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Nsane1 01-05-2012 07:02 PM

To ptex or not to ptex?
 
Well, I seem to have gotten a couple gashes in the base of my board last time I went riding, don't know how it happened but there were two slashes that looked like what would happen if you took a sharp knife and slashed it at an angle really fast.

There was a little sliver running the length of the cut and I took a blade and shaved it off. I tried to form the gash best I could so it would be at a wide V shape instead of a sharp angle. Neither gash were a core shot, probably only 1/64 of an inch deep but now I have about a quarter inch very slight V shape groove running tip to tail. I took a green scotch brite pad and smoothed both out the best I could.

So, I just got a one ball jay wax kit that came with 3 ptex sticks. I'm wondering if I would go ahead and try to fill in these grooves or just leave them as they don't seem to be anywhere close to the core.

This being my first board and first wax kit/possible repair I firgured it would be best to consult the experts. BTW, I'm riding a GNU Carbon Credit w/ an CX 2500 extruded base. Thanks in advance.

Pow?POW! 01-05-2012 07:06 PM

Hmm I'd say you'll probably be alright. However you could use this tiny gash as a learning experience as to how to ptex a base. That way the first time you might have to do a repair its not a jarring dent and should one come along in the future you would have some experience doing it already.

Just a thought.

Nsane1 01-05-2012 07:20 PM

Hmm, that was kind of my thoughts. I've done a little body work repair on vehicles before and I figure your looking for the same thing, fill it in and shave it down until it's perfectly flat. I've watched some videos on doing it even before this happened.

I'm just a little skiddish about it because it's my first time. I was wondering if the ptex you use should be the same molecular weight as your base... Also, the ptex in the kit looks whitish/clear. This will be going on a white base, I was curious on how much this will stand out. As of now you can't even see it, just feel it. Also, how thick are the bases of most boards?

ColoRADical 01-05-2012 07:30 PM

As long as you don't burn the clear ptex it won't really stand out. Depending on what your base looks like, it will be impossible to tell the difference between ptex and base.

Pow?POW! 01-05-2012 07:30 PM

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Originally Posted by Nsane1 (Post 462369)
I'm just a little skiddish about it because it's my first time. I was wondering if the ptex you use should be the same molecular weight as your base... Also, the ptex in the kit looks whitish/clear. This will be going on a white base, I was curious on how much this will stand out. As of now you can't even see it, just feel it. Also, how thick are the bases of most boards?

I feel because it is your first time now would be the perfect time to give it a try cause it is so small. I'm sure it's best also to match the weight of the ptex with your base but being such a small scratch I don't think It'll make that much of a difference. Also if its clear/white I don't think It'll be too noticeable on a white base.

Sorry I don't know much about the process of ptexing as I have never had to do it before (somehow) haha also I couldn't comment on the thickness of a snowboard base, hopefully someone more knowledgeable will be able to help you there.

Tech420 01-05-2012 07:54 PM

Dude just wax it and you won't even notice them.

Toecutter 01-05-2012 08:44 PM

Base repair with P-Tex candles is remarkably easy. I was shocked at how simple it was my first time. "That's it??? That's all there is to it???" were my thoughts.

Light the P-tex candle, drip it into the defect, let it cool, scrape. Voila!

Pow?POW! 01-05-2012 08:53 PM

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Originally Posted by Toecutter (Post 462402)
Base repair with P-Tex candles is remarkable easy. I was shocked at how simple it was my first time. "That's it??? That's all there is to it???" were my thoughts.

Light the P-tex candle, drip it into the defect, let it cool, scrape. Voila!

Thats nice to know. Cause doing this and detuning/beveling edges are the two things that have me scared when it comes to maintaining my board.

ColoRADical 01-05-2012 09:04 PM

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Originally Posted by Pow?POW! (Post 462403)
Thats nice to know. Cause doing this and detuning/beveling edges are the two things that have me scared when it comes to maintaining my board.

Bevelling edges is more permanent than ptex. Once you grind them down to a point, you're stuck with them. Ptex you can just scrape out. Go for it! It's therapeutic during this shitty winter

GreatScott 01-05-2012 09:15 PM

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Originally Posted by ColoRADical (Post 462409)
It's therapeutic during this shitty winter

Napalm dripping on your board is therapeutic? Do you like a little rough play in the bedroom too? I've done many ptex repairs and I'm always anxious.

The job is easy... but drink a few beers before you start.


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