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11-10-2010 08:40 PM
slyder Home Depot brass brush:



Brass or Bronze, both are very soft metals and will clean the base without being to abrasive





-Slyder
11-10-2010 08:27 PM
legallyillegal there's nothing specific about brushes

copper/bronze/brass/etc is softer than steel

hardware store - paint section
11-10-2010 09:19 AM
john doe I wasn't able to find any brass or copper brushes at Home Depot or Lowes. The only brush I found was at Ace and it was a tire cleaning brush. Works prety good.
11-10-2010 06:56 AM
Bubalouie
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Originally Posted by NYCboarder View Post
a brass brush wont scatch up or dmg your base? it seems a bit harsh?
Can i buy any ol' brash brush from home depot?
Definitely not just any brush from Home Depot. There are brushes specifically designed for tuning skis and snowboards. If you are not willing to spend the money on a brass brush that is made for tuning, a good, cheaper alternative is to use abrasive fiber pads. There are different ones made specifically for tuning, but the green ones that you get at the grocery store in the cleaning section are not a bad alternative, provided they don't come with soap in them. You will want the ones that are just flat, green scrubbies with no sponge attached.

Green scrubbies don't do nearly as well at removing old wax, they will usually be enough for the casual tuner.

--buba
11-08-2010 12:34 PM
NYCboarder a brass brush wont scatch up or dmg your base? it seems a bit harsh?
Can i buy any ol' brash brush from home depot?
04-08-2010 01:24 AM
Bubalouie You dont want to suck the wax out of the base of the board, you just want to remove any wax sitting on top of the base so that the base material and structure are exposed to the snow. The newspaper would act the same way as using Fiberlene does. I would also think that the inks from the paper would end up staining the base of the board.

--buba
04-03-2010 06:29 PM
Cavman A simple way to remove dripped candle wax from carpet was to put newspaper over it and hit it with a warm iron. The wax melted and was drawn into the news paper.

Could this method be used to remove old wax from boards? That news paper will suck up the liquified wax real quick.
03-06-2010 05:56 AM
Bubalouie
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Originally Posted by IslandCrow View Post
So, I'm kind of assuming no direct response means yes, but just to clarify, a brass brush is indeed a brush with brass bristles, correct?
Yes, it has brass bristles, but make sure you dont go get a grill scraper with brass bristles, these will dig into your base and cause problems. Check your local boardshop for tuning supplies (not often available here), or go somewhere like SlideWright-Active Life and Multi-Sport Tools and Wares or Tognar ski tuning tools, ski wax and waxing tools, snowboard wax, and Ski repair, waxing, and tuning advice for a good brass brush


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Originally Posted by Mr. Polonia View Post
If ur planning on stripping your entire base to do a thorough wax job then you can use base cleaner...but be aware that base cleaners dry out your base.
I agree completely. If you wax your board regularly, you are making your board faster every time. The more waxes, the faster you can go. Pro racers may put 60 waxes on before ever riding their skis, just as prep. As soon as you use a base cleaner, you are pretty much cutting down on the affect numerous waxes have benefitted you, and are drying out your base.

--buba
02-27-2010 09:53 AM
Mr. Polonia
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Originally Posted by IslandCrow View Post
Great, thanks for the clarification. It seemed like all the instructions on this I've read either use the brass brush or the base cleaner, but not both. . .the step may have just been left out. I did just read about the hot scrape method. I may have to give that a try.

So, I'm kind of assuming no direct response means yes, but just to clarify, a brass brush is indeed a brush with brass bristles, correct?
you can use the brass brush to remove dirt from the base and then the base cleaner to dissolve the rest.
But a brass brush is really all that you need to reapply wax after riding. The base cleaner will just be overkill.

If ur planning on stripping your entire base to do a thorough wax job then you can use base cleaner...but be aware that base cleaners dry out your base.

Use the hot scrape method 2 or 3 times to be on the safer side.

And yes a brass brush has brass bristles.
02-26-2010 10:10 PM
IslandCrow Great, thanks for the clarification. It seemed like all the instructions on this I've read either use the brass brush or the base cleaner, but not both. . .the step may have just been left out. I did just read about the hot scrape method. I may have to give that a try.

So, I'm kind of assuming no direct response means yes, but just to clarify, a brass brush is indeed a brush with brass bristles, correct?
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