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    Posted: Feb/01/2010 at 1:02pm
How often do you need to wax your board?
This is my 4yr snowboarding & I ride for about 2 weeks a season.
Any ideas or suggestions...
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i wax every two times i'm out, but i'm on the crazier end.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/01/2010 at 1:16pm
depends on the type of base your board has too.  extruded bases can go pretty long without waxing, some people never wax extruded bases.  but if your deck has a sintered base, you should be waxing pretty often...  3-5 times, depends really. or whenever u feel the board being sluggish.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/01/2010 at 1:17pm
I just started waxing my own board and I was curious:  Is it possible to scrape off too much wax?  This last time (also my first time) I gave it a good scrape until I couldn't get any more off with a fingernail, but it didn't seem quite as speedy down the hill as I anticipated.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/01/2010 at 1:17pm
whenever you see the base starting to turn whitish. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/01/2010 at 1:20pm
Originally posted by Marumm

I just started waxing my own board and I was curious:  Is it possible to scrape off too much wax?  This last time (also my first time) I gave it a good scrape until I couldn't get any more off with a fingernail, but it didn't seem quite as speedy down the hill as I anticipated.
i take off all the wax, and according to sierra's video on waxing, they say take off all the wax too.  the base should absorbed the wax already, no point leaving on the unused wax.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/01/2010 at 1:45pm
Originally posted by jerimiah

How often do you need to wax your board?
This is my 4yr snowboarding & I ride for about 2 weeks a season.
Any ideas or suggestions...


That is a tricky question jerimiah, the answer is, it depends. It depends on your base (as mentioned) but also how much you ride that day (a two hour session won't do much, but taking first and last chair and never stopping, that is different), what the snow conditions are (ice rips the wax off and dries the board, pow, not so much) and what kind of wax you are using. The base around your edges should be the first to loose the wax (if you are using your board correctly). If you have a dark base, you will see that it will get a little lighter in color. You can always do the drip test. Hold the board up at about a 60 degree angle and drip water on it. If the water is quickly running down, then you probably don't have a problem. If it sticks, then you need to wax. You should also feel it when you ride. The next time you wax, pay attention to your speed, especially on the flats. In a couple of days you will notice that you are just not moving as easily on the snow.

Originally posted by Marumm

I just started waxing my own board and I was curious: Is it possible to scrape off too much wax? This last time (also my first time) I gave it a good scrape until I couldn't get any more off with a fingernail, but it didn't seem quite as speedy down the hill as I anticipated.


No, you can't scrap off "too much" because the wax gets into the pours of the board. However, even though they say to scrape it all, unless you are racing, you really don't need to scrape that much. The extra wax on your board will make the wax last longer and give it a little protection from minor scrapes. Just smooth it out (get the big chunks of wax off) and buff it.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/01/2010 at 2:24pm
What board do you have?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/01/2010 at 2:33pm
Marumm, it depends on the wax you use as opposed to the temp of the snow. It also depends on what kind of wax you use since there is hydrocarbon, fluorinated, High Fluorinated, Low Fluorinated etc...

The fluorinated last longer, and is better quality. It is often used by people who go pretty fast, and is not as affected by any element in man made snow and dirt. Hydrocarbon is cheaper, and is widely used. It just doesn't last as long as fluorinated on man made and snow which contains dirt.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/01/2010 at 2:44pm
if you wax your own board it's easier to maintain your wax by waxing about every 2-3 days. I use less wax just enough to make sure the whole base has a wet look. anything more and you just scrape it off anyways. you can tell with a sintered base when it starts to look dry it needs wax. I use standard all temp wax but have started using blue along the edges, the cold wax is harder and last longer.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/01/2010 at 4:17pm
And for the noobs, waxing every 2-3 days means days of riding. I could see where somebody could mix that up.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/01/2010 at 5:20pm
Originally posted by XxTRCxX

Marumm, it depends on the wax you use as opposed to the temp of the snow. It also depends on what kind of wax you use since there is hydrocarbon, fluorinated, High Fluorinated, Low Fluorinated etc...

The fluorinated last longer, and is better quality. It is often used by people who go pretty fast, and is not as affected by any element in man made snow and dirt. Hydrocarbon is cheaper, and is widely used. It just doesn't last as long as fluorinated on man made and snow which contains dirt.

Don't use fluoro on its own.  If you do not have a solid hydrocarbon base for fluoro to "grab" to, it burns out much quicker.  When I use fluoro, I try to mix it with hydrocarbon stuff I have lying around.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/01/2010 at 5:23pm
I used to wax every 2-3 times, but I've been pretty lazy this season, especially because I'm in a one bedroom studio and waxing makes for a mess.  Earlier in the season I could wax on my balcony, but now that it's below freezing every day, it's not working out.

If you have a sinered base, I'd say whenever you feel your base is grabby or you see white.  On ice, this could be every day your ride.  In good snow, you could probably go 5+ days easily.

If you have an extruded base, I wouldn't even bothered with hot waxes unless your base looks REALLY dry.  They just don't absorb wax well enough to justify the effort (at least those I've waxed).
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I forgot to mention to have hydro as the base, I always do, but I just didn't include it.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/02/2010 at 3:35pm
Whatever you do, make sure you ALWAYS wax the board after your last use for the season.  For this waxing, you can go heavy and not scape off.  This protects it for the summer.  Once a sintered board dries out to much, it compromises the the board's ability to take in wax and then you might have to wax all the time or just plan on always going slow.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/03/2010 at 11:02am
2 weeks a season is pretty light.
with a sintered board, i'd say to wax every 4 days on the snow. every 3 days if you're going over a lot of ice or are prone to stay on edge the whole time.
if you've got an extruded, once at the end of the season should be enough.  just leave the wax on till next winter.  scrape and you're good to go.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/04/2010 at 10:54am
do you need to wax brand new boards before their first use?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/04/2010 at 11:09am
If they are from the current year, you usually don't have to, most (if not all) boards are factory waxed. You can though, it won't hurt. (Unless you do a horrible job.) If your board is new but a previous years' model you might want to. Especially, if the base has white splotches on the base. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/04/2010 at 2:33pm
Originally posted by eskimoskater

do you need to wax brand new boards before their first use?
 
I think it also depends on the brand, when I recieved my Unity Reverse is said to hot wax it at least twice before riding it, it was right there on a note with the board. I had never seen that before.
 
Just some more tidbits about waxing, use a legit waxing iron made for skis and snowboards and hot scrape your board if the base is dirty or if you haven't cleaned it in a while. I used to use a citrus cleaner but I either didn't know what I was doing or it didn't work as good as hot scraping the base.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/04/2010 at 3:32pm
Generally speaking you don't need to wax a board first day out, but I like to do it if I have the time.
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my board is a Hammer contact series 2007
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i wax after every weekend
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I wax every 3-4 sessions - and one final time in the spring.
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