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    Posted: Sep/16/2009 at 12:47pm
I just picked up these two vintage Burton's from a local guy on Craigslist. The guy wanted to throw these out, but I nabbed them before he could. One is an Elite and the other is a Cruise, both mid to late 80's models. I have the serial numbers, I have to email them to Burton to get the right years and info on them.

So I work in the tuning dept at my mountain and I know I have the goods to clean these and make them look better, but should I? Would cleaning them up, waxing them, and getting the rust off make the value go up or down? I've heard of people cleaning up their valuables before auction, and the auctioner always tell them they should have left them in the original state. what should I do? I also don't plan on using them, they will be displays soon, and hopefully a nice penny in the bank somewhere down the line!

The cruise is in very good shape, though the base could use a good waxing. The elite is what needs the most help. Other than the noticeable one binding missing, the topsheet is peeling and is dirty, the base is dirty and has rust stains leeched from the edges, and the edges are coated with rust.

take a look and let me know what you have to say!!!


















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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/17/2009 at 8:38am
My 2ยข...

Clean them up.  I personally would actually take them out and ride them for the fun of it.  I actually bought a Burton Safari on eBay two years ago; fully tech-ed it, then took it out on a lazy spring day.  Besides the super goofy looks, it was actually pretty fun... for a run or two.

I don't think you should worry about destroying the value by cleaning them up.  If anything, it will increase the value as the boards will age better.  All the grime and rust and open base are not gonna hold up well.  Clean off the dirt, lightly file the edges, then put a nice thin coat of wax on and leave it on... don't scrape it.  This will help seal the base while you display/store them.  I wouldn't mess with the topsheet at all; proly just let that do its thing.  Throwing epoxy on there, and resealing the topsheet might be the only thing that actually hurts the value once these get to antique status.

Also, you're gonna have to hold onto these for a while to really get some decent money out of them.  Vintage boards are still relatively easy to find.  Some of the older pro models go for about $400-$500 on eBay and craigslist, but the mainstream models are typically less than $100 (I got my Safari, which is in awesome condition for a 20+ year old board, for $30).  I guess if you got them for free anyway, it's all profit though Smile.

Nice find, and good luck!
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if youre getting rid of them again, dont touch them.  if you clean them up and the person would have liked the more if they were left alone, then you cant go back and undo it.. but if you leave them alone, you have the option of keeping them like that or cleaning them up, when you find a buyer.

if you keep them, pick one, clean it up, and shred like old times.  keep the other as is.
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