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Old 11-02-2012, 03:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am planning on making a long road trip this winter and with passengers there will be no room for the boards to be in the car. This means they must go on the roof. Last time I went on a long trip with the boards on the roof the salted roads and spray from vehicles etc caused the edges on my boards to rust. Now, I know its only minor surface rust even so, I was wondering if anyone had any tricks to keep the edges from getting rusty on long road trips? or maybe I should just not worry about it and bring a file to tune the edges up and knock off the rust when I get to where I am going? Let me know what you guys think.
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I am planning on making a long road trip this winter and with passengers there will be no room for the boards to be in the car. This means they must go on the roof. Last time I went on a long trip with the boards on the roof the salted roads and spray from vehicles etc caused the edges on my boards to rust. Now, I know its only minor surface rust even so, I was wondering if anyone had any tricks to keep the edges from getting rusty on long road trips? or maybe I should just not worry about it and bring a file to tune the edges up and knock off the rust when I get to where I am going? Let me know what you guys think.
Take a chunk of wax and rub on the base/side edges like a crayon to coat them. The wax will rub off almost instantly when you start riding. Since you mentioned a file I assume you must have wax as well.
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Hmmm that might just work. On the subject of wax I got a "powder board" this year and I'm wondering what wax I should get specifically for it and riding powder. Any suggestions? Also, if I wax my boards before my trip do you think the salted roads and nasty water spray etc. will effect the wax job? I rather not have to bring my tuning kit and try to wax my boards in a hotel or something... but if thats what I gotta do thats what I will do lol. Ever since I started waxing my boards myself I hate to ride on anything but freshly waxed boards. Its probably all in my head but it just seems better.
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Hmmm that might just work. On the subject of wax I got a "powder board" this year and I'm wondering what wax I should get specifically for it and riding powder. Any suggestions? Also, if I wax my boards before my trip do you think the salted roads and nasty water spray etc. will effect the wax job? I rather not have to bring my tuning kit and try to wax my boards in a hotel or something... but if thats what I gotta do thats what I will do lol. Ever since I started waxing my boards myself I hate to ride on anything but freshly waxed boards. Its probably all in my head but it just seems better.
I guess there's no way to get a hard case for the top of the car eh? Even a cheap board bag or something. I'd hate to have my board up there collecting all the shit off the road!

That said I frequently wax my boards on a trip. Sort of gets me in the mood first night I'm there. I usually do it over a towel so I can throw the scrapings out, or borrow a vac or something to clean up. Only takes 30 mins a board to wax, at the most, so not a big time killer...
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Hmmm that might just work. On the subject of wax I got a "powder board" this year and I'm wondering what wax I should get specifically for it and riding powder. Any suggestions? Also, if I wax my boards before my trip do you think the salted roads and nasty water spray etc. will effect the wax job? I rather not have to bring my tuning kit and try to wax my boards in a hotel or something... but if thats what I gotta do thats what I will do lol. Ever since I started waxing my boards myself I hate to ride on anything but freshly waxed boards. Its probably all in my head but it just seems better.
Wax for powder board really depends on where you are riding powder. If you are riding in Quebec where it can be very cool (-20 F or colder) than cold wax. Riding warmer area like Lake Tahoe where the powder can be wet use warm/all-temp wax. All-temp wax is probably your safest bet.

No, water/salt will not affect a wax job... actually if you are going to wax your board right before the trip, just wax a thick layer on the base and (you still might need to rub the side edges) and only bring your scrapper. When you get to the resort, scrap the board and you should be good to go (since any water that was sprayed on the drive is being scrapped off anyways). On the way back, crayon the edges with wax.
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Like "lonerider" suggested, run a bar of wax down your edges and for surface rust you dont need to run a file down the edge, just buy some Scotchbrite, it's in the sandpaper isle of your hardware store, I always leave a peace in my tune-up bag.
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I'd mask the edges with tape so they don't cut, buy an 18" roll of ceranwrap/food film/plastic wrap and just wrap em.

wax is a fine idea as well.

Its not gonna be that big of a deal unless the whole trip is a slog (which is the idea for snow of course).
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