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Old 02-19-2013, 06:21 AM   #1 (permalink)
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What do you use to polish/sharpen the plastic scraper for scraping off excess wax on the snowboard base?
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Old 02-19-2013, 06:43 AM   #2 (permalink)
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When mine is really full of wax I put it in some very hot water with dish soap for a while. Then clean it off with a paper towel and you're good. Never had to sharpen mine though.
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Old 02-19-2013, 06:55 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Rub it on sandpaper to sharpen
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Old 02-19-2013, 07:00 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I cut a new edge with an electric planer.
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Old 02-19-2013, 09:31 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Snowwolf: Just what is the deal with the whole metal vs. plastic scraper issue?

I have heard that using a metal one is detrimental to your base. Slipping and putting a gouge in your base, yes, but can you really do any other damage to your base?

I like to use a metal scrapper as well and have yet to see anything in my wax scrapings to indicate that I am "taking off base".

I would be unhappy to find out that I have inadvertently done damage by using a metal scraper.

I'd like to put this issue to bed once and for all.
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Old 02-19-2013, 09:53 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I use a panzer file to sharpen my plastic scraper.
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Seems to me that if you push to hard with a metal scraper, you could take off all the wax AND some of your base material. That would be much more difficult with a plastic scraper. I wonder why you don't see metal scrapers with rounded edges to prevent gouges?
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Sharpen a plastic one, when it gets full of wax, i.e. 3-4 times when scraping a board; just turn the edge of the scraper perpendicular (90 degrees) to the edge of the board and pull. If the edge of your board is relatively sharp it will sharpen the plastic edge of the scraper. But if you want to polish it, use plastic polish.

As for metal....you pull the scraper at an angle greater than 90 degrees...don't push it.
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Sharpen a plastic one, when it gets full of wax, i.e. 3-4 times when scraping a board; just turn the edge of the scraper perpendicular (90 degrees) to the edge of the board and pull. If the edge of your board is relatively sharp it will sharpen the plastic edge of the scraper. But if you want to polish it, use plastic polish.
Yeah I've been using the same scraper for about 20 years now and this works for me. Never needed to "sharpen" it though, just clean the wax off if any sticks.

Maybe it's a harder plastic than newer scrapers?!?
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Metal is the way to going you know what you're doing. If not, it's too easy to fuck up so plastic is the way to go. I wax every 2-4 days on a board, so I found plastic ones got dull far too quickly. Pretty much needed to cut new edges at least once a season.
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