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post #11 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-07-2010, 10:16 AM
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For the first 2 weeks you should have a dirty grand opening sale like free tune with wax or something like that!! Get a good clientelle... then they'll do the advertising for you! Word of mouth is the most powerful kind of advertising. You should start off with doing your waxes by hand, I think people would appreciate the "authenticity" of the craftsmanship... Start your first few weeks by being there all the time and talking to everyone, and get some local shredders hired who can do a nice base job, students always love part-time seasonal jobs!
Offer different kinds/quality/speed/temperature!!! If there wasn't so many shops in my town I'd deffinately open one I think it's a great idea!!! Keep good track of your productivity per man hour to keep your labour at a reasonable cost!!! Good luck sir!
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Thanks a bunch for all the tips guys. I've ordered some all temp wax, and an edge tuner so I can do my own board. Kind of hate to use my own (only) deck as a guinea pig but what choice do I have if I want a fresh tune and wax.

As far as scrappers go can I use a metal one? I have plenty of drywall taping knives around, sizes ranging from 4" to 10".

I've got a household iron that I used maybe 2 times since I bought it 10 years ago. Is there really that much of a difference between a "real" wax iron and a household one?

What kind of prices do your local shops charge for a tune and wax? I think I paid around 30 to have mine done by the hippie dude in Downtown Breck last year, but wasn't scrapped (spring storage wax). Is there a difference in price if you want it done right away vs. drop off and pick up next day?

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Up here in Canada, $25.00 for sure for a wax, metal scrappers are good to use you just need to be careful of the base. Additionally metal scrappers are key to scrapping p-tex repairs... The household iron will work, just don't plan on using it for clothing afterwards, and be sure to turn steam off and find the right "fabric temperature" so you don't go burning the bases. Check out youtube they have some killer waxing and repair videos.
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