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    Posted: Aug/20/2007 at 11:14am
This section is dedicated to proper ski and snowboard care.
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taken from http://snowboarding.about.com/cs/tuningtechnical/a/hotwax.htm



How To Hot Wax Your Snowboard


Snowboards need to be regularly waxed to keep the base running nice and fast. Applying a fresh coat of hot wax every few times you ride is ideal. Or if you notice that your board's base looks especially dry or seems to be running slow, now is a good time for a hot wax.

There are four things you will absolutely need:

  • Wax: be sure to buy ski or snowboard wax that is designed to be applied with a hot iron. There are plenty of choices, but a good all-temperature wax will work well in most snow conditions.

  • Scraper: pick this up at your favorite board shop along with the wax. Plastic or metal scrapers are both fine, just avoid really wide scrapers that are sometimes marketed for snowboards - they don't scrape as well as the smaller ones.
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  • Iron: now might be a good time to invest in an iron designed especially for waxing skis and snowboards. These are smooth on the bottom and therefore apply a nice smooth coat of wax. Or you can go down to your nearest Salvation Army or Goodwill and pick up a used household iron for a few bucks.
  • Scotchbrite: these rough green pads are available at any grocery store next to the kitchen sponges.

Some optional but helpful items:

  • Base Cleaner: if your snowboard's base is dirty, clean it using a base cleaner (find this at your board shop) and a rag before you hot wax it.
  • Vises: setting up a workbench makes tuning and waxing your board much easier. Vises are available that hold your snowboard in place while you work.

Lets get started:

1. Drip

Put down an old sheet or some newspaper to catch dripping wax. Then put your board base-up on your new vises (see optional items) or on some books.

Plug in your iron and set it to a medium heat. It should be hot enough to readily melt the wax, but not so hot that the wax smokes. Hold the iron perpendicular to your snowboard with the pointed side down. Press the wax bar against the hot iron and hold it there. As the wax drips, move the iron up and down the base of your board until you have stripes of dripped wax 1 to 2 inches apart. Set the wax aside.

2. Iron

Now iron in all that wax until the base of your board is fully covered. Keep the iron moving; leaving it in one area for too long can damage the snowboard.

3. Scrape

Turn off the iron and wait 15 to 20 minutes for the wax to set and cool. Now grab the scraper and scrape off any excess wax in a nose to tail motion. Scraping away all the wax may sound counter-productive, until you realize that a hot wax actually opens up the pores in a snowboard's base where you want wax to go. Excess wax will only slow you down.

4. Buff

After scraping, rub the scotchbrite pad in a nose to tail motion to take off the last of the wax and give your board a finishing touch. You are now ready to ride.

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from: http://snowboarding.about.com/cs/gear/a/StoreBoard.htm

How To Store A Snowboard for the Summer



Tips for keeping your board in top shape

Before you throw your snowboard in the back of the closet for the summer, take a few minutes to prep it for the off-season. Here's how.

1. Have a local shop perform a basic snowboard tune and wax.
This simple end-of-the-season task (about US$20) will clean off any dirt and rust, and will prepare your snowboard for next winter. You'll also avoid the beginning-of-the-season rush on snowboard tunes -- a shop can only tune so many boards in a day.

2. Do it yourself -- a snowboard cleanup and hot wax at home.
If the base of your board is dirty, purchase a general base cleaner at your local board shop. Follow the instructions on the bottle to clean the base of your snowboard. Then apply a coat of hot wax. You don't need to scrape the wax until next winter, then give it a quick scrape and you'll be ready to go.

3. Bindings

It is fine to leave the bindings mounted to your snowboard. If you remove them, be sure to keep a record of your stance width and angles for reference next winter.

4. Storage
Store your snowboard out of direct sunlight -- in a closet or under the bed is fine. Avoid stacking heavy items on top of your board because you could flatten out the camber.

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  Quote amylynn86 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/29/2007 at 3:12pm
and in the wonderful words of Hoon:

Originally posted by hoon

in the interest of consolidating, i posted this elsewhere on SS.com but wanted to add it here as well.

prelude: crank the tunes or pop in a sick dvd.

step 1. clean off the base with base cleaner, a wet paper towel, anything low key. (or replace this step w/ a hot wax scrape)

step 2. heat up the iron (not too hot, somewhere between low and medium works) and grab your wax.

step 3. drip the wax on the entire base.... there are a few methods, but down and back, down and back works fine. or the infamous figure 8. then spread the wax using the base of the iron. try to make sure it's an even coat, but you really don't have to be too picky. just make sure it is over the entire board.

step 4: go upstairs, watch the dvd, rock out, go take a dump, crack a beer or pick your nose.

step 5: if it's bluebird, make sure to scrape it before it cools. if it is anyone else, just let it cool. (in this case, let the wax sit for a while... like 30 minutes to an hour to make sure it really soaks in).

step 6. scrape, scrape, scrape, scrape.

step 7. use a steel brush, wax comb, or whatever to add those nice little groves in the base for water to rush out of.

step 8. wipe down your stick and go do something else.

what type of board are you riding? what is the base? i am starting to suspect that either you don't let your wax absorb into your base long enough, your wax stinks or the base material is not that great at absorbing wax.

ps - factory wax doesn't last at all. especially if a board is sitting on the showroom floor for a while. you gotta remember that your board was probably produced in the summer. so even with the plastic, that base is drying out. of course i never wax my boards (seriously, i just take 'em out of the plastic and ride them), but i would never recommend that for a friend or customer.


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how do i file my edges i jus bought a kit to and i cant find how to do it anywer
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  Quote big b0i Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/30/2009 at 6:13pm
By far some of the BEST videos on how to care for your snowboard.
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  Quote Rexyb1213 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/07/2009 at 1:23pm
i just got my board on friday. do i need to wax it or do anything to it before i use it or is it good to go for the rest of this season?
 
if i do need to wax or tune it should i bring it to the store with or without the bindings on?
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  Quote Snowboardnoob Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/08/2009 at 4:52pm
you could wax it but most of them come pre waxed. If you bring it to the store, take the bindings off first. Itll make it easier and faster for them to do it
     
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how do you deal with the rust on the edges?
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  Quote MikeDeMario17 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/12/2009 at 1:19pm
so i dont quite understand y you scrape the wax off after putting it on, like you melt the wax on and spread it. why do you scrape it off after. ik you need to. im just wondering the concept of y you do it?
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  Quote Snowboardnoob Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/12/2009 at 4:09pm
I imagine its to smooth it all the way out. Even after you scrape it off, theres still wax in all of the pores that creates a barrier between the board and the snow that allows you to go faster. Just like on a car, you wax on and wax off. if you didnt, the wax would harden and look awful and 2ndly it wouldnt be smooth. 
     
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  Quote MikeDeMario17 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/13/2009 at 9:43am
o alright tht makes sence
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  Quote xiiikitty Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/14/2009 at 4:48pm
Originally posted by yodisbsteve

how do you deal with the rust on the edges?


If your still riding it, then you need to tune up your edges. Shops or resorts usually do quick tune. Or you can buy some basic stuff tuning up yourself, like files, file guides, gummi and diamond stone, I personally recommend vises, they're awesome.  It doesn't take too long to tune up if you don't trash your board.

If your saying keeping it during summers, then cover the base edges with wax when you wax it. Keep it in a sealed bag or you can put something like desiccating agent in the bag to keep it from humidity.
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  Quote Snowguy7 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/19/2009 at 1:19pm
thanks for the great tips guys.

I usually have the shops do it, but might as well save some money to do it myself
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  Quote A Wal Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/22/2009 at 12:32pm
I put two nails into a stud in my basement.  Hang your board on them and its out of the way.  
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  Quote A Wal Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/22/2009 at 12:33pm
Just hit the slopes with it!  the factory wax should be good for a a few days.
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  Quote A Wal Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/22/2009 at 12:34pm
Also the wax fills in all the little nicks and scatches that your board will get from normal use
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  Quote A Wal Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/22/2009 at 12:35pm
If you have rust on the edges of you board/skiis you should first of all store them completly dry.  Once your off the mountain wipe your board off with a towel to avoid getting any rust.  If you already have wax though, I quick sharpening should get rid of it.
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Thanks for the tips A Wal Smile
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very helpful thread, alot of good info and i might give it a try, waxing my own board that is Smile
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  Quote poohcrackers Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/10/2009 at 11:42am
i've been meaning to get a kit or iron and wax but haven't yet.  i will now so i can get it ready to pack up til next season!
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  Quote Youngblood32 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/19/2009 at 3:48pm
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  Quote Snowguy7 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/21/2009 at 8:12am
Scotchbrite pad   or nylon brush? 
What are the advantages of each?
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what happens if you ride your board often without waxing it?
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i have a dent in the side of my board ... what should i do ?
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how big is the dent?  it might be repairable at a shop if it isn't too bad
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  Quote wkp2101 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/23/2009 at 4:44am
I rode my new board for the second day yesterday and I definitely could have used a wax job. I was sticking to the snow and was much slower than the first day. Every once in a while my board would just slam the breaks. I wish I knew factory wax didn't last more than one day or so...
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I live in Fresno and during the summer it can get over 105. Is it ok to store my board in the hot garage?

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you should store your board in a cool, dry place out of the sun.
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  Quote MF Myron Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun/02/2009 at 8:31pm

its a late reply, but, like you i got my first board in febuary and the boys down at the shop were super helpful -anton and aj..big ups-

when you get a board its good for 5 to 7 days on the hill.
when you get em waxed you can take em in with the bindings.
make sure you summercoat your board.
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i live up in sac and we got pretty much the same climate.
so far so good in the garage!
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  Quote MF Myron Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun/02/2009 at 8:35pm
Originally posted by wkp2101

I rode my new board for the second day yesterday and I definitely could have used a wax job. I was sticking to the snow and was much slower than the first day. Every once in a while my board would just slam the breaks. I wish I knew factory wax didn't last more than one day or so...
 
depends on the day you rode. in march you are likely to be rockin in the slush or spring riding conditions and thats usually when you get that slamming the brakes feelings "sticky" is the term. usually when i come up on slush i leanback a lil. to compensate for being thrown forward.
 
 
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very helpful thread, alot of good info and i might give it a try, waxing my own board that is Smile
 
 
have you tried it? super easy! and save you 30 bucks if you buy a big block of wax. i got my big block at sports chalet.
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If anyone's waxing boards themselves I'd recommend against waxing with the bindings on. If your iron is too hot you can dimple your base from the material softening and shifting your binding inserts - the force from your bindings screws will pull the inserts toward the topsheet and leave a depression on the base.
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  Quote destroya Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/21/2010 at 5:05pm
Usually a board is good for two or so trips before you need to worry about getting it waxed. You can tell by how shiny the base is.
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is it essential to take your binding off before you wax your board?
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I take the bindings off and usually put screws on the holes in case any wax gets in.  I'm always scared wax will get in the threads and the bindings won't fit properly next time. 
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The shops down in San Diego stopped providing waxes this time of year =[.

I just started boarding, how much do you think it would cost to buy an iron and everything I need for waxing?
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Leave your bindings on, it is totally unnecccesry to take them off. That way wax wont get in the wholes either...
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^ if you were to get wax in the binding holes, you're doing it wrong.... you wax the base, not the top...   
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  Quote xcell1 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/16/2010 at 12:58pm
Originally posted by marble49

I take the bindings off and usually put screws on the holes in case any wax gets in.  I'm always scared wax will get in the threads and the bindings won't fit properly next time. 
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I rode a board for most of a season without waxing it. Come spring i took it to get waxed and they said they had never seen a base so dry. So wax your board, its not just a coating it makes the base nice and moist and we all like that
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Wax is natuarlly soft compared to all other things so its not big deal if a lil gets in the holes, the screws will carve it out



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I usually use wax before season and during. Before season i give the board to board service for a regular tour and brush the edges, thats all. And I never have a problems...
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I take my bindings off during the off-season but other than that they stay on.  And wax shouldn't get in your holes, but if it does it really should be a problem unless you are using epoxy or something lol

As for waxing goes, I put on a summer coat wax when I store it for the off-season, then scrape it the day before my first shred day.  Then depending on conditions and what I was riding (park, mountain, etc.) I re-wax every 2-3 full days of riding

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Any recommendations for a summer coat wax?
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  Quote MakeYourselfSD Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/26/2010 at 3:27pm
Originally posted by Hittnthebz

Any recommendations for a summer coat wax?
 
any snowboard wax will work fine, just put a nice thick layer on there and leave it be.
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