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02-04-2009 12:05 PM
Originally Posted by legallyillegal View Post
the Rome Design uses a wax-less base (starting in 07/08)

also Nitro FX-Smartbase® - smart running bases
wow..thanks for the info. finally.
02-04-2009 11:17 AM
legallyillegal the Rome Design uses a wax-less base (starting in 07/08)

also Nitro FX-Smartbase® - smart running bases
02-04-2009 10:20 AM
campfortune why cann't manufacturers just produce snowboard that don't need to be waxed??? technical limitations? there must be a way.
02-04-2009 09:01 AM
Originally Posted by gamer539 View Post
If you don't want to go so fast and eat it, can you just not wax it for a long time?
You still have the same amount of speed control your not suddenly going to be flying along unless you point it
02-04-2009 07:58 AM
legallyillegal cork is a polisher

not waxing is a good way to ensure a ruined base that no longer accepts any wax
02-04-2009 01:57 AM
gamer539 What does cork do? Which step do people typically do it on? after ironing the waxing on, after the wax cools. I have seen some where they cork it after a certain brush, what does it do? Does cork equal felt cloth/block polish after nylon brushing?

Is the sole reason for wax to create friction and go faster? If you don't want to go so fast and eat it, can you just not wax it for a long time?

Does having a dry base for a long time damage the board?
01-19-2009 09:04 AM
pyro13g I seriously question the need to scrape after a hot wax. Not the drip a crap load of wax on hot wax(I only drip on the proper wax if I do it for a base cleaning) but the rub the wax on like it is a crayon. My process is:

Brass Brush
Wipe off base
Touch wax briefly to Iron
Rub Wax on Base
Iron wax on base
Let cool
Cork Base
Nylon Brush base.

My understanding is the lines brushing from tip to tail creates tiny channels, like a tire, to let the water escape the underside of the board.

I have not noticed any difference in board speed. Neither has anyone else I've waxed a board multiple times for this year. And to me this makes perfect sense. If you are riding on your edges, the wax on the rest of the base is not in the equation. Plus, the only time I notice the wax being gone, is along the edges. If you are riding the board pretty flat, your not riding for speed.

What I have noticed is that the boards need a hot wax less often.

Wax paste. I like it post ride to get something on the board if the wax is obviously gone. This gives me time to get to the next hot wax.
01-19-2009 05:41 AM
lonewolf99701 Wow not only do we have snowboarders here but snowboarders who are scientists? Damn I never quite understood the technical reasons of waxing the base of my board I just did cause I new it made me go faster, Thanks for educating me on that.
01-19-2009 05:37 AM
PaoloSmythe when your board slides on the snow, the friction it creates produces a thin film of water between it and the snow.

it is this that allows you to slide along... the water basically lubricates the base to allow you to slide.

wax is 'hydrophobic' which is to say that it not only slides on water, but it actually 'pushes it away'. thus increasing your slide.

putting on wax but not scrapping it means that your board is covered in tiny bumps; which can trap molecules of water and snow and make it more difficult for them to slide off; basically your board has a greater area = more friction = more sticky = less slidey.

the wax enters the holes and pores of your base, to reduce this area and to push water away. any extra needs removing; hence scraping

it does nothing to protect the base, but works only to move water away from it.

(as far as i know)
01-19-2009 02:25 AM
Triple8Sol Not the greatest analogy, but whatever. Wax your car. Pull out your keys, and drag one across the paint. Does the wax prevent the paint from scratching?
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