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02-20-2008 02:21 PM
scottland
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Originally Posted by schmitty34 View Post
I also used a scotch brit pad to buff it using long strokes from nose to tail. This did make it look nice and smooth/shinny, but it isn't really slick.
Sounds like you're perfect. It should be nice and smooth to the touch, and shouldn't really have any spots that catch your fingers if you buffed it. The idea of buffing is to clear the wax out of the little channels in the base so they can do their job and channel the water under the board.

If you ride switch, buffing in one direction makes zero difference, I buff in both directions (back and forth).

And you'll know you need to wax again when you base looks dry. (really easy to see on a black base)
02-20-2008 01:21 PM
Grimdog
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Originally Posted by Minger View Post
Don't mean to threadjack, but is it alright if I leave a bit on and let the snow take care of the rest for me? After a good day, most of everything within an inch of eithere dge is gone, so all I have to worry about is the center...is that alrite or should I just get all of it?
All off is better.
02-20-2008 01:12 PM
Minger Don't mean to threadjack, but is it alright if I leave a bit on and let the snow take care of the rest for me? After a good day, most of everything within an inch of eithere dge is gone, so all I have to worry about is the center...is that alrite or should I just get all of it?
02-20-2008 11:32 AM
FrankDaTank089 yea, when i said "it should catch your fingers" i didnt mean in globs of wax. i meant that it shouldn't feel like your fingers are going through grease or baby oil. it should be slick, but kinda of catch your fingers when you press down on it while rubbing your fingers across. thats how i was taught was a good wax. its like there is almost a very very thin layer of rubber on there.
02-20-2008 11:27 AM
schmitty34 Thanks for the info guys...sounds like I should be fine with my nose and tail.

I scrapped until I couldn't get anymore wax off, but the srapper is pretty dull so there could still be a thin layer...but I did scrape for quite a while. I also used a scotch brit pad to buff it using long strokes from nose to tail. This did make it look nice and smooth/shinny, but it isn't really slick. How hard should I be buffing with this pad? Should I be buffing back and forth real hard, or long strokes in one direction?
02-20-2008 08:42 AM
scottland You might want to sharpen your scrapper, it loses it's 90* edge quick, and scraping with a dull scrapper sucks; trust me

And as they said above, GET A Scotch-Brit pad!!! They cost like 30 cents, and they work great. Use that to buff the hell out of your base, you'll see the finish go from an in-consistent shiny surface to a super consistent surface with a nice pattern to it.
02-20-2008 03:48 AM
Grimdog If your base still feels "Sticky" then you need to keep scraping. The base should be nice and slick when you are done scraping and polishing.
02-20-2008 12:37 AM
SUPERGILDO Ive read a lot that you shouldnt use cleaners on your base unless absolutely necessary. A few hot wax scrapes is the best way to clean a base.

also,like mr right said, try to brush it or use a brillo pad. you will definately know if you didnt scrape well enough whenyou get done boarding.
02-20-2008 12:10 AM
Mr. Right The nose and the tail aren't the most important unless you are going to be riding on them a lot (buttering, manual whatever you call it ). If you do a rub on it will be fine if you are worried about it. If the board feels sticky you may still have some scraping to do. If you scrape your board and no more wax comes off it is a good time to buff it. I use those green scrubby pads they make for cleaning dishes. Ive seen people go nose to tail, and I've also heard that a good cross hatch pattern is good as well kind of making a V shape going from the tail to the nose. If you have some excess wax on there it won't kill you. Just ride the board and most of it will be gone halfway through the day unless you have giant globs on there. Another thing that can cause stickiness after waxing is if the base is dirty. I usually clean the base of my board off real quick with pine-sol or windex before waxing, not sure if this is right but it works for me and get's all the dirt and seems to help get old wax out. I use a tshirt rag or similar when I clean it and I spend about ten minutes on it. They do make real base cleaner for this and I should probably use it but I'm a cheap bastard.
02-20-2008 12:08 AM
FrankDaTank089 well when you run your fingers over it, it shouldn't be like grease or anything and be very slippery. if you did a good wax, it should be smooth, but at the same time, it should kind of catch your fingers like if you where rubbing something rubber, i guess. as for the nose and tail, that is personal preferences. I would suggest going ahead and doing it, especially if you plan on riding either one (with tail/nose presses).
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