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Old 08-27-2012, 09:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all,

So I just picked up a 2012 Rome Mod Rocker this weekend - very exciting. I went into a shop in VT on a whim and they had the 156, basically THE board I was looking for.

However, the board was a demo from last year. The shop rep seemed like an honest guy and told me that the deck had no more than 12-15 days on it last season, taken out mostly by himself, one or two of the other shop guys and one or two local riders. The board is in excellent, if not perfect condition. Base is mark-free, edges are great, top sheet has one or two miniscule scuffs but nothing that would effect performance.

In my excitement in finding this board, I forgot to ask what kind of post-season maintenance went into the board, whether or not it was waxed at the end of the season, if anything has been done to the edges, etc. I called yesterday and I spoke with (I think) was the owner. He wasn't positive on what exactly might have been done to it but offered to tune it free of charge (unfortunately I can't do this as I don't live in the area, and was only up for a wedding this weekend).

I suppose what I'm asking is any general maintenance tips I should follow before getting on it this season. Do any of you guys who work in shops follow certain procedure when recycling/selling lightly used demo boards? Should I get a base cleaner and re-wax? Stone grind?

I do plan on jibbing with this thing - not sure if I'm going to touch the edges. Maybe a little sharpening. Any tips appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 08-27-2012, 10:06 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hot scrape. Hot wax. Structure the base with a brush and/or brillo pad if you really want.

Check the edges for rust. Deburr. Not sure why you would want to sharpen the edges for jibbing. Check around the contact points - chances are the edges were de-tuned at some point, but if not then do it yourself.

Basically just do a standard quick tune-up as you would at the start of the season for any board. The shop might already have done some this you and could wind up duplicating (some of) the work, but doing it yourself gives you certainty (and is also good practice).
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