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Hi! I’m a beginner snowboarder and I got my first board of a used site today (all rental before). It’s a Nitro Team Exposure 2020, used for one season, that I got for 150 bucks.

However, it looks like the previous owner had fixed some spots on the top sheet with epoxy and p-tex. There is no damage to the base or edge, though I can’t tell the extent of the original damage at the spots filled with p-tex. where epoxy was applied, there was no damage to the graphic on the topsheet, just the uppermost layer of clear film/cover. They said the top damage was because of hot wax melting the topsheet. Is this an issue or am I good to ride? If it’s as big issue I’m considering arguing for a return, but that’s rather difficult through the site I used. Thank you so much and would appreciate any advice!

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Hi! I’m a beginner snowboarder and I got my first board of a used site today (all rental before). It’s a Nitro Team Exposure 2020, used for one season, that I got for 150 bucks.

However, it looks like the previous owner had fixed some spots on the top sheet with epoxy and p-tex. There is no damage to the base or edge, though I can’t tell the extent of the original damage at the spots filled with p-tex. where epoxy was applied, there was no damage to the graphic on the topsheet, just the...
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Why/how do you soften the topsheet to let the wax sink into the base? That is some yabai bs. If the base was heated until the gunk on the topsheet started to melt, that board is almost literally burnt toast inside. If the topsheet was heated until things started to melt, the integrity of the topsheet may have been compromised even though it may look alright. Too much heat can only damage something made of wood + resin + fiberglass.

Can't hurt to have a pro look at the damage (make sure to tell them about the heat 'fix') but no pro can bring your board back to its virgin glory. If you are lucky and the board is structurally sound, just sand down the scabs and vinyl sticker over them. They can help prevent moisture as well as cover up wounds. Good luck.
 

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Hiya, thanks for replying! Yeah it does look slightly yabai 😂

That’s what I’m worried about too—if the heat was enough to melt the clear coat then surely it can’t have been good for the fibreglass? I added some additional photos of the other spots if you’d be so kind as to look at them 🙏 I wouldn’t mind if it’s still rideable and would just slap some stickers on after sanding the protruding epoxy down, but if the board won’t ride well then that’s a dealbreaker.
You can see where the top sheet has started to delaminate and peel, and they are nowhere near binding locations, and it looks like the previous owner tried to seal them with what looks like even more literal hotfixes. I think the topsheet is a few flexes away from developing spider web cracks and shattering. Sorry for the pessimism but heat really kills a board like no other. I'd send it back and get your money back.
 
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