damage my base.
If ur riding on hi humidity snow where its not so cold outside like 15 degrees or lower then u should be fine on ur second day of riding on ur factory wax. But for good measures, do get it waxed at least every 3-6 runs depending on snow conditions and the type of rider you are.
Once u get ur own waxing supplies, you will see how easy it is to wax. Its kinda fun IMO

Just watch snowolf's Video Tutorial on WAxing...great stuff

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it also depends on the type of base your board has. If your board is on the cheaper side, it probably has an extruded base and the wax won't impact the performance as much.

I rarely waxed my old extruded board and didn't notice much difference. With my newer sintered board, the wax makes a decent difference and feels much faster after a good wax.
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