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matty
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22/10/2018 1:40 am  

I ordered a brick. Thanks for the heads up!


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22/10/2018 7:15 am  

Copped some wax too. Going to be going so fukkn'faaaaasstttt

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22/10/2018 6:22 pm  

Since the my and the GF quiver is growing Im thinking about waxing and tuning my self instead of taking the boards to the local shop.

What tools and things do I need to get?

Is the Hertel worth the $20 shipping cost to Sweden or should I buy something else?

180cm (5'11") I 102kg (222lbs) I 265MP (8,5US)
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22/10/2018 7:04 pm  

Doing it yourself is super easy, convenient, and cheaper. It’s like changing your own engine oil, but easier. All you NEED is wax, iron, and scraper. Most irons are the same - it should just be one specifically made for skis/boards. I prefer a metal scraper as they continue to work well for a long time, and you won’t hurt your base unless you do something that doesn’t make sense in the first place. Plastic scrapers work well for a while, but need to be cleaned/sharpened after not too long.

You can also use a brush (I prefer brass bristles) but it is not necessary for a normal rider. I also like to use a scotch pad (flat, abrasive kitchen scrubber) at the end after scraping and brushing. This could also be the regular guy’s “brush” if you want to keep it simple and very cheap.

I use my brush/scotch pad after scraping to clear the rest of the “excess” wax, and to bring out a little more of the base structure.

Hertels - it’s worth it if you’re getting a bulk amount. It’s a great wax, and I like to use it each time, but it’s honestly no better than any other good wax for a normal rider, assuming you use the appropriate temperature.

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23/10/2018 12:20 am  

For a "proper" wax job -and assuming you want to invest in equipment- you need:

Wax Iron (digital is nice)

Brass, nylon, horsehair brushes

Plexi scrapper.

Wax. (i prefer Swix)

Can be done cheaper but this is IMO the proper toolkit for waxjobs.


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23/10/2018 5:02 am  
Posted by: 89c51

For a "proper" wax job -and assuming you want to invest in equipment- you need:

Wax Iron (digital is nice)

Brass, nylon, horsehair brushes

Plexi scrapper.

Wax. (i prefer Swix)

Can be done cheaper but this is IMO the proper toolkit for waxjobs.

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23/10/2018 5:10 am  
Posted by: MarkusM
Posted by: 89c51

For a "proper" wax job -and assuming you want to invest in equipment- you need:

Wax Iron (digital is nice)

Brass, nylon, horsehair brushes

Plexi scrapper.

Wax. (i prefer Swix)

Can be done cheaper but this is IMO the proper toolkit for waxjobs.

Nerd

Agreed

Unless you are racing or in perfect conditions

Wax, half ass scrape, go ride

should take less than 10 mins

 


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23/10/2018 5:17 am  

You know who really takes their waxing and tuneups seriously eh?

 


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23/10/2018 5:34 am  

These kossymix guys advertise their wax as "snowsurf wax" which is one of the most idiotic things i stumble upon in Snowboarding.


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23/10/2018 6:48 am  

Thanx a lot guys for the info and how about those edges? Since I sometimes ride hardpack, crust and ice(from "regular to bulletproof blue) I want them edges to be sharp but maybe just need a basic kit like the waxing one.

Just loved the hole old school feel of the Hertel but @spenser you're probably right about just getting something there instead.

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23/10/2018 7:15 am  

i wax like every 2nd time i go ride but i barely scrape. =P

and for edge tuning i just keep them smoothish with a gummy stone. by the time they are dull its slush season so i dont care '=P


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23/10/2018 7:27 am  

It is generally advised to touch them as little as possible. A couple of passes with a double sided stone -before waxing and only if needed- is fine for removing burrs and rust spots and keeping them "sharp". No special tool needed.

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23/10/2018 7:45 am  
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Thanx a lot guys for the info and how about those edges? Since I sometimes ride hardpack, crust and ice(from "regular to bulletproof blue) I want them edges to be sharp but maybe just need a basic kit like the waxing one.

Just loved the hole old school feel of the Hertel but @spenser you're probably right about just getting something there instead.

With the sale they have going on, $20 shipping is nothing. Just get yourself two bricks - one hotsauce and one FC and that will keep you stocked for two years (or more).

All you need to wax for regular riding is:

iron, scraper, scotchbrite pad from the hardware store. Or, if you use wax paper, you can probably skip the scraper if it's a smooth finish.


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23/10/2018 8:58 am  

Tuning and waxing a board is one of those things that can be done cheap and easy and takes virtually nothing special to do, but eventually you're jerking off the the tognar catalog, your wax station looks like a F1 garage bay for snowboards, and you're up until 2am reading detailed plans about building a hotbox to get perfectly even heated ptex base to open up all the pores and get maximum wax penetration.

Oh the lost hours rabbitholing into layering, structuring, and secret formulas of graphite and fluoride impregnated waxes. Meanwhile there are plenty of guys still using parafin bricks from the grocery, a thrift store iron, a putty knife scraper, and scotch pads. 

I have a fancy swix iron, and I use it. But I secretly prefer this ancient travel iron I got from the thrift store years before I got the fancy one. 

 

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23/10/2018 9:10 am  

Scrape the wax off.

Here, this guy does a good job explaining how wax and p-tex and snow works:


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