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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-31-2012, 11:32 AM Thread Starter
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Tuning question about stone grinding

I just bought a used 2012 never summer SL and plan on tuning it myself but for the first time I'd like someone who does this all the time to get it in shape.

The base is whats bothering me, i know how to wax, i know how to do edges, the base has no scratches or anything, just has a bunch of what looks like staining or something on it....

Would a simple base cleaner get this nice and clean or is there something else going on?

Also, the shop has a coupon right now for half off a tune which includes a base grind. Will that make the base look like new? Can a base grind be trusted?

This is what im talking about, the whole base looks like this.


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I would try a cleaner before I went so far as to base grind it.
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burn it, send it to hell.

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.
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Right on, so something like the Dakine Base Cleaner should do me?

That way I dont have to take it in.

Is a stone grind the same as a base grind?
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burn it, send it to hell.

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
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cool thanks guys.

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?
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cool thanks guys.

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.
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snowolf... the citrus based cleaners at home depot will say "wax removal" any brand recommendations?

Also, id love to polish the base when done, whatya mean by using corks?

Thanks everyone, i think im gonna tackle this myself. And yea, i have no idea how the dude treated the board thats why i wanna start FRESSHHHH
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Also, id love to polish the base when done, whatya mean by using corks?
crack open some cheap wine with the gf and rub the corks on the base...at least something will get polished


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LOL @ Wrath

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...

simple green??
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