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|Your Snowboard Tuning Guide in 4 Major Steps|
|All Basic Snowboard Maintenance, Repair and Tuning can be done at home with the right tools and some practice. However, if your board has taken serious damage like deep gouges in your base, you´re better off leaving the repair to the professionals by bringing it to a Snowboard Shop not a Skate shop that just sells boards. Remember if your ever have any doubt its better to ask or just have your board tuned professionally.|
Step 1. Checking the Base |
The base of your Snowboard should be totally flat. If your edges are higher than your base, then your base is convex. On the other hand, if the edges are lower than your base, then your base is concave. You can easily check the rounding of your base by placing a ruler or flat object against your Snowboard and checking if there´s light coming through the front view of your base. If your base is not flat then it needs to be ground at your local snowboard shop to be fixed,You should not try to fix it yourself this just spells DISASTER.
Step 2: Repairing and sharping your edges |
A Snowboard with sharp edges will help you in turns and will improve your general grip and edge control in Different Types of snow. As you ride the edges will start to wear off and become dull and burred. Maintenance on your edges is easy as long as you do it on a regular basis and keep your board from getting in to bad of shape.
Each Board has two edges: The base and side edge.
Keeping your edges in good condition is as easy as following these steps and having the right tools.
Tuning Edges is best done with a file. Start off with the base edge of the Snowboard. Still, take care with filing. Make sure not to file the base of the board and only file as little as needed. Make long smooth strokes until you get a consistent edge.
After filing the base, you can file the side edges. Special edge files will make it easier to determine the angle that you are filing in. Pull the edger smoothly towards you the full length of the board until you get a consistent edge cut.When it comes to tuning your edges you have a couple of options:
1. Most boards come from the factory with a 1-2 degree base and 88-90 degree side edge.
2. To decide which is best for you figure out what type of riding you mainly do and use this chart.
Remember the higher degree base bevel the looser the board will feel looser but the edge hold wont be as great. The higher degree the side edge bevel the sharper the edge and the board will hook up better. If your not sure what you want or what your doing dont forget you can just take it to a shop professional.
After filing next use your diamond stone and make full length passes smoothing out the ruff cuts from the file doing the same on the base and side edge. The goal is to get the edge as smooth and consistent as possible.
Next use a gummi or ceramic stone if availible and give the edge a final polish, again using smooth long strokes giving the edge a good consistancy.
Step 3: Base Maintainance |
1.Wipe off all the dirt of the surface with a cloth.
2.Apply base cleaner to the base of your Snowboard. Special Snowboard base cleaner will dissolve the wax and bring all kinds of impurities to the surface.
3.Let the cleaner evaporate for about 15 minutes and wipe the surface again
If you have small gouges in your Snowboard surface you can repair those using a P-Tex candle.
1. Slowly heat up the p-tex candle over a candle until the tip starts to turn clear and catch on fire.The goal is to keep the flame blue and not let the P-tex turn black.
2. Let the P-tex drip in to the gouges keeping the flame blue and not letting the p-tex turn black.( this takes practice so be ready)
Step 4:Waxing & Polish |
There are several different ways to Wax your Snowboard. The best way is to just take it to the shop and not deal with it. But, if you prefer to do it yourself here are the steps. There are different waxes for different snow temperatures but they also make a universal which performs well in all conditions and usually keeps everyone happy.
Applying the Wax
Hold the wax bar against the hot iron and let the wax drip on the Snowboard. Set the iron on a heat that will cause the wax to melt, not to start smoking. Here we are using a specific iron with no holes a fixed setting that works perfect for hot waxing.
Spread out the Wax
Once you have dripped some wax on the board smooth it out with your iron. Apply a thin layer to the entire base of your Snowboard.DO NOT OVERHEAT THE BOARD DAMAGE CAN OCCUR.Allow the wax and board to cool off and soak into the base.
Remove excess Wax and Smoothen
Use a Plexiglas or plastic scraper to remove the excess wax.
After Removing Polish the Base |
Now polish your base with an abrasive pad to smoothen out the surface.