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Old 12-23-2011, 02:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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i just rode my new 2012 gnu riders choice. awesome board. After 1 ride i see the base dry looking already. So i ironed in some Swix BP88 Base Prep Wax. Im told it softer than the usual white multi temp i use and therefore will sink in a little better. So heres the question- when should i throw a layer of white wax on it? right now, or go ahead and ride a couple times then do it?

is it pointless in putting a couple coats on back to back with no rides, or does it somehow pound more wax into the board?
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Old 12-23-2011, 02:52 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You are scraping the wax off right?
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Old 12-23-2011, 02:52 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The pores on a sintered base (especially a very dense one, like the rider's choice) are extremely small and require quite a lot of time with heat applied (which opens the pores) to have wax penetrate completely. So yes, extra waxing immediately won't be a complete waste until you've hit total saturation, which takes many heat/cool cycles to achieve.

Alpine races have been using devices called hot boxes for years that essentially act as very low temperature ovens for skis to force complete absorption over a 4-8 hour period. They'll throw a very thick layer of wax on with a traditional iron, and then just let it sit in the box at ~200 F to keep the wax liquid and the pores open.
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^^^^^^ yup - this. i was going to build a hotbox this year but we ended up not having winter

racers also stack waxes - do an entire wax and scrape, repeat, repeat, repeat - sometimes 5-7 times before a race. so yea. go for it.
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^^^^^^ yup - this. i was going to build a hotbox this year but we ended up not having winter

racers also stack waxes - do an entire wax and scrape, repeat, repeat, repeat - sometimes 5-7 times before a race. so yea. go for it.
thx guys... i'll stack one extra layer on for good measure. I've always heard conflicting stories.. some say burton and libtech come with LOTS of factory wax and some say no its CRAPPY wax job. Seems #2 is more accurate.
But wutever.. .the board itself is so awesome.
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you can never 'over-wax.'

when in doubt, wax it.
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Old 12-24-2011, 03:20 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Gnu`s also seem to have really fast bases but they don't hold wax as long as other boards. I am finding this on my Billy Goat. Where I could wax the Heritage and ride for 3 days on ice and crud before drying the base out, the Billy Goat is done after a day of riding. I layer wax by putting down a cold temp wax first, then putting on a multi temp wax. Lately due to the abrasive ice, I have been doing an arctic wax that I get in Fairbanks that is for _30F and colder. I put this on my edges where the most wear takes place. Makes a big difference.
ya i've done cold wax along edges before.. its makes perfect sense in icy conditions or any conditions actually.
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