Proper Snowboard Maintenance

Proper Snowboard Maintenance



if​ you've just gotten into snowboarding, there are certain​ things that change as​ soon​ as​ you​ buy your​ own gear. One of​ the most important things to​ remember is​ that upkeep and​ maintenance are vital to​ the well being of​ your​ gear and​ its performance out there on​ the mountain. you​ want to​ make sure that at​ all times you​ give your​ gear the attention​ it​ deserves. if​ not you​ will be looking at​ buying a​ brand​ new set in​ no time, and​ it's not an​ inexpensive proposition​ to​ replace gear annually.

Cleaning your​ Board

The easiest and​ first thing you​ should do with your​ gear is​ to​ keep your​ board clean. Every time you​ return from the mountain​ make sure you​ clean you​ give it​ a​ quick clean down. While it's at​ times acceptable to​ leave your​ board dirty between outings during the midst of​ boarding season, you​ should never store your​ board dirty. if​ you​ won't be going back up the mountain​ again​ for​ a​ few weeks or​ the season​ is​ winding down, you​ should take the time to​ ensure a​ full cleaning.

Citrus based cleaning solvents can be found in​ most board shops, though common​ household cleaners without any corrosive chemicals can be used as​ well. Citrus cleaners are good for​ this​ type of​ cleaning because they remove the dirt as​ a​ cleaning solvent and​ dissolve much of​ the excess wax residue left from the season. You'll want to​ prime it​ for​ the next waxing, so ensure you​ have it​ nice and​ clean before putting your​ board away.

Repairs

After cleaning the excess wax off of​ the board, it's time to​ see to​ any repairs that might have come to​ your​ attention​ over the season, small things you​ haven't gotten to​ yet. Check your​ edges for​ any dull or​ burred surfaces in​ need of​ filing. Likewise, check the base for​ any damage. you​ should have a​ basic kit to​ repair small bits of​ damage quickly such as​ a​ p-tex candle. However, if​ your​ damage is​ too substantial to​ fix yourself or​ you​ just don't feel comfortable fixing it​ yourself, you​ should take your​ board to​ a​ pro-shop and​ have them see to​ the damage.

Waxing

When you've finally cleaned and​ repaired your​ board back to​ good, working condition, it's time for​ a​ nice hot waxing. to​ do it​ on​ your​ own, you'll only need a​ scraper, an​ iron, and​ wax. There are specialty snowboarding irons available that are probably better choices than household irons, but those household items will still get the job done. You'll basically apply the wax generously to​ the base and​ edges of​ your​ board with the iron. Make sure to​ keep it​ as​ even as​ possible and​ scrape away any excess when you're done.

Professional Help

if​ all of​ that work sounds a​ little too daunting for​ you, there are plenty of​ stores that will do it​ for​ you. The repairs might be costly, but a​ waxing generally only costs about $20. They have all the materials and​ equipment ready to​ do it​ quickly and​ efficiently without you​ worrying about an​ even wax.

if​ you​ take the right amount of​ time every year to​ maintain​ your​ board, you​ can ensure that your​ snowboarding gear lasts you​ for​ years. It's a​ pricey sport to​ get started in, but good maintenance can go a​ long way towards minimizing future cost.




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