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    Posted: Aug/07/2009 at 3:18am
hey gents,
 
just tested out my new setup - 09 Burton Custom ICS + 09 Cartel Bindings and am quite happy with the result.  I would have liked a little more play in the board but that can be my next one.  my question is, i just got my board waxed and have a few questions:
 
1. What is the primary focus on waxing your board, is it for speed only?
2. How often should you wax your board
3. What sort of wax should you use?
4. Is it easy enough to wax your own board?
 
cheers guys,
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/07/2009 at 6:21am
for speed and for protecttion
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/07/2009 at 6:46am
hey there sharp-

waxing does help with speed, it also keeps your base from drying out which is obviously counterproductive to snowboarding. a well kept base will keep ur custom in good shape for a long time. how often you wax your board tends to depend on the quality of your base, and how often you actually do it lol. I ride the 09 custom too, and i wax my board every 2-3 days up at the mtn. It's much cheaper to get an iron from walmart or even a tuning iron and wax and just do it yourself.
there are specific types of waxes, cold weather, warm weather, all purpose and so on. Its been my experience that the brand of wax isnt as important as the type. All purpose wax is a good go to for most of the season. and yes, waxing your board is very easy. Here's how i do mine.
1. remove the bindings and turn board upside down
2. clean the base off with warm water and a napkin
3. set my 6 buck iron on to a medium-high setting, warm enough to melt the wax but not hot enough that the iron smokes.
4. drip wax over the entire board, and iron across the length of the board, hopefully until i can get the entire base at the same consistency. Pay good attention to waxing the sides, they tend to dry out the fastest.
5. Let dry anywhere from 30 minutes, or the next day. Scrape the wax off with a scraper, and buff with a one dollar scotchbrite pad.

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1. A well waxed base will last longer.  Glide better on the snow so there is less stress on the base.  It will also make your board faster.  Sintered bases, such as that on your Burton Custom, require more wax more often.

3. If you are new to waxing, use an all temp wax...it'll make it easier

2. You should wax every few times up.... depending on what conditions you ride....but a good rule of thumb would be ever 4-7 times up.

4. It is plenty easy to wax your own board.  You need an iron(they make waxing specific ones, but you can use an old iron...just don't use on clothes after), a wax scraper, and wax.  You could also get a brush, scotch brite pad, and cork but these aren't necessary until you get into racing.   loosen your bindings when you wax, better to take them off.
Drip wax on your board, then spread it with the iron. don't rest the iron in one place.  Let the wax sit on it for half hour.  then scrape it.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/07/2009 at 7:25am
and you will be suprised at really how easy it is to wax... just becareful of the corners on your scraper.Smile
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/07/2009 at 7:45am
yeah.  it's really not too bad.   One time when I hadn't waxed for a while on any of my boards, I waxed and scraped all at one time.  It took me about and hour to do all five.
It really doesn't take much time.   If you are in a hurry, you can do a hot scrape which is scraping with out waiting for the wax to cool.  It will work for about a day or 2, but you'll want a real hot wax which is waiting for the wax to actually cool/dry
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/07/2009 at 8:27am
If fine it better to not hot scrape and just take the scraper with you and just doing it in the parking lot. You can do a fast job and it works fine. I have had to do that before. It wasn't my fastest waxing job but it worked well.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/07/2009 at 8:48am
that's good too.  The only time I've ever hot scraped was when I was working(instructor) and i was in dyer need of a wax and I had a lesson in 15 minutes.  So go to our instructors storage/changing/tuning shack and throw a coat on and scraped. 

Timmay's was of waxing, throwing it in the car and waxing at the parking lot is a great way to do it
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/07/2009 at 9:08am
Are you an Aussie/elsewhere in the Southern hemisphere?  If so I am jealous that you currently have the opportunity to properly give gear a run through.

What everyone's said about wax is pretty spot on.  All I have to add is that how much you wax and what kind of wax you use depends on conditions.  Personally I generally just use all-temp because I'm lazy and I live 3.5 hours away from the mountain so I never know what snow conditions are like.  I won't switch to temperature specific wax unless I know it's going to be sweltering hot and I need a warm wax.

Ice and slush will both pull wax out of your base much quicker than the general 3-5 days out timeframe.

if you ride more than 5 days a season, it's probably worth picking up a waxing kit.  If not, it's kind of a pain, especially if you don't have a balcony or garage or something where you can easily get dirty, and I'd probably just let a shop handle it for you since at that point you only probably need it once a season, barring extreme conditions.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/07/2009 at 9:36am
or u can place bottom end of ur board inside a box and scrap towards it, no wax on floors.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/07/2009 at 12:43pm

Few tips: If you must scrape while base is still warm take it slow and be careful with the edges of the scraper. a warm base is a soft base. Since more friction is applied to the edges of the base along the sidecut, it will lose more wax quicker there. A trick I employ to combat this is to use a harder/colder wax than what you use on the middle portion of the base. I would recommend getting an iron specifically geared toward ski or board waxing. Most have temp dials within ranges that all waxes will melt. That way you can match the temp to the wax and not be in as much danger of killing your base. Remember to keep the iron moving at all times and to not overheat portions of your base. I'd also sugest getting a waxing brush. Normally a short, stiff, nylon bristled brush to use after scraping. It will get a whole bunch of wax dust out and give you good structure.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/07/2009 at 5:21pm
thanks guys.  great detailed answers!  sounds easy enough i guess...
 
i think i might give it a go and let you know the results.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/07/2009 at 10:02pm
personally i like wax and wax mine every 3-5 rides
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