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Old 01-23-2010, 10:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I am wondering why do we still need to brush and then scotchbrite the snowboard AFTER we scrape of the wax? I have done my waxing a few times. I just scrape of the wax and that was it. I watched waxing videos on youtube,still not really understand why we need brushing and scotchbrite?

also, will those brushes intended for the kitchen work the same?

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I am wondering why do we still need to brush and then scotchbrite the snowboard AFTER we scrape of the wax? I have done my waxing a few times. I just scrape of the wax and that was it. I watched waxing videos on youtube,still not really understand why we need brushing and scotchbrite?

also, will those brushes intended for the kitchen work the same?
The brushing is to make a fine texture in the wax to prevent suction against the snow. Just a few strokes in the running direction and you should be fine. The main goal of waxing is to wax, the brushing is just a secondary part of the process for extra speed. If you've been having great results without brushing then dont even bother.
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I've never done it out of laziness or ignorance, take your pick. But I believe that people do it to define the mini channels that run the legnth of the board so water can flow underneath faster. This is something you want to do if you're looking to get a speed advantage.
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Your goal is to get all the wax off the board leaving the wax that is in the board. After scraping there will still be a good bit of wax left on the base that will make the board slower until it is worn off. Same goes for using a scothbrite after a brush.
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just use a bristle brush. i got a 6" wide one from lowes for 3 bucks and ive been using that. Its just the finishing touch that makes a difference.
I wax boards for people in my dorm, so i want to get them the best i can....for 10 bucks that is haha
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I never try to ride at my boards terminal velocity in a straight line, so therefore, I skip the brushing. My board is never perfectly smooth looking after I wax in the first place.
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I never try to ride at my boards terminal velocity in a straight line, so therefore, I skip the brushing. My board is never perfectly smooth looking after I wax in the first place.
its not smooth lol?

you need to get some base cleaner on there, or get your base ground. you would be surprised how much better itll ride when its really smooth.....
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its not smooth lol?

you need to get some base cleaner on there, or get your base ground. you would be surprised how much better itll ride when its really smooth.....
Hahaha no no no don't get me wrong, the base is very smooth to the touch. What I meant was it has the very fine lines in it from scraping. It doesn't have a polished "like glass" look.
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I think the scothbright thing is a mixup that comes from rub-on wax techniques.

The scotchbright pad creates friction and heat that will melt the rub-on wax into the pores without an iron. Some ppl use a cork instead.

But the brush thing is to get into the groves of a structured base. The scrapper just makes it flat. But when it's completely flat, it creates suction...like 2 pieces of glass stuck together...and will reduce your speed. For example, there are metal brushes or machines that will make "crevices" in your base. Depending on conditions, there's an optimal "patern" like linear, criss-cross, whatever that racers apply before a competition. The nylon brush gets those crevices to reveal themselves after wax fills them up.

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Hahaha no no no don't get me wrong, the base is very smooth to the touch. What I meant was it has the very fine lines in it from scraping. It doesn't have a polished "like glass" look.
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