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Old 10-16-2011, 02:27 PM   #31 (permalink)
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i have a toko scrapper sharpener. the thicker acrylic ones i just sharpen on the mill at work. i have about 20 plastic and 2 metal ones. i rarely use the metal ones.
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Old 10-16-2011, 04:03 PM   #32 (permalink)
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When I got the metal scraper, the first thing I did was round off the corners so I couldn't take out a gouge. What I'm hearing is I shouldn't get too enthusiastic about scraping with a metal scraper -- better to leave a little wax on rather than bear down too much. I can do that.
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Old 10-16-2011, 04:17 PM   #33 (permalink)
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Nothing wrong with using a metal scraper as long as you are careful not to gouge it with the corners. If you've rounded them off, it's fine. I usually take a sharpening stone to my metal scrapers every so often since I also use them for shaving off p-tex, although the straight razor works much better for this. The metal scrapers hold an edge for a very long time and are great for scraping off wax and freshly applied p-tex or epoxy infused p-tex.

As Cr0 already pointed out, you can't really scrape off too much wax. Either you are scraping excess wax or you are damaging the base. A HDPE scraper works fine too, just take care to maintain its edge or you will be doing a lot more work than you have to.
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Old 10-16-2011, 04:27 PM   #34 (permalink)
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is it brand new? if so I wouldn't bother since you still have that fresh factory coat on.

but It's funny you asked, because I just waxed mine this morning because I was bored out of my mind.
Did the same for me and my roommate about 2 weeks ago...got paid a hetty 10 bucks for it so its all good
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Old 10-16-2011, 05:33 PM   #35 (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.
First off, should you be advising Cro and the OP on what he/they should or shouldn't be using?

Please, after stating that you have only been riding 3 seasons, live in a city and vacation to a resort once or twice a year I would like to ask a simple question.. How many boards (or times expecting you still have the board you began with which is understandable.) have you actually waxed??? Honestly.

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BTW, how's your neck?
I am actually doing great. It's not broken anymore! Both vertebrae set and healed properly themselves. I am truly thankful I've been so fortunate. I began riding again a week (3 days? shh.) after my brace came off in March (not that it was encouraged by my family/doctor.) I got in an additional 35 days of spring riding (with some pow! I was stoked) and I was able to use my credited flight to Japan towards flying down to Patagonia for some Andes bc riding this past Aug/Sept. Thanks for asking!

BTW, how was your day off from the office?
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Old 10-16-2011, 06:19 PM   #36 (permalink)
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First off, should you be advising Cro and the OP on what he/they should or shouldn't be using?

Please, after stating that you have only been riding 3 seasons, live in a city and vacation to a resort once or twice a year I would like to ask a simple question.. How many boards (or times expecting you still have the board you began with which is understandable.) have you actually waxed??? Honestly.
Bought a 2 lbs block of bluebird wax a little over 2 years ago. It is 25% gone. I wax my 2 (soon to be 3) boards, and the snowboards of other riders on the trips I go on. I even occasionally wax my roommate's skis if we are going on the same trip. I wax before a trip and half-way through a trip (I bring the wax with me and buy an el-cheapo $7 iron wherever I am staying). Its cheaper, faster and more convenient for the folks I am staying with, and the $5 I charge helps offset the $40 I paid for the wax. 3 scrapers, brass brush, 2 brillo pads and a spray can of citrus cleaner. Is that legit enough for you?

Do I wax as much as a tech in a ski shop? No. Do I wax more than the typical rider? Depends on whether they wax themselves or have it done at a shop. To date I have waxed boards and/or skis ~12 times. I started doing it myself when a local chain shop charged me $35+ for a wax and tune (back when I first started riding).

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I am actually doing great. It's not broken anymore! Both vertebrae set and healed properly themselves. I am truly thankful I've been so fortunate. I began riding again a week (3 days? shh.) after my brace came off in March (not that it was encouraged by my family/doctor.) I got in an additional 35 days of spring riding (with some pow! I was stoked) and I was able to use my credited flight to Japan towards flying down to Patagonia for some Andes bc riding this past Aug/Sept. Thanks for asking!

BTW, how was your day off from the office?
The weather is great here, best time of the year to be outside. (Highs in the low 70's, and fewer bugs/gnats than in spring). I spent most of it playing bass and drums (the instruments, not D&B music), so I only made it outside for exercise twice.

REgarding your trip, how was it? My roommate&friend are talking about a trip to south america next year, but if I go I will probably want to spend most of my time in the cities sight-seeing since I speak the language. I will have the same problem if I decide to go to Japan cuz I did 3 yrs of Japanese in school.

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I just fished my block of wax out of my snowboard bag after posting this. I think perhaps it was just 1 lbs when i bought it. Bad memory

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Here's a photo in some of the users here want to claim that I am just "listing stuff". lol http://riftwave.net/misc/IMG_8254.JPG

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My trip was one of the best of my life so far. Spent almost 3 weeks in South America. Met up with my buddies who run SGT (SASS Global Travel | Ski/Ride/Surf Guides | Summer Ski & Snowboard Camps | Action Sports Outfitters) spent a week and a half riding and a week and a half traveling; Staying in Hostels and seeing the country on my own while not being able to speak the language was quite the experience. I loved every minute of it.

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Old 10-16-2011, 07:16 PM   #38 (permalink)
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WAX IT!! It puts you at one with your board. It's a bonding experience!
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I started doing it myself when a local chain shop charged me $35+ for a wax and tune (back when I first started riding).
Wow, I thought Sportsmart was bad!

Adds up really quickly even if the store charges a reasonable price. I wax a couple of times a month during the season. That's somewhere around 10-15 waxes. Even at $20 at the store, that's $200-$300 per season that I'm saving.
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