but in all seriousness it just looks a little dry to me, once its waxed it will be fine.
and dont get a base grind. you dont have any major gouges or scratches which is what that is for.
I agree base grind unnecessary, the white patches should come out with waxing and the base looks fine, if you are worried about need for texture in the base you can always give a thorough brushing prior to wax.
Grinding does two things - fixes shallow gouges/scratches (ptex required for deep ones), and second it puts grooves (structure) in the base which improves speed. If you really want the best finish you could get it structured, but not needed for sure
They arent white patches, that I wouldn't even worry about. Its like an off color grey or something. Maybe ill just do a couple hot scrapes and not even worry about base cleaner?
Just sounds like a dry board. If that's the case a standard wax job will make it go away.
Since you don't know how the guy before you maintained the board, I would go ahead and use the base cleaner on it and then give it a good waxing as prep for the season. You could do a hot wax then standard wax if you don't want to use base cleaner.
SO that Swix cork looking thing is what I will need? Still don't know what citrus solvent to get, anyone have any ideas? not looking to drop 20 bucks on something and only use it once. something cheap from home depot would be ideal...