Resurfacing a snowboard?
i have an old snowboard that i bought at a thrift shop for $10. it has several ridges on the bottom, im guessing they are for stability. i want to try and fix this up the cheap way (since i can afford a new board, and i dont use it enough to justify spending $300+ on a new one) what i was thinking of doing was using a belt sander to grind down the ridges somewhat- not all the way- and then spraying the bottom with a couple layers of auto clearcoat and coating it with wax after that. will this work?
if you are going to really use it, get a new one..
No, it will not work.
When you say ridges, are these built into the base or is it damage caused by impact? Is the base p-tex or is it plactic? Does the board have metal edges? From what you have described I'm going to say that you haven't bought a snowboard, you bought a toy board for little kids. Is it a Blacksnow? If it doesn't have metal edges you won't even be allowed to ride it at a ski resort (they won't let you). In the ski and snowboard world the phrase "you get what you pay for" is quite valid. Check out ebay or some good snowboard shops for good deals on used equipment. You don't have to spend a ton of money but if you're seriously thinking about getting into the sport you will want...no, you will need some half way decent equipment.
EDIT: I am giving you a serious answer when I say that this isn't a snowboard, it's a toy. I'm not trying to offend you I'm just giving you my honest opinion. A real snowboard will have metal edges and a p-tex base at the very least.
If you are getting this for backyard/golf course action than it'll be fine. But the lack of metal edges will make it difficult, if not impossible, to turn properly and you will not be allowed on the lifts at a ski resort with it.
Been snowboarding for twenty years
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You bought it for 10 bucks, it doesn't sound like it will harm anything... The board is fine if you're going to your local golf course/sledding hill to enjoy the snow. You have to try it out before getting seriously into the sport. But you won't be able to take that board to a resort... They require metal edges.
You might wanna look up some boards on E-bay, You could probably find a snowboarding package from people selling their old boards when they get new ones for Christmas. If you could pick up one for cheap go for it.
doing that too the bottom of your board will seriously damage it i would suggest going on ebay and getting a newer board
it doesn't have to be expensive
plus if there is noo edge on it isn't a real board you have a toy
seriously just spend a wee bit more and you can get a half way decent board
As folks have said there is no way you be allowed on a lift with that board but it sounds like you're just looking for something to kick around the back yard with in which case it's probably fine.
I would seriously reconsider grinding down the edges though. They were probably put there for a reason. Since you have no metal edges, the ridges are probably the only thing that keeps your board going straight down the hill. Without them, the board may spin and be uncontrollable and unrideable.
As for clearcoating the bottom, I don't think that's a good idea. The finish probably won't last very long and since clearcoat scratches easily it may actually slow you down in the end. I would just go over it with some sandpaper (or a sander) and smooth out all the rough spots and burrs on the bottom. Waxing it may help, but again, I'm not sure the wax will stick to the plastic for very long. Real snowboards have a p-tex base that actually absorbs molten wax.
Plus given the size of the hills you are likely to take I'm not sure the wax will really give you much in the way of speed. My advice is just to use it as is and have fun. You'll still have a good time. And when you're ready to hit the mountain, go to e-bay or your local board shop and see if you can pick up a used rental board. Good luck.
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