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    Posted: Jul/10/2010 at 1:19am
Hi guys,

Newbie here.. just a question on servicing your snowboard.

What tools would I need to service my board
and is it hard to do it yourself/or worth the effort?

Cheers

p.s. Is there a search function for the forums anywhere??
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/10/2010 at 1:20am
You can use the "Site" tab above to search the forum, but there is no dedicated search Cry
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/10/2010 at 2:59pm
Iron and a scraper at a minimum to do your own waxing.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/10/2010 at 10:53pm
been looking at getting an iron.. is toko any good?

didn't realise how many different types of wax there were =/
how much of a difference do they make? some were like $100+ for 20g
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/10/2010 at 10:54pm
get cheap bulk wax, either all temp or specific temps if you want to pay attention to that.  its mostly all the same thing anyway.. paraffin wax.  unless youre a racer or really anal, it doesnt matter.

waxing is easy.  youtube it.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/11/2010 at 1:53am
ok thanks, I was planning to go the cheap wax anyway since I can't really afford the others

yeah I watched some youtube videos, it almost seems like you put wax on it and take it all off again or does it actually get absorbed by the board?

seems pretty easy.. they charge about $80aud here for servicing! so damn expensive when I can get the tools for about the same amount
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/11/2010 at 1:56am
It does get absorbed, the base soaks it up but yes the bulk of it gets scraped off.

$80 is nuts, you can probably buy everything except the iron for that.

You can just use a normal iron but you need to find one that is NOT a steam iron, you want one without all the holes on the bottom.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/11/2010 at 4:02am
yup,  see if you can find a normal iron.  the ones that they offer at the shops are waaaay high in price.

if you want to do full service for your board like sharpening look into getting an edge file as well
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/11/2010 at 1:42pm
it's amazing how hard it is to find a non-steam iron...!!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/11/2010 at 1:43pm
i got mine for like 25 bucks off i think it was dogfunk, pretty easy to me lol
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/11/2010 at 1:45pm
i use a steaming iron, it still works just dont use it on clothes again. and dont press the steam function.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/11/2010 at 1:48pm
yeai just got some crappy one from walmart lol and is realy easy if your not lazy hahaha
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/11/2010 at 3:02pm
There are a lot of threads about this sort of thing.
Here are a few:
Waxes and tuning tools
Comprehensive guide for edging and waxing board
Board waxing/edge sharpening
hot wax
Help with waxing
What wax do you use
Questions about waxing
wax
Wax
waxing metal or plastic scraper

If you read those you should have a solid idea of what you want.

Basically you need:
Iron (I've use ones with and without holes. Without is easier, use what you have or what you can afford)
Wax (read some of the wax threads)
Scraper (metal or plastic - read the thread and make your own decision)
Scrotchbrite pad
Edge tool (or file, but I would use a tool since you are new)

There are other things you can get like a diamond stone or a cork etc, but those few basics should serve you well.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/11/2010 at 6:21pm
appreciate the reply joness, some good suggestions there
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/12/2010 at 1:20am
Thanks for all the help guys!

I've decided to get the iron and Burton file guide
Can't decide if I should go with the Magical Go-Go Grease or the Pom-Pom Slush Rush (what's up with the names lol) - apparently graphite makes you go faster?

Gona have to source my scraper and rock from somewhere else
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/12/2010 at 1:29am
I use a toko iron and love it. Its a perfect size for traveling and you can set the temp which is good. There are a lot of Youtube videos going through each step of the tuning and waxing process. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/12/2010 at 1:32am
yeah I've been watching videos on youtube seems fairly straight forward
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/12/2010 at 11:15am
get a dakine hot iron, wax and a scraper is the best overall and worth it
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/12/2010 at 1:57pm
thanks for all the feedback guys I ended up getting all the stuff off dogfunk: iron/file/wax

ended up getting a few different waxes to see how they would go
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/02/2010 at 8:33am
i got the burton iron from dogfunk and it's always suited me well.  It's a decent deal when they have 40% off closeout stuff.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/09/2010 at 12:38pm
I wanna start waxing my own board instead of paying Panda to do it. Waxing your own stuff just connects you more with snowboarding. At least thats how I feel.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/09/2010 at 12:45pm
is using a regular steam iron with holes at all bad for your board? or just not as nice as true wax irons?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/09/2010 at 4:01pm
not completely sure to be honest.. I don't think that it matters if it's not as nice when you wax your board since you end up scrapping it all off anyway
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/18/2010 at 8:22am
Originally posted by dishz

not completely sure to be honest.. I don't think that it matters if it's not as nice when you wax your board since you end up scrapping it all off anyway


The wax irons have rounded edges which makes it a lot easier to float the wax on and supposedly better temperature control. I don't think you'd want all those holes filled with wax.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/18/2010 at 8:30am
thanks for all the feedback guys I ended up getting all the stuff off dogfunk: iron/file/wax

ended up getting a few different waxes to see how they would go
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/18/2010 at 8:48am
wax and edger!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/20/2010 at 11:18am
Originally posted by ata

thanks for all the feedback guys I ended up getting all the stuff off dogfunk: iron/file/wax

ended up getting a few different waxes to see how they would go
 
Again, you just posted someone elses comment.  You are going to lose your forum priveliges.
 
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get an iron and some wax and a scraper
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/04/2011 at 6:19pm
ya waxing is the easier part. just make sure you do more research on the filing and angles and bevels and stuff for sharpening and tuning. :)
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/05/2011 at 11:16am
I have this kit: https://www.tools4boards.com/US-SuperStation.html

It has pretty much everything you need other than a brass brush and base cleaner.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/05/2011 at 11:27am
wax is pretty cheap. all i need is a new iron without holes cuz the wax gets in there sometimes and its a pain to get out. i spent maybe 50 bucks on waxing materials
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/26/2011 at 12:56pm
I recently got the dakine iron for $35. I found out you really gotta go over it alot with the iron, not just melt it. I read you should be able to feel the warmth on the topsheet for the wax to really get into the base. I also got the swix 2x2 edger. The file works really well for sharpening but I'm not so sure about how well it controls the angles.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/26/2011 at 1:05pm
Originally posted by panther

is using a regular steam iron with holes at all bad for your board? or just not as nice as true wax irons?


You're not using the steam function anyway, and it wouldn't damage your board (unless you turn it up too high and leave it in one spot for a long time or something, but that would be true for any iron).  I think the main concern with a steam iron would be possibly getting wax into the holes.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/06/2011 at 8:41am
"servicing" your snowboard involves a huge spectrum of options...none of which is difficult

On the less time consuming side, most people simply wax, iron, scrape and buff (scotchbrite).  This keeps your base/plastic conditioned, but leaves you relatively slow on the first several runs, if not the entire first day after waxing.  The edges also might have burs, slowing you on turns.  The glide potential is diminished going this easiest route.

Farther in the spectrum, you can de-burr the edges with a whetstone, before waxing

Even deeper involves using an edge tool after the de-burr, pre-clean/prepping the base with a brass brush and then, after waxing, whisking wax out the structure with a few different types/grades of brushes .

Racers even do much more...but, obviously, it can get very time consuming and brings diminishing returns for the standard resort rider
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/06/2011 at 8:43am
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/06/2011 at 9:00am
I got a cheap 6 dollar iron from walmart, but plan to spring for the extra money for a waxing iron
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/06/2011 at 9:16am
I have been using a cheap steam iron. The wax really doesnt get into the hole since the wax will melt and drip outside of the hole when its hot.

One problem I have with it...its hard to melt the wax, I would have to run over it many times before I would really pound the wax into the base.

Amazon has the Dakine super tune kit for 69 right now.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/06/2011 at 9:19am
All you need is an iron that doesnt have holes in it. Dakine has a nice super tune kit which gives you the iron, scraper, scotch brite pad, and other tuning stuff. Its pretty easy to wax your own stuff.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/06/2011 at 9:28am
Originally posted by Olay

All you need is an iron that doesnt have holes in it. Dakine has a nice super tune kit which gives you the iron, scraper, scotch brite pad, and other tuning stuff. Its pretty easy to wax your own stuff.


holes or no holes it doesn't matter. All you are doing is melting wax.
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