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    Posted: Jan/29/2011 at 12:16pm
Ok, we've all know that before a waxing session should even start that we should use a base cleaner first to clear out the ol' base pores.  

Questions: 1)How many of you actually do this?  I clean mine every once in a while, but not every time.  
2) What do you use to clean the base?  Currently, I just use rubbing alcohol.  Probably not the best idea I know, but I'm not sure what is actually in real "base cleaner." 
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  Quote Piranha Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/29/2011 at 12:31pm
nope - I only clean mine at the end of the season, right before I put on the wax storage layer...and I guarantee you, my board will glide farther than yours on any given day 

Anyone who uses base cleaner every wax is just creating a lot of "make work" and wasting resources.  A brass brushing is all you need, pre-wax
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  Quote 1max2nv Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/15/2011 at 12:00pm
I have used many stuff as base cleaners.  It really depends on the strength of the cleaning agent.  I have used Dakine base cleaner which is citrus base.  It's prett mild so I do use it every time before a wax.  Simple Green is another thing I used for base cleaner.  Both of these tends to leave some residue so make sure you wipe the base really good with a dry cloth before wax.  I have used auto prep spray.  The spray is super aggrassive and can easily take off paint and wax.  I use it sparingly on really tough to remove stains on the base of the board.  None of these above cause any ill effects on the waxing.
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  Quote snowmen Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/15/2011 at 3:51pm
We usually use a citrus based cleaner pre-wax as we tend to ride on a lot of man made snow here in the Northeast as well as an occasional ride over branches, dirt, etc. in the trees.
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  Quote winn Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/15/2011 at 4:05pm
unless u get alot of dirt and stuff on it, there really is no need to do it everytime. if anything you shoudl be more concern with drying out your base
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  Quote Von44 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/02/2011 at 10:09pm
I've never used any cleaners for my board yet. Not sure if I ever plan on using anytime soon. I've heard the same about how it dries up the base and all.
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  Quote vanoot Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/07/2012 at 5:33pm
If you want to clean your base, I would suggest a wax/scrape clean. Apply a layer of wax and then immidiately scrape it off before it can properly dry. This pulls out any dirt or much that could be in there with the wax.

Its actually much better for your base and gives you a nicer wax every time!
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  Quote RayHan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/07/2012 at 5:37pm
I use simple green every other time I wax. If I see the base is dirty I'll do it too but sometimes the base looks clean yet a lot of dirt comes out.
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  Quote LittleShooey Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/07/2012 at 6:58pm
Originally posted by RayHan

I use simple green every other time I wax. If I see the base is dirty I'll do it too but sometimes the base looks clean yet a lot of dirt comes out.

Just don't leave it unwaxed for too long. But I guess that holds true for any drying chemicals. 
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  Quote vanoot Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/10/2012 at 4:41am
Also, it's a misconception that there are "pores" in your base. It is just an imperfect surface, with random bumps and ridges. The wax just fills these and makes it perfectly flat - thats why you are supposed to scrape your wax off. Wax is just to fill those imperfections. Don't use base cleaner unless absolutely nessecary, and even then a hot scrape works better.
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  Quote julius77 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/12/2012 at 7:21am
I only use a base cleaner if my base is filthy. Even then, it usually cleans up fine after scaping and brushing pre-wax, So, yeah, I don't use base cleaner a lot.
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  Quote nalhcal Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/14/2012 at 6:34pm
Another vote for the citrus based base cleaner. Though I don't use it often, only if I have been riding on a lot of man made snow and it is getting dirty/sticky
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  Quote Corpion Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/14/2012 at 6:38pm
I usually just use an orange peal then just rub it where its dirty. Works really well and all natural :)
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  Quote bdanross Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/19/2012 at 7:59am
i made my base cleaner. zested lemon lime and orange and mixed that with vinegar, water and a little bit of dish soap. it works well. doesnt get out really tough stuff unless you scrub hard. but does remove a lot of grime. However i like the sound of not cleaning it everytime and using a brush. Might try that next.
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  Quote gepet0 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/30/2012 at 11:48pm
I clean my base always before waxing it.

I use the branded TOKO wax remover to take the excess wax out and to apply the new wax in a better way.

So the wax will not turn to black colour.

http://www.gearwest.com/toko-hc3-wax-remover-250ml-pr-8906078.html

that the link of the product I use.

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  Quote eddiexchoi Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/07/2012 at 5:11pm
Does it really matter if you use a cleaner or not? I used to use it alot... every time I waxed... but I don't feel the difference...
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  Quote Witty1 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun/17/2012 at 9:48am
if you're racing... yes, if you are just cruising down the mountain... a hot scrape before each waxing is all you'll ever need.
as stated earlier... it's a waste of resources to use a base cleaner every wax.
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