It may be the end of the ski season but now is the perfect time to fix those dings, sharpen those edges and touch up that base so your board is raring to go come next winter's first snowfall. We asked our in-house expert snowbaord technician Pete for a couple of easy pointers that you can try out at home to keep your equipment in top condition.
How to Wax a Snowboard for Storage
This prevents rust forming on edges and protects the base.
Put your iron on a low heat (ensuring the wax does not smoke when it touches the iron heat plate). Press the wax against the iron base about three inches away from the base and place drops of wax every two or three inches apart over a third of the base.
Push the iron along the surface of the base (it is very important to always keep the iron moving along the base to prevent burning the board) making sure to spread the wax over the base edges. Repeat this for the next two thirds of the base and then let it rest for five minutes.
Boom, your snowboard has a solid storage wax and will be in excellent condition when winter comes around!
Performing Top Sheet and (small) Sidewall Repairs
These stop water rotting the wood core of your snowboard, which will slow you down and affect all-round performance.
- 20 minutes (plus three hours drying time for express glue, 24 for normal)
A common problem resulting in loss of snowboard performance is water seeping into the wood core through little cracks and chip on the sidewall and top sheet. The water rots the wood causing it to lose its stiffness (speed) and flex (pop).
To prevent this let your snowboard dry out in your house for a few days to get rid of any water left in it and visit your local DIY shop to purchase some Epoxy-resin (Araldite or any brand will do). Mix up the two pastes on a piece of scrap card and apply this to any crack or chips on your ski. Don't worry about being liberal with the glue, however try to avoid getting it on your edges.
Let the glue set and now your snowboard is fully waterproof again! If you do get any glue on the edges and it has dried, get a sharp knife or metal scraper and gently scrape the glue from the edges. For any large chips or if the base is coming away from the bottom of the edge (de-lamination) bring your board into any TSA shop and our friendly Technicians can fix it up using professional equipment for longer lasting repairs.
5 Tips for Summer Snowboard Storage
- Make sure to wipe down any water from your snowboard after you come off the slopes or dome with an old cloth or towel. This will stop rust building up along your edges.
- Store your snowboard in a temperate, dry place such as at the back of a wardrobe or under the bed rather than in the loft or garage. This helps to prevent rust on your edges and damp getting into the wood core (damaging performance).
- Apply a medium to thick layer of wax over your snowboard (a storage wax), ensuring you cover the base edges. This will protect the base and help to stop rust build-up.
- Unscrew and remove your snowboarding bindings before you store it away for the summer. This will help to maintain the camber (Bend) of your board for better turns.
- Tie your laces on your boots when not in use, as this will help maintain their shape - keeping them comfy and responsive.
Not got the time for DIY servicing? Storage wax, epoxy-resin repairs and a whole host of other services are available from our workshop all year long.
If you want any further advice, feel free to pop into any one of our stores and chat with our expert staff.