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  Quote cds4288 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Topic: THE WAX THREAD!!!
    Posted: Feb/10/2013 at 4:35pm
is it the best idea to use lib tech's wax on their boards, or is there a better all around wax I should use?
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me personally, l dont see much of a difference. l now just use all temp wax 
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  Quote Jibmonkey Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/10/2013 at 4:05pm
what is everybody's opinion on using all temp in comparision to say cold temp / spring(warm) temp wax? Noticeable differences? Not too sure if there are enough hardcore waxers here
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  Quote OscarDaGrouch Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/18/2013 at 5:38pm
this is a great collection of info!!!!
will def make use of it this winter!!!!
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  Quote Angry Midget Yo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/17/2013 at 1:14pm
Originally posted by patman765

I'm starting to wax my board now and I've been using just a basic old beat up iron. But for Christmas I think i'm gonna pick up the Dakine Super Tune Kit just so i have it all. Does anyone have anything good to say about it? The reviews are somewhat neutral so I was just trying to see if anyone here had tried it?
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I use whatever it comes with except for the wax, I use swix instead.  I got the dakine because I found it on sale for really cheap.  It gets the job done.  
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  Quote Muse25 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/17/2013 at 1:08pm
Originally posted by patman765

I'm starting to wax my board now and I've been using just a basic old beat up iron. But for Christmas I think i'm gonna pick up the Dakine Super Tune Kit just so i have it all. Does anyone have anything good to say about it? The reviews are somewhat neutral so I was just trying to see if anyone here had tried it?
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I have it, it's decent. But get a better scraper than the one that comes with dakine. Gets dull really quick.
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  Quote CassinoNorth Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/05/2013 at 11:05am
Just got Hertel's wax in the mail, first day using the waxed board will be tomorrow, let's see how good it is.
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  Quote coolz Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/16/2012 at 6:08am
^l have that too, its fine, just be sure to hold your wire so it doesnt melt. i actually dont use the bag it comes it, i find it hard to put back in unless l get the wax off properly
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  Quote patman765 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/16/2012 at 6:01am
I'm starting to wax my board now and I've been using just a basic old beat up iron. But for Christmas I think i'm gonna pick up the Dakine Super Tune Kit just so i have it all. Does anyone have anything good to say about it? The reviews are somewhat neutral so I was just trying to see if anyone here had tried it?
Thanks.
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  Quote mike-de-tacoma Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/11/2012 at 7:36pm
Nice photo of your setup, Cooperla. Kudos.
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You can use one with the steam holes in it as well.... Just use it on a low enough heat to melt the wax and not burn it. And just keep it somewhat clean if it does get any build up around the ports. No need for a $50 wax iron when a $3 thrift store iron will work just as well.

I use a folding travel iron -- no holes for steam -- that I got for $1 at a thrift store. It just doesn't work as well as my buddy's waxing iron, that he got on sale for $20 or something like that. The rounded bottom edges of his iron float right onto the wax drips, and get them flat and spread out quickly. With my $1 travel iron, the edge crashes into the wax drips. I have to tilt the iron a little to get onto the drips, and getting a nice even coat takes noticeably longer. The iron I have works for now, but I'll be watching for end-of-season sales on waxing irons made by Swix etc.
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  Quote sourgummies Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/01/2012 at 9:51pm
it's a bit messy but very rewarding to do yourself. and you can notice the difference.
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  Quote koyota93 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/28/2012 at 9:30pm
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So i want to get myself set up to wax my own board this season... what would you suggest would be the best CHEAP hot wax to get? And how much would be enough to last a season?
Hertel hot sauce. It's on amazon and qualifies for their free shipping over $25. I just ordered the 3/4 lbs brick for $21. 
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  Quote gsoccer04 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/28/2012 at 8:29pm
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Originally posted by jcarlo

So are regular flat iron (for clothes) alright to use to wax a snowboard?


As long as it doesn't have holes in it, it's perfect.



You can use one with the steam holes in it as well.... Just use it on a low enough heat to melt the wax and not burn it. And just keep it somewhat clean if it does get any build up around the ports. No need for a $50 wax iron when a $3 thrift store iron will work just as well.
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  Quote CassinoNorth Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/28/2012 at 8:26pm
Originally posted by jcarlo

So are regular flat iron (for clothes) alright to use to wax a snowboard?


As long as it doesn't have holes in it, it's perfect.
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  Quote jcarlo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/27/2012 at 8:06pm
So are regular flat iron (for clothes) alright to use to wax a snowboard?
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  Quote CassinoNorth Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/27/2012 at 7:08pm
Originally posted by AndrewCoxx

So i want to get myself set up to wax my own board this season... what would you suggest would be the best CHEAP hot wax to get? And how much would be enough to last a season?


I like the Dakine Nitrous cake Wax All temp. For $10 you can get 180g which is plenty to last the season, assuming you're waxing every 5 or so trips.
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  Quote AndrewCoxx Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/27/2012 at 4:43pm
So i want to get myself set up to wax my own board this season... what would you suggest would be the best CHEAP hot wax to get? And how much would be enough to last a season?
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  Quote nieve5552 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/20/2012 at 1:32pm
Awesome post derbytownjoe, this really helped!
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  Quote Cooperla Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/12/2012 at 8:21am
The one I have is just a stiff plastic scrub brush
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what kind of brush do you guys use?
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  Quote Cooperla Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/12/2012 at 7:56am
Thanks. I took the bindings off to wax them, that's the wife's board after I put them back on.

Need some snow so I can go evaluate my work!
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  Quote JDiggidy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/10/2012 at 8:54am
Nice work man, the door stopper is an especially great idea.

Don't forget to loosen (or remove) the binding screws before you put heat to the deck. (hard to tell in the pic)

Honestly, as long as you keep the iron moving, don't smoke your wax, and scrape scrape scrape... it's a pretty easy process. Especially when Mrs. Cooperla's board is at stake. :)
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  Quote Cooperla Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/09/2012 at 7:54am
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  Quote Cooperla Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/09/2012 at 7:51am
Originally posted by JDiggidy

Welcome to the club man.  I think waxing and repairing your own ride gives you more ownership in it too.  Gives you those warm fuzzies.
 

Definitely true.  I got all my stuff and set it up this weekend.  I waxed my old beater first, just in case anything went horribly wrong.  It was actually a lot easier than I expected.  Did Mrs. Cooperla's board next, again in case it got ruined somehow!

$10 iron from Target
$15 for wax and a scraper from REI
$2 brush from Home Depot.

And i bought some grippy rubber door stoppers to hold the board in place (instead of clamps).  Kinda MacGyvered the whole setup but it works great.
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  Quote thisisjoebro Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/27/2012 at 9:56am
Originally posted by sixpoint

sintered or extruded?   shouldnt be dirt left on or in the base.  swipe the surface of your fingernail across the edge lightly.   If edges are newly sharpened correctly there should be friction & resistance.  Should feel like the edge is actually cutting off a thin layer of fingernail

Its a sintered base. Yeah there is some dirt leftover on and in haha. 
I dragged my fingernail across and there was some friction going on. I told them not to sharpen it much cause I ride rails. But told them to get the nicks and burrs out. 
There is also still some scrapes and scratches on the base.

Should I go back and complain? 

This is my first time doing this. Ive had two board in the past and never done it before. Didn't really feel it was that necessary cause I'm on rails the whole time and don't do jumps often.


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  Quote steezemisterr Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/27/2012 at 9:29am
I was gonna wax mine by hand this year but my shop has a card for free waxes with every board purchase so I'm just gonna take it there all the time as long as they do a good enough job.
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  Quote sixpoint Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/27/2012 at 9:15am
sintered or extruded?   shouldnt be dirt left on or in the base.  swipe the surface of your fingernail across the edge lightly.   If edges are newly sharpened correctly there should be friction & resistance.  Should feel like the edge is actually cutting off a thin layer of fingernail
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  Quote thisisjoebro Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/27/2012 at 8:09am
Hey I just got my board waxed and tuned at a local shop. I am wondering how do I know if they did a good job cause I really don't see much of an improvement by looking at it. Theres even some dirt left from last season. 

Is this right? should I complain? 
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  Quote JDiggidy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/26/2012 at 8:55am
Welcome to the club man.  I think waxing and repairing your own ride gives you more ownership in it too.  Gives you those warm fuzzies.
 
I still use an old clothes iron I got for $2 at a church rummage sale nearly a decade ago.  Needless to say, it waxes boards and nothing else.  I know I know, you're not supposed to use a clothes iron, but it seems to work just fine for me. you just have to keep the iron moving the entire time.
 
A gummy stone, file (or edging tool), and a sharp scraper are key.
 
May I sugest Hertel's Super Hot Sauce wax as well.  I got some last year, and it is awesome on the snow.  For some reason, i feel it was harder to scrape than other waxes, but the performance was worth every minute of upkeep.
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  Quote Cooperla Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/26/2012 at 8:46am
I'm gonna start waxing my own boards this season.  I just took my two plus my wife's board to the shop and that shiz is getting expensive.  I'm going to get a Walmart iron and some wax and just have at it.
 
It sucks that the original vid doesn't work.  I've watched the other one in the thread about a hundred times and I keep forgetting to listen to what she actually says.
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  Quote Angry Midget Yo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/19/2012 at 9:45am
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does anyone remember that kid selling whacks wax?

Considering that he hasn't been posting in his sell thread in a long time, I would assume he ran out or too many people complained at his slow paced shipping.  
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Any aussie/nz/euro guys who's countries use 240v find a good solution for a waxing iron you can take to usa? For starters in australia they are ridiculously expensive ($120...) and they are 240v, I assume if i take this to the states/canada it wont work (will ride there more than i will ride here/nz) and if i get a 110/120v one from usa it will get fried if I use it here?

Anyone know of any irons (specific models - snowboard specific irons) that have a decent voltage range? (110-240v)?

Really just want one iron I can use anywhere. Also im well aware I can just use any cheap iron, and will no doubt end up going that way if i cant find one that can do both voltages, just thought someone on here might know of one. Cheers
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  Quote haiv143 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/30/2012 at 6:46pm
Nice! the Waxing for Storage helps the most as I already know how to wax. So i'm keeping a layer on for the summer and scrape when it's ready to ride.
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LoL thanks guys. I honestly thought that the wax would fill it up, how long it would stay in there is another story.. & for the reasons panther pointed out, yes I would over think it i don't have cash to just drop on a new board every year or every other year.  I want to take care of my shit the best I can and within budget or least cost possible.
I also don't have the luxury of riding everyday so I don't know if there's a difference in performance(haven't gone out yet).. I'm hoping after the wax job my board will be more slick.
I would love to JUST RIDE. thanks again for the input tho!

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  Quote panther Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/04/2012 at 8:52pm
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Originally posted by jhoang6

Nice compilation but what would make a good wax job? Or how would you know if it is done correctly?
I just recently got my board waxed for the 1st time.  There were some small gashes/scratches in it and I thought with a nice fresh new coat of wax the bottom of the board would be smooth with the scratches filled in. But I still see and feel the scratches. The tech shop guy said that my base is just scratched and the wax won't fill it in.. that it also won't affect the performance or won't be able to feel the difference.  I probably hit/ran over some ice chunks.

This guy just giving me bs and did a shoddy job or is this true?


Christ on a cracker it blows me away everyday to see how much people are over thinking all of this. Sorry jhoang6, not trying to use you as an example, but damn...you even said yourself that the scratches were small. I am sure all the scratches didn't come from one run of riding. Did YOU notice any difference in performance of the board? Bet 5 bucks you didn't. Wax will not fill your scratches up. Once any flex is put on the board, or friction the wax will ride out of the scratch or gash. Your dude at he shop is right. No BS, no lies, probably no shitty wax job. I once rode a board with a cracked tail, 5 inches of missing edge, and about another 5 inches of base missing from one of my boards. Rode that bitch for over a month like that, no problem. There have been many posts about people riding with core shots all day and didn't really notice until they stopped for lunch or something and saw the shot.

If the scrape is deeper than say, 10 gauge speaker wire, ptex that shit and keep riding. If not, more than likely it's going to be fine and you should just ride the piss out of it. JUST RIDE PEOPLE!!! LOL



Ok, let's think about this for a second...you already know how to wax a board and what it should look like, and how to treat it and whatnot...HE DOESN'T.  do you think he wants you telling him he's an idiot and have some dick over the internet telling him his questions are BS??  if you're pissed at the forums or don't like the thread, GTFO.  no one wants you slamming everyone for asking honest questions.  all it needs is a respectful answer about "no, it's not going to affect the performance of your board."  some people don't have the easiest time dropping $1k on snowboarding gear, and when they do, and it gets damaged or even just "normal" wear and tear, they want to know if its problematic.  nothing wrong with that.
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  Quote batmanwest Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/04/2012 at 8:34pm
Originally posted by jhoang6

Nice compilation but what would make a good wax job? Or how would you know if it is done correctly?
I just recently got my board waxed for the 1st time.  There were some small gashes/scratches in it and I thought with a nice fresh new coat of wax the bottom of the board would be smooth with the scratches filled in. But I still see and feel the scratches. The tech shop guy said that my base is just scratched and the wax won't fill it in.. that it also won't affect the performance or won't be able to feel the difference.  I probably hit/ran over some ice chunks.

This guy just giving me bs and did a shoddy job or is this true?


Christ on a cracker it blows me away everyday to see how much people are over thinking all of this. Sorry jhoang6, not trying to use you as an example, but damn...you even said yourself that the scratches were small. I am sure all the scratches didn't come from one run of riding. Did YOU notice any difference in performance of the board? Bet 5 bucks you didn't. Wax will not fill your scratches up. Once any flex is put on the board, or friction the wax will ride out of the scratch or gash. Your dude at he shop is right. No BS, no lies, probably no shitty wax job. I once rode a board with a cracked tail, 5 inches of missing edge, and about another 5 inches of base missing from one of my boards. Rode that bitch for over a month like that, no problem. There have been many posts about people riding with core shots all day and didn't really notice until they stopped for lunch or something and saw the shot.

If the scrape is deeper than say, 10 gauge speaker wire, ptex that shit and keep riding. If not, more than likely it's going to be fine and you should just ride the piss out of it. JUST RIDE PEOPLE!!! LOL
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  Quote jhoang6 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/04/2012 at 8:19pm
Nice compilation but what would make a good wax job? Or how would you know if it is done correctly?
I just recently got my board waxed for the 1st time.  There were some small gashes/scratches in it and I thought with a nice fresh new coat of wax the bottom of the board would be smooth with the scratches filled in. But I still see and feel the scratches. The tech shop guy said that my base is just scratched and the wax won't fill it in.. that it also won't affect the performance or won't be able to feel the difference.  I probably hit/ran over some ice chunks.

This guy just giving me bs and did a shoddy job or is this true?
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  Quote CLoSeR Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/29/2012 at 3:52pm
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just a brush, dont overthink it. its bascially all the same, hard soft is like the only diff
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  Quote oddmut Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/17/2012 at 1:09pm
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Originally posted by lineskis

I am looking into purchasing the Dakine Super Tune Kit and was wondering if it is really worth the price. Also I am new to the skiing world and just bought my first set of skis so any assistance would be great.

it's not bad the only thing i'd say is that the brush that you'll be using in there is a bit small. imagine covering the entire surface of your ski or board. it'll be a pain. good kit to start with but get a bigger brush. i'd say wait for the sales as it's the end of the season coming up. don't buy yet.

the brush that comes with the kit isnt for your board, its to clean the shavings out of the file...

yeah that's right. i saw it on dogfunk and backcountry 1st 2 listing and it didn't say so i assumed it was for the board. but i'm surprised with everything they give you and there's no brush for the board. strange. well there is the scotch bright pad but i guess whichever floats ur boat.
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  Quote derbytownjoe Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/17/2012 at 1:06pm
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Originally posted by lineskis

I am looking into purchasing the Dakine Super Tune Kit and was wondering if it is really worth the price. Also I am new to the skiing world and just bought my first set of skis so any assistance would be great.

it's not bad the only thing i'd say is that the brush that you'll be using in there is a bit small. imagine covering the entire surface of your ski or board. it'll be a pain. good kit to start with but get a bigger brush. i'd say wait for the sales as it's the end of the season coming up. don't buy yet.

the brush that comes with the kit isnt for your board, its to clean the shavings out of the file...
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  Quote oddmut Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/17/2012 at 8:08am
Originally posted by lineskis

I am looking into purchasing the Dakine Super Tune Kit and was wondering if it is really worth the price. Also I am new to the skiing world and just bought my first set of skis so any assistance would be great.

it's not bad the only thing i'd say is that the brush that you'll be using in there is a bit small. imagine covering the entire surface of your ski or board. it'll be a pain. good kit to start with but get a bigger brush. i'd say wait for the sales as it's the end of the season coming up. don't buy yet.
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  Quote MikeD13559 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/16/2012 at 8:44pm
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I bought some of this wax recently in bulk.  So far it works really well.  Holds up good to park riding witch is hard.  


That Hertel Super Hot Sauce is great stuff!!!  Esp at the bulk price! I got the 3/4 lb brick over a yr ago and still have a lot of it left, at least 75% of it.  and I do a good # of wax jobs on my boards and friends. A little goes a long way and it holds up well like not-ewrx stated.  It's non PTFE, non fluorocarbon and biodegradable.  Good and fast too!!!  I recommend it highly.
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I bought some of this wax recently in bulk.  So far it works really well.  Holds up good to park riding witch is hard.  
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I am looking into purchasing the Dakine Super Tune Kit and was wondering if it is really worth the price. Also I am new to the skiing world and just bought my first set of skis so any assistance would be great.
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  Quote MikeD13559 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/16/2012 at 6:45pm
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Where do you guys wax your boards at home?
I made the mistake of doing my first wax in the living room.
Wife was not happy lol.


I vacuum the wax shavings as I scrape so no wax gets on the kitchen floor.  I do a crayon on/ rub on move when I wax, so I don't have to scrape too much.  It really helps to minimize the scraping and the vacuuming Big smile
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I was my board in the living room, but we lay out newspapers on the floor to catch any wax that falls down.  LOL
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