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    Posted: Mar/06/2008 at 4:32am
Hi folks.  I just purchased my first snowboard.  What type of maintenance is required?  Do I have to wax it or treat it in any way before I take it out for the first time?  What's the purpose and process of waxing a snowboard?  After a ride, can I just let the board air dry or do I need to do something to prolong the life of the board?  Thanks for your help.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/06/2008 at 7:32am
you dont have to wax it but its not a bad idear to. waxing it keeps the base from drying out and slowing you down on the mountain.
 
after boarding, i would dry the board, top and bottom with a towel. it will help to stop rust from forming on the edges.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/15/2008 at 6:09pm
yeah i like to dry it with a towel also..

but afterwards i still air dry it. usually by just standing the board against the wall.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/15/2008 at 10:38pm
Wax your  board when it starts to look dry on the base. Usually after a few days but depends on the snow conditions, this will prolong the life of the base and increase its speed on the mountain.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/19/2008 at 5:46pm
another thing.. not about the board tho..

ALWAYS dry out your gear!! boots and gloves

my friend doesnt dry them out and they STINK
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/07/2008 at 3:06pm
Always bring a towel in your back pack or snowboard bag so you can dry your snowboard when your done for the day. This way your snowboard wont rust up. Also you don't always have to wax it before you go out unless you ride hard. Otherwise just check the bottom of your board and just feel it or look at the scratches. If theres a lot of deep ones just wax it. And... take care of your boots so they dont stink!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/07/2008 at 4:40pm
yeah, just keep em dry with everything, when I go out I rubber-band my boots and gloves to a hair dryer ( a trick I learned from my dad) and anyway, I have 4 hair dryers here, lots of women-relatives
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/21/2008 at 10:46pm
waxing depends on the base.  extruded bases dont need to be waxed, as they dont really hold wax.  sintered bases need to be hotwaxed regularly, or theyll get really slow.

bring the board inside when youre not using it (its okay to leave it outside if you go into the lodge or something), like when you get home.  dont leave it in your car or garage (unless the garage is heated).

you can tune the edges once in a while, but unless you ride on dirt a lot (that was a joke....), you shouldnt have to worry about it for quite a while.

as far as base maintenance goes, it depends on the base just like waxing.  extruded bases are much softer and can be repaired by melting, scraping, and then buffing with p-tex.  sintered bases are much more dense/harder and theyre more complicated to repair.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/21/2008 at 10:50pm
Originally posted by klutzycurtis

yeah, just keep em dry with everything, when I go out I rubber-band my boots and gloves to a hair dryer ( a trick I learned from my dad) and anyway, I have 4 hair dryers here, lots of women-relatives

if you dry your boots out with hair dryers, especially if youre doing it regularly, its destroying the liners, especially because they dont provide proper air flow.

its like heat molding, improperly, over and over.  bad news.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/23/2008 at 10:01am
exactly what everyone else is saying, make sure your board is dry when your done. Also in the spring if your base gets really dirty make sure you get that dirt off when you get home. i try and hot wax every time i go but you really dont have to, you can tell when your base is dry. It will look very dry and you wont go down the mountain well. Good luck this season, happy shreddinBig%20smile
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/14/2008 at 6:22pm
good tips guys :]
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/15/2008 at 11:27pm
how often should you wax a TNT base?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/16/2008 at 8:00am
Just wax when need. Not all days on the slope are the same. Check out and feel the base when you're back home. If it looks and feels pretty dry then give it a waxing.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/16/2008 at 10:09am
ok thanks
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/04/2008 at 7:59am
A tip to wipe of the snow after boarding.
Try using a ice scraper (for your car usually), use the briskly part of the scraper and you can pretty much swipe of all snow that's stuck on the board (especially the hard to get to areas on your bindings). This way, your car won't get wet while going home, or your boarding bag won't get as wet by the time you get home and won't have to spend a load of time drying your board.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/07/2008 at 5:35am
With that said it reminded me... and I'm sure most people know this but if you carry your board on the top of your car make sure its in a board bag or at the least covered with something. All the dirt, salt and everything else that flies up is not good for your board at all. Especially if you live where they use road salt in the winter... like here. blahDead
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/08/2008 at 11:33am
take a towel with you wipe your board after a days run to prevent rusting. Also you should always keep your binding tightened. Andddd wax your board every like 2-3 runs to have a nice fast and smooth run.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/08/2008 at 5:30pm
Wax nourishes the base of the board, helps protect it and ensures you glide well. Hot wax needs to get into the pores of the base, so you need to iron in the wax after a good clean then allow to completely cool, then scrap off using a plastic scraper, then use a structure brush or brillo pad to take out as much of the remaining excess wax as possible.

Anything more serious like gouges or holes in the base going right down to the core will need a workshop fix. Else you can apply a temporary fix with a repair candle.

If you've had a hard day on the edges, it's worth checking them while you wipe down, as it can affect your riding if they are not smooth or straight.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/01/2009 at 7:07am
Originally posted by geebet

Wax nourishes the base of the board, helps protect it and ensures you glide well. Hot wax needs to get into the pores of the base, so you need to iron in the wax after a good clean then allow to completely cool, then scrap off using a plastic scraper, then use a structure brush or brillo pad to take out as much of the remaining excess wax as possible.

Anything more serious like gouges or holes in the base going right down to the core will need a workshop fix. Else you can apply a temporary fix with a repair candle.

If you've had a hard day on the edges, it's worth checking them while you wipe down, as it can affect your riding if they are not smooth or straight.




Yeah, wax=good

I usually just use a stone on my edges.  It gets them smooth enough
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/05/2009 at 1:22pm
Is there any benefit to washing a snowboard? Or is wiping it down with a towel sufficient? 

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/05/2009 at 4:07pm
Other then waxing and keeping the snowboard dry after each time it's used. What are other tips or suggestions on keeping the whole board well maintained?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/05/2009 at 4:54pm
Get a stone and file down all the grooves from rocks, ice, etc. on the side walls and metal edges. if you run your hand over it you'll feel the imperfections.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/06/2009 at 5:46am
How do you know when a board is dry? What should it look like or feel like when it's dry?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/06/2009 at 10:05am
Scratch you nails on the base and see if any marks show up through the wax. If not, it is probably dry.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/06/2009 at 11:23am
^ Thanks.

My board is def dry after doing this test.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/06/2009 at 5:42pm
Thanks for advice JPhillips I will try as soon as I can
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/06/2009 at 6:44pm
Originally posted by hana24

How do you know when a board is dry? What should it look like or feel like when it's dry?


You can also see white streaks on your base, more prominent around the edges.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/06/2009 at 6:57pm
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Originally posted by hana24

How do you know when a board is dry? What should it look like or feel like when it's dry?
You can also see white streaks on your base, more prominent around the edges.


This is also happening to my board. So it matches those 2 criteria...gotta get it waxed before I go up to Tahoe.
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thanks for the tips guys!
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Wax it after 4 or 5 rides everytime that will help the life and def keep it somewhere where it will not get damaged. Also put it on its side when you travel with it helps keep the wax 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/23/2011 at 4:46am

if you ride more aggressively, i would wax even after 3 rides

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