I use the 3 inch rule. After riding in icy/hardpack (east coast)the bottom of the board turns a little white as the wax begins to wear off. Once that comes in about 3 inches from my edges, its time to wax. Usually this is every 2-3 days out. You should take your bindings off when you are hot waxing. Leaving them on creates pressure points on the board and could deform as you heat it. Edges usually get a good shop job 1-2 times a season with proper tuning every other ride. A quick wipe down before I get in the car helps keep anything from getting messed up from water. Summer time, bindings come off and board gets a thick coat of wax that I leave for the summer.
Last edited by cstrumol; 10-09-2009 at 08:46 AM.