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Are base cleaners a no go?

I have always used a hot wax scrape to clean the base of my boards, but I am starting to wonder whether all base cleaners are bad. Purely out of laziness it would be a little quicker but a long time ago I was told it would damage and dry out the base, does this still apply to all base cleaners.

Anyone got any wisdom on the topic?
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yes. Base cleaners do what they do well, dissolving the wax. Generally, I would not use solvent base cleaners. When you dissolve and remove the wax and other compounds, you'll spend more time waxing afterwards to rejuvenate the base.

But, base cleaners are good for spot cleaning for preparation of P-tex repairs.

So your choice. A little extra effort cleaning the base, or more effort later waxing, building up the wax in the nooks and crannies.
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Does this also apply for Citrus based base cleaners, I have heard their more 'gentle' or do they just dry base out as well?
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They are more gentle on your hands.. the ones that are actually citrus oil based.... that's about it. They still do what petroleum distillate based cleaners do well, dissolve wax and such to clean your base.
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They are more gentle on your hands.. the ones that are actually citrus oil based.... that's about it. They still do what petroleum distillate based cleaners do well, dissolve wax and such to clean your base.
Thanks for the info - hot wax and scrape it is. Hardly a time saver if I end up just having to wax it more.
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... base cleaners are good for spot cleaning for preparation of P-tex repairs.
thats the only time i do a base clean...found a killer all-temp wax, so there's really no reason to deep clean if you are not changing wax colors
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thats the only time i do a base clean...found a killer all-temp wax, so there's really no reason to deep clean if you are not changing wax colors
What wax do you use?
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lose your friends, pass tucking skiracers on the cattrack all day ...i did switch to some red at the end of the season, just cuz the shop ran out of XF, didnt even base clean just waxed it right in with, no probs
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I'll usually just do a hot scrape, and then slap on a thick layer of wax before storage. I've only ever used base cleaner a couple times in the 8 or so years I've been snowboarding, and that's from riding through mud and having that crap stuck in there pretty good. As someone else already mentioned, base cleaner is pretty harsh stuff, even if it is citrus based.
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lose your friends, pass tucking skiracers on the cattrack all day ...i did switch to some red at the end of the season, just cuz the shop ran out of XF, didnt even base clean just waxed it right in with, no probs
Most of the time, I find Swix to be overpriced at various shops.

So... I use Racewax FluoroMax All Temperature

RaceWax All Temperature Universal Fluoro Ski Snowboard Wax, 80 g

Not sure about shipping costs to Europe though.

Ironically, in the US, Swix seems to be a big proponent of base cleaners, instead of hot scraping....

which... I use RaceWax Warm Temperature Hydrocarbon Ski Wax, 150 g
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