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How to - wax a board

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snowboard wax, indoor slope, dry slope, alpine wax, http://www.skibrum.co.uk
great prices, check it out.
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Thanks alot for this tutorial. I use the same method to wax my board.
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Why the final polish? Aren't there meant to be fine grooves in the very thin layer of wax left on the board - all the better to channel the water and make your board move across the compressed snowflakes?
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Zero-G, the final polish doesn't obliterate the fine grooves. It just polishes sort of around them if that makes sense. When i do it, i can still feel the microgrooves with my fingernail. It makes the board go a bit quicker for a short while. It's quite a lot of effort for limited return mind you. I only do it when i use the cold rub on wax which i do on day 3 or so of a week long holiday to freshen up the board halfway through the trip.
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I tried out a silicon product called Zardoz this year and it seemed to work well in the slushy spring snow. No replacement for a decent hot wax ,but handy to carry onto the slopes for a boost!
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Don't forget - the factory wax on a new board is good for a while wink
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I've just tried waxing my board for the first time after reading this guide.

Quite easy but I think I was a bit overenthusiastic with applying the wax - it has taken me an hour of scraping and brushing to get the base looking half reasonable and the cellar now resembles a santa's grotto Embarassed

Just need to wait until next week to see how it rides snowHead
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This is definitely a great DIY waxing technique. On the other hand, if the board is not in good condition, like there's crack on the board, it's better to hand it to shops where professional people can do the waxing and do not cause further damage to your board.
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skitours, i suspect if there is a crack in the board no amount of wax is going to fix it.
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If you do the above up to the point where you wax and scrap the board, then before you use the stuff nylon brushes to bring up the structure spray a tiny amount of water before you then brush, it makes it so shiny.
I've used all kinds of wax, mainly the all round red one on a multi coloured board, surely it should make no difference as the wax is either in the board or scraped off so you dont see it.

Did a board for the first time yesterday, bring back my skis any day, so much less surface area!
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sorry............ but think the boys will like this,

http://www.eyehandy.com/sports/how-to-wax-a-snowboard-with-julia/
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errr ... I'd be careful about following this advice. One of the reasons you clean the base prior to doing anything else is that you pick up all sorts of crud whilst on the slopes - including grit. Ironing it straight into the base is not advised. Also you should do your edging first and make sure that the crud from that is not on the base either (again with the cleaning). If you are going to use a non-specialist iron (i) don't use a steam iron and (ii) make very certain you can tell what temperature is correct for the wax and the base otherwise you can either fry the wax or melt the base - specialist irons are geared not to reach temeratures that clothes irons reach. Alos it's better to do all this in a warm place and allow the base to warm up. Outside is OK for the mess but unless you are in a heat wave, the pores in the base won't open up as much.
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I have just bought myself a base cleaner, any tips on the best way to use it? Should I spray it on and wipe off straight away or do I leave it for an hour? Please help
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youtube search 'the house' channel, the guy has a couple of pretty good tuning videos.
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i was wondering what the difference between an extruded board and the other types of snowboards are vis a vis speed and maintenance? Cheers!
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It was nice to use this method to wax my board. I feel more comfortable to use it. Great Toturial Laughing
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An extruded base uses plastic that is made in an extrusion process: Where the plastic is melted and pushed through a mould.
Sintered bases are not "Pushed" through a mould, but consist of powders and plastic pellets that are heated to just below fluid melt points and through pressure, form bonds.
Extruded bases are harder so good for freestyle, less likely to damage them on rails and boxes but they retain less wax so need maintaining more often to retain good glide and are usually slower.
Sintered bases hold more wax so need less maintenance and are faster on the flats.
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thanks i get it so now
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Every wednesday in Morzine L'Aubergade Hotel does this thing called Wax:On Wednesday - where you spend €10 at the bar and a guy waxes your board while you chill in the bar. Such a good job and great beer..

Well worth the visit, went and stayed with them twice last season and will do it again next season. Perfect Morzine hotel and great staff

www.laubergade.com/en
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@stab, Great post.

I love servicing my own board and always end up doing half a dozen mates too.

Crack open a beer and get waxing, I find it strangely theraputic and relaxing......could be the fumes from the wax that does that.

I always take a little travel iron and a few tools for a two week trip to wax whilst away.
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Interesting points here in this thread, have been doing my boards for a few years, but still trying to work out which is the best way, sections or whole board. Problem is they are long boards and take a hell of a lot of wax, and a lot of scraping and polishing. The upside is that they out glide everything on flats.
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It's important to loosen your binding screws before you wax - you eventually end up with dimples on the base if you dont.
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Milk Corbum wrote:
It's important to loosen your binding screws before you wax - you eventually end up with dimples on the base if you dont.


Good to know! I've wondered why I've seen that on hired boards - i just assumed they had been over tightened
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