Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Queensland, Australia
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This happens to my hatchet (half white base...ugh!) all the time during spring, and to answer your question: Yes, that dirt can eventually work its way into and gum up the pores in your base and not allow wax to get in there. No wax = slow board
Though I havent seen the forum that your read from sierra, I dont see how base cleaners can effect your boards base in a negative way...they are designed to clean it.
I am unsure about using rubbing alcohol on your base...I am using Toko base cleaner and noticed that its a little more slippery between the fingers than rubbing alcohol, which would hint to me that its designed not to fume off to quick, which, if it did - could potentially dry your base.
There are plenty of citrus based cleaners out there too, I've not tried them so can't comment on them.
Just make sure when you apply the base cleaner that you rub off all the excess, let it dry then give your board a damned good wax afterwards (even leave the wax on and reheat it later on after its set just to make sure that you get it all in there). Scrape, buff & shred.
I base clean (OCD as on this matter as well...) my boards probably 4 - 5 times a season, of which, one is 5 seasons old and they still have fast bases.
Never Summer SL153 & Atomic Hatchet 159