Wax on the snowboard..?
How do you put this special wax on your snowboard?.. do you have to go to a special place for all this?? the thing is- I'm getting a new snowboard and i really don't want it to get scratched cause its a really expensive one..so umm any ideas??
Well first of all the board is going to scratched because that is what they do. There are few opinions that you have for putting wax on your board for yourself. The first one would be to buy a waxing iron and use that to apply all the wax that you want. The next option would be to find a board shop that will put on the wax that you want to use. I use an iron personally so that I can do it more often and the only cost is the wax after you buy the iron and I can easily put on different types of waxes for different days. Talk to the people at the shop where you are getting your board and they should be able to help.
You buy some snowboard wax and apply as directed. Basically the wax lasts shorter or longer based on how hard it is to apply. So the longest lasting wax is the iron on kind. You can buy it yourself and use an old iron to apply it. They make special irons specifically for applying wax for snowboards which are better because they are made specifically for snowboards and have the right temp.
Basically you melt some on the board and iron it out until it is applied to the entire bottom of the board. Make sure not to let the iron sit on one spot for too long or you can cause delamination of the board. Once the entire board is covered with wax, let it cool. Then use a scrapper to remove the excess and lumps and make it a smooth surface. A "hot wax" like this usually lasts 10 days on the mountain depending on conditions. You can tell if your board needs more wax by looking at the bottom. If any of it looks white and dry it needs more wax.
yoyo yo your board will get scratched, the only way to preserve it is not to ride it but f that. so about every 6 uses got to the shop and have it waxed professionally.
You could do it yourself or get it done professionally. To get it done professionally, you just take it into a boardshop, give them around 10 bucks and they'll wax it.
If you do it yourself you need a iron (an old clothing iron will work, but sooner or later, you need a special wax iron- $free-40), a wax scraper-$5-10, a scotchbrite pad- $3 or less, and a bar of wax-$2-7, which should last two or three waxes. You start by propping up the board on something, so the bottom is facing up and is level. You turn the iron on to a setting that will melt the wax, but not make it smoke. Then you touch the wax until it starts to melt. Then you remove it and 'crayon' it on by rubbing the melted end of the bar on the board. You repeat this until the whole board is covered with a thin layer of wax. Next, you put the iron directly on the board and move it around until all the wax on the board is liquid again. NEVER leave the iron in one spot, you don't wanna burn the base of it. Immediately after you've re-liquefied all the wax, give it just enough time to not harden, then use the wax scarper to scrape it off the board. All of it. Yeah, I you're probably like 'why was I supposed to put it on in the first place then?!' or something, but believe me you want to remove all that you possibly can. The bases of snowboards are made of petex, a porous material. When you wax, the pores absorb wax, and what they absorb is all you need, any excess wax will just slow you down. When you've got all the wax you can get off, buff the snowboard with the scotchbrite to make it smooth and shiny.
A professional waxing should last you around 10 days of riding, a self-wax about 5 or 7. You know you need to wax when you're snowboard starts getting white spots and it looks all dried out.
You can also use 'quickwaxes', which apply quickly to the board and don't last as long. A good example of this is paste wax, which works very well for about three runs, bu then you need to reapply it.
As far as the scratch thing goes, they happen. Scratches don't affect a snowboards performance one bit, unless they're REALLY deep. They're just cosmetic. In fact they're not even really cosmetic, you can't normally see scratches on a persons board unless you're looking for them anyway, so relax and use you're snowboard for what it's meant for-snowboarding, and forget the scratches- they come with normal use.
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Sorry to inform you but your board is going to get scratched. It's inevitable. Waxing is not going to prevent this at all. Wax is a very very thin layer that makes it easier to ride. It reduces friction between your board and the Mt.
Get your waxing done by a pro, don't do it yourself, you could screw up your board and burn the bottom or something unfortunate like that.
Most scratches can be taken care of with a base grind and if it's really serious some petex (need to have a pro do that for you).
Scratches are not going to impair your ability, it's major edge damage that will. So if you ride rails a lot, play 'sparky' while you're grinding.
Anyway if you're a serious rider, you're probably out there everyday so expect to pick up a new board every year or so. Also you'll probably get a lot of cosmetic damage (scratches on the top sheet) but once again nothing to worry about.
good luck with it.
your snowboard will eventually get scratched....and i don't think it's 'special' wax.....you just iron it on your snowboard...can't be that hard......
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