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Old 10-16-2011, 12:22 AM   #21 (permalink)
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On the East coast, definitely.. man made snow/ ice and corn, your base will go white in a day or two.. but like WasatchMan said.

Some wax every other day, some every week, some once a month, some never do.

If you want to keep you base nice and slick on the hill wax it.. if you don't mind a bit of drag and a decrease in speed then don't bother waxing it as often.

PS. If you're going to buy a tuning kit.. don't get suckered into paying a high dollar for a "waxing" iron.. any iron will do.. travel irons work great. Pick one up at a yard sale and you'll be set.
awesome advice on the iron thank you.... not too worried about the drag or the decrease in speed.... more worried about maintaining my board (so that it doesnt get damaged) so that it will last me a while
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Old 10-16-2011, 01:23 AM   #22 (permalink)
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waxed my board the other day for the first time…. more messy than I expected. It was fun tho.
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Old 10-16-2011, 03:18 AM   #23 (permalink)
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the more you wax the better! get some of this wax >> Wax Store: Choad Cheese | All-Temp and Cold-Temp Snowboarding Wax and Ski Wax
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Old 10-16-2011, 10:48 AM   #24 (permalink)
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I supposed this isn't maybe the right forum area to ask this, but it is a waxing thread...

I recently (well, end of last season) switched from plastic scrapers to a metal scraper. The metal scraper seems to take the wax off much better with less effort, but I'm wondering if it's possible to take off too much wax so that you end up with a suboptimal job. Should I back off more? I don't want to go back to the plexiglass scrapers. The edges wear eventually and I have to keep replacing them.
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Old 10-16-2011, 10:50 AM   #25 (permalink)
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You mean according to wikipedia.
Snowboard - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Wikipedia has more to say about extruded bases than sintered (which isn't much). I didn't learn it from there, but yes... wikipedia is a great source of information. I use it almost every day for work.
This entry on sintering ( Sintering - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ) has more information on its advantages.

I'm sure you knew all that already, though and didn't mention it since its patently obvious.

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Old 10-16-2011, 10:57 AM   #26 (permalink)
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I supposed this isn't maybe the right forum area to ask this, but it is a waxing thread...

I recently (well, end of last season) switched from plastic scrapers to a metal scraper. The metal scraper seems to take the wax off much better with less effort, but I'm wondering if it's possible to take off too much wax so that you end up with a suboptimal job. Should I back off more? I don't want to go back to the plexiglass scrapers. The edges wear eventually and I have to keep replacing them.
im not sure if its possible to take off too much wax since anything left on top is excess anyway but it is probably possible to scrape some of your actual base off if you put to much pressure on it. when ever i scrape i usually dont get it ALL off anyway and just leave a slight layer to be taken off by the snow once i start riding.
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Old 10-16-2011, 11:53 AM   #27 (permalink)
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I supposed this isn't maybe the right forum area to ask this, but it is a waxing thread...

I recently (well, end of last season) switched from plastic scrapers to a metal scraper. The metal scraper seems to take the wax off much better with less effort, but I'm wondering if it's possible to take off too much wax so that you end up with a suboptimal job. Should I back off more? I don't want to go back to the plexiglass scrapers. The edges wear eventually and I have to keep replacing them.
You're taking too much wax off when you start scraping the base off along with the wax. The whole point of hot wax is to get the wax in between the base molecules. It doesn't serve any purpose to have anything sitting over your base. Plus, you can always get a sharpening tool for your scraper to keep the edges sharp.
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im not sure if its possible to take off too much wax since anything left on top is excess anyway but it is probably possible to scrape some of your actual base off if you put to much pressure on it. when ever i scrape i usually dont get it ALL off anyway and just leave a slight layer to be taken off by the snow once i start riding.
First off, you should be using a plastic scraper. All of the plastic scrapers I have ever seen have been make out of polyethylene (I have one that I suspect might be polypropylene, but I don't have access to a GC anymore to check). HDPE has limits on its maximum hardness, meaning that it should be very difficult to scrape your board hard enough to damage to the base (without also wrecking your scraper simultaneously).

Waxing is half art, half science. Since karasene is fast becoming a wikipedia enthusiast, this entry should tell you most of what you need to know
Ski wax - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 10-16-2011, 12:16 PM   #29 (permalink)
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First off, you should be using a plastic scraper. All of the plastic scrapers I have ever seen have been make out of polyethylene (I have one that I suspect might be polypropylene, but I don't have access to a GC anymore to check). HDPE has limits on its maximum hardness, meaning that it should be very difficult to scrape your board hard enough to damage to the base (without also wrecking your scraper simultaneously).

Waxing is half art, half science. Since karasene is fast becoming a wikipedia enthusiast, this entry should tell you most of what you need to know
Ski wax - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
i already know most of what i need to know and do use plastic scrapers, i was just answering donuts question saying that a metal scraper will be easier to damage your base with unintentionally then the plastic
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Old 10-16-2011, 02:06 PM   #30 (permalink)
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Just use a metal file to sharpen your plexiglass scrapers. Edges just get rounded is all, square em up. No reason to buy new ones... actually if you know of a sign shop near you, you can prob get some acrylic offcuts for nothing and use those.
As for metal scrapers, i've been using one and as long as you are careful not to gouge into your base then you should be good. Even saw a 'pro' at the shop doing it. Must be legit
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