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01-25-2012 12:03 PM
Smokehaus Do any of you guys throw car wax on the tips of your board to make the snow not stick? I do this sometimes because I am a nerd.
01-25-2012 11:59 AM
Leo I only use citrus based cleaner and it works really well. I also use it if I feel like my topsheet needs cleaning.

Hot waxing is pretty good too, but that doesn't completely pull up the grime.
01-25-2012 10:09 AM
xotix What are you experiences about base cleaners? Pro Contra?
01-25-2012 09:51 AM
Leo
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Originally Posted by Shazkar View Post
When I wax a new board, am I supposed to use cleaner first, or is it fine since it's never been ridden
Ride it first then you'll know if you are the type that want to wax new boards or not from that point on.
01-25-2012 09:50 AM
Shazkar When I wax a new board, am I supposed to use cleaner first, or is it fine since it's never been ridden
01-25-2012 08:22 AM
honeycomb I mix the wax sometimes if I'm not sure what temp it will be at the hill, cold temp wax along the edge about 1"-2" wide, then medium temp wax in the middle. If it's warm I just use all temp or warm wax on the whole thing if I'm feeling lazy, if not I'll still put cold temp wax along the edge, it's harder so it stays on the board better.

I use kerosine as a base cleaner, never had any issues with it, I could see problems with the base drying out if you do it too often. I only clean the base at the start and end of the season.
01-25-2012 07:11 AM
Leo
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Originally Posted by xotix View Post
I have had a link to a really godo article, going into details. It was written by some pro skiing, boarding whatever technical guy. It was really big, like 20 sites...There you can learn a lot about waxing, if you are willing to read. I didn't. I think i got this link from this forum, i can search it at home if someone would like to have it.

Do you guys use different waxes for the base? Like on the edged put wax X and in the middle wax A?
I know which one you're talking about. They say not to use base cleaners. I stopped reading at that point. I don't care what you do, if you haven't scientifically tested the whole wax thing, your 100page guide to waxing is irrelevant to me.
01-25-2012 07:07 AM
xotix I have had a link to a really godo article, going into details. It was written by some pro skiing, boarding whatever technical guy. It was really big, like 20 sites...There you can learn a lot about waxing, if you are willing to read. I didn't. I think i got this link from this forum, i can search it at home if someone would like to have it.

Do you guys use different waxes for the base? Like on the edged put wax X and in the middle wax A?
01-25-2012 07:01 AM
Leo I really wish the sports science guys would scientifically test all these waxing methods and various waxes. Something tells me that we are all over-thinking this whole wax thing. Who wants to write them a letter?

I clean my base with citrus cleaner... don't buy into the myth about base cleaners being bad. I forgot what site it was, but they debunked that myth due to the nature of snowboard bases.

After my base is completely dry, I drip wax thoroughly on my base taking extra care to cover my edges nose to tail (you don't need to wax tips, its just something I do because I press a ton). I then spread the wax nose to tail. I don't do it in sections because although it takes longer for me to spread the wax, I know that I'm warming my base up good while the iron is re-melting the wax to spread.

I let it cool, then get scrape happy. Do a light nylon brushing and then scotch brite it. Boom, I'm done.

Oh, and I do use rub on method for touch-ups. No point in rewaxing the whole base when it's still mostly covered. If you use the rub on method, you need to cork it. I even used an old wine bottle cork to do this. Rub on waxing gets a bad rep. It's not terrible for touch-ups when you cork it after.
01-25-2012 06:26 AM
xotix
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Originally Posted by Snowolf View Post
For best results, drip the wax on and don't be stingy. It takes heat to expand the pores in your base and to expand the bottom layers, it takes time. Use that iron to slowly bring the base temperature up enough so your wax stays liquid for 15 to 30 seconds on your base. Start from one end and work to the other. The most important part of the job is the ironing and getting your entire base to soak up all of the wax it can. Typically this takes me 10-15 minutes tops.

Let board cool to just room temperature (70-80) degrees then scrape, buff and brush texture. Letting the board get cold like outside temperature makes the wax really hard and makes your scraping job way harder than it needs to be. The cool down takes about 10 minutes and scraping, butting and brushing about 15. For a very thorough job, I can usually do it in a half to 3/4 hour. If I am riding ice or firm corn snow, I don't bother even scraping it.
That's bad for nature. Why not just scrap it?
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