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geekmedic 01-22-2014 11:18 AM

Need advise
Been snowboarding for two seasons now, and I am wanting to learn to maintain my board/equipment. Please recommend a setup for edge tool, iron, wax, scraper, etc, also where to get these tools.

Also what do you all do with your equipment in the off season? Do you wax before putting away or wait till the begining of the season?


Lamps 01-23-2014 05:30 AM

I suggest you delete your question about off season waxing or give it it's own thread, it's endlessly debated around here.

Heres a really good article on tuning:

Tuning - The Carver's Almanac

There are lots of YouTube vids on how to wax and sharpen.

Waxing is dead easy and almost impossible to do permanent damage.

Sharpening isn't much harder as long as you get some decent instructional vids and follow them, but if you just go buy some files and have at it you can screw up your board.

justMessing 02-11-2015 02:32 PM

Can anyone vouch for the equipment in those links?

I'm basically in the same boat as geekmedic was a year ago. I'm looking to start tuning up my board from home but want to make sure I'm getting good materials to do so.

What do you guys prefer? I was going to buy a Dakine kit off Amazon just to make my life easy, but after seeing threads about it (and price) I was a little deterred.

From just some very basic research I've been doing I know I'll need an iron, wax, brushes (2 or 3?), edge tuner, and file. If you guys have any 'brand' preferences or advice, I'd love to hear! In the meantime I'll be reading that alpinecarving link from Lamps.

*Also, if this helps - I board in Southern California, so warm temps. I'm pretty balanced between the park and riding (love bombing hills)

augie 02-11-2015 02:44 PM

I have a much older version of this dakine tuning kit.

comes with everything you need to get started. Iron, plastic and metal scrapers, scouring pads, edge sharpener (88 and 90 degrees), file, ptex, gummy stone and the bag.

The iron has held up for years and years. I have replaced the plastic scraper and scouring pads a few times.

I have a couple saw horses I use to wax the board on. Don't waste money on a board table/mount thing.

Snowster 02-15-2015 07:26 PM

So my budget setup is as follows. For my stand i use 5 gallon paint buckets. I have an old house iron for wax (find the right temp to melt was but not burn and keep it there). Wax is super hot sauce which probably has 10-20 waxes with it and only 1/4 gone. Scotch brite and the occasional wire brush to groove the wax. $7 ptex off amazon to fix any chips or scratches in my base. Marine epoxy, sandpaper, and spray paint to fix any topsheet chips. Bastard file with a few wraps of electrical tape for angle selection. Anything else just ask. Probably totals $25 with the wax.

Snowster 02-15-2015 07:30 PM

Forgot about the scraper. I use the cheapest one i could find on amazon. If you are crafty you could also take a 1/4 piece of plexi and use that, which is what they are made of anyway. I wax my board and Dad's skis at the very end of the season. Dont want my bases to dry out and saves me hastle the next season with the first time out.

Fielding 02-15-2015 07:35 PM

The dakine super kit has the basics you'll need. If you get into it then you'll probably want more and better tools. Amazon actually has a lot of nice brushes and files.

SkullAndXbones 02-15-2015 07:56 PM

i use the burton hotstick iron, a one ball jay scraper, a nylon brush, and a rag.

neelmehta 03-12-2015 01:08 AM

no idea...........sorry.
no idea...........sorry.

WhiteOwl 04-20-2015 04:12 PM

Nice thread! That "carvers almanac" has everything you need.

I have one other really noob question that I didn't see mentioned in there:
Does it matter which color plastic wax scraper I choose to use to take the wax off? For example, if I use a blue plastic wax scraper on a snowboard with a light colored base (white or yellow), will the blue color rub off on to the base of the board?

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