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I just got my board tuned and waxed at a shop. It took them about 20 minutes to do the whole thing. Do shops have a special wax machine or something? How could they have tuned and waxed my board in so little time. I'm a bit skeptical.
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They probably do it a million times a day. It doesn't take much. Does your board feel better than before you took it in?
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I just got my board tuned and waxed at a shop. It took them about 20 minutes to do the whole thing. Do shops have a special wax machine or something? How could they have tuned and waxed my board in so little time. I'm a bit skeptical.
When you have all the right tools all ready to go and have done it a million times, its a little faster than the average person. But 20 minutes is really fast.
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A lot of shops nowadays have waxing and sharpening machines that will get a board done very quickly. however, I think that only 20 minutes is way too short as wax is supposed to harden on the board and seep in to the pores for at least a half hour (the toko manual I have says an hour) after it is applied. Save yourself the sorrow and skepticism, go to a goodwill store and buy an iron and then go to your shop and buy a big block of all temp wax and a scraper, and do it yourself. You cant imagine the freedom of being able to wax your own board whenever you want and the way you want until youve done it.


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It does feel a lot smoother than when it came in. However, when I researched the process of doing it myself, I knew that you needed to let the wax harden and then scrape it off, which is why I asked if it made sense that it was soooo quick. I may be exagerrating about it being 20 minutes, but it was definitely faster than I thought it should take.
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It does feel a lot smoother than when it came in. However, when I researched the process of doing it myself, I knew that you needed to let the wax harden and then scrape it off, which is why I asked if it made sense that it was soooo quick. I may be exagerrating about it being 20 minutes, but it was definitely faster than I thought it should take.
You can wax and scrape it off instantly and it will feel smooth as a baby's behind, but if you dont let it sit there you won't have done anything useful.


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You can wax and scrape it off instantly and it will feel smooth as a baby's behind, but if you dont let it sit there you won't have done anything useful.
I figured that. It bothers me when I throw away $. At least the edge tuning was worth it.
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I figured that. It bothers me when I throw away $.
Do it yourself. Trust me, it is a thousand times better than letting someone else do it. And for your edges you just need a diamond stone and gummy stone. Unless you really fuck up, then those two tools are all you need.


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they have machines that just slap on wax, without using a hand iron i think. so that would take down the time im sure. but that still is really fast, because i do it myself and it takes at least double that.
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My local shop requires at least an overnight stay to get a wax and tune. The board always comes back looking excellent though, and rides like a champ. I just had mine tuned this year for the first time in 8 years and the shop functioned the same way they did 8 years ago. An overnight stay for your board, only his time it was actually 2 nights cause they were busy.

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