I could not find a "maintenance" section so I thought that this would be the best place to post this.
I am looking into doing my own maintenance work on my board this season. I plan to go out 20+ times this year, so I thought it might make life easier/better if I knew how to wax and tune my board. I have a couple questions though before I go out and buy all the stuff. For clarification purposes, I am not looking for advice on how to wax, as that information is easily available via google, but more so on what tools to buy and whatnot.
From what I have gathered on the interwebz, I need the following for waxing: wax (duh), an iron, a horsehair brush, scraper, and base cleaner. Is there anything I am missing? I already have an iron lined up, but am wondering if the cost savings are really there? It is only ~$15 to wax it at a shop, can anyone provide me an estimate to how much wax you use per waxing (providing it in oz or grams would be best, but that is not easy to do)? Also, when I see temperature ratings for waxes, is that the temperature of the snow, or the air temp? My guess is the temperature of the snow, so if that is the case, what is the best way to predict this?
In terms of other maintenance, I have read that you should get a professional to tune the edges once a year, but aside from that, can I use something like this, Wintersteiger Pro Sharp Race File Guide - Mountain Equipment Co-op. Free Shipping Available
, to keep the edges sharp afterwards? I will admit I don't know much about this, and havent been able to find a whole lot either.
For base repair, would I just drip some ptex on the gouge (assuming it is small), and then smooth it over with the iron, or whatever else works? Do I need to do anything after that?
Sorry about the wall of text, but I am hoping some people can provide some insight for me! Thanks all.