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Old 01.12.2010, 23:57
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Snowboard Wax

Now that I have my first snowboard (thanks to Shane), I need to make sure I keep it maintained and waxed. I am here until July and don't know if buying everything to wax the board myself is the best idea. It's a bit pricey right? When I picked it up from having the edges sharpened the guy in the shop told me I can take it somewhere to have it waxed by a machine for about 10 CHF. Does anyone know where there is a place that does this in Lausanne? Would it just be best if I bought everything and did it myself?

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Re: Snowboard Wax

If you're planning on boarding every season then you could buy your own tools to wax it yourself, you'll save money in the long run. I recently did just that and spent around 100CHF on everything.

You'll need an iron (I bought an old skool clothes iron from a flea market), wax scraper, wax, brush and some liquid spray cleaner. I got all of that from Oschner Sport.

Otherwise I'm not sure where to take it to get it done in Lausanne. I'm assuming there are ski shops in the city?
You could just get it waxed at a resort if you can't find any.
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Old 15.12.2010, 17:24
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If you're planning on boarding every season then you could buy your own tools to wax it yourself, you'll save money in the long run. I recently did just that and spent around 100CHF on everything.

You'll need an iron (I bought an old skool clothes iron from a flea market), wax scraper, wax, brush and some liquid spray cleaner. I got all of that from Oschner Sport.

Otherwise I'm not sure where to take it to get it done in Lausanne. I'm assuming there are ski shops in the city?
You could just get it waxed at a resort if you can't find any.
Do you do at home sharpening as well?

I need to get more routine at sharpening, but I'm guessing this might be a better job for the pros
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Re: Snowboard Wax

It is a matter of having time to do it yourself, and wanting to mess around with it.
When I do day trips, often I bring the board to a shop Saturday after boarding and then pick it up on the way up on Sunday. Right at the piste (there are usually shops around all of the larger resorts)
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Do you do at home sharpening as well?

I need to get more routine at sharpening, but I'm guessing this might be a better job for the pros
I thought about it but then decided against it. There's probably a big chance of screwing up the edges if you're a novice.
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I thought about it but then decided against it. There's probably a big chance of screwing up the edges if you're a novice.

Hard to mess up unless you put all your muscle behind it. Most sharpeners come in a block style with degree settings. Start at 0 degree and run it down the edges a few times with light pressure. (in the same direction of skiing) Do not try to get them razor sharp unless your competing in W.C races and you have a truck full of free skis. Mostly just try to smooth out the burrs is all you really need.
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Since the title says Snowboard wax I will say the best wax I have ever used is One Ball Jay 4WD. Hard to find in CH, so I use Toko which really is just as good but not as cool.
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Now that I have my first snowboard (thanks to Shane), I need to make sure I keep it maintained and waxed. I am here until July and don't know if buying everything to wax the board myself is the best idea. It's a bit pricey right? When I picked it up from having the edges sharpened the guy in the shop told me I can take it somewhere to have it waxed by a machine for about 10 CHF. Does anyone know where there is a place that does this in Lausanne? Would it just be best if I bought everything and did it myself?

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go a buy some yellow wax at a shop and an old iron. Thats all you need.
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go a buy some yellow wax at a shop and an old iron. Thats all you need.
For the first time, I recently bought a proper Toko waxing iron. All these years I've been using an old philips travel iron. Was fine on old narrow skis, but gets too cold about half way down my 122s and takes ages to heat back up It's difficult to find a domestic iron these days that has a flat sole - mostly they've got holes for steam, which I always imagine would get quite messy if used for waxing.
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For the first time, I recently bought a proper Toko waxing iron. All these years I've been using an old philips travel iron. Was fine on old narrow skis, but gets too cold about half way down my 122s and takes ages to heat back up It's difficult to find a domestic iron these days that has a flat sole - mostly they've got holes for steam, which I always imagine would get quite messy if used for waxing.
Don't get me wrong Ace, im like you and have a specific iron for waxing aswell as all the other stuff we don't really need but Im sure you will agree, unless your on your board or skis everyday and willing to spend some good money on the right service gear then and old iron, without holes, and yellow wax is the way to go.
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Don't get me wrong Ace, im like you and have a specific iron for waxing as well as all the other stuff we don't really need but Im sure you will agree, unless your on your board or skis everyday and willing to spend some good money on the right service gear then and old iron, without holes, and yellow wax is the way to go.
Was I disagreeing?

Quite the opposite - my old phillips one has done sterling service for years. I only got the Toko one as it was on offer in Otto's for around 50 francs last month. Well, that and the frayed cord on the old one - so old that it's not even a plastic covered lead - must have had it since about 1980.
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Re: Snowboard Wax

How does the old saying go?

If it's not broken don't fix it.....

Id like to know how many kilos of wax that old iron melted during it's time.
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Re: Snowboard Wax

I got the full kit on Ricardo recently for chf100,a super one off deal, I was looking at the kit in the shops & I reckon I got about chf 300 worth of tuning gear for 99,delighted.

You will also need a scraper as well as the iron & wax. I recently did 2 snowboard in about 30 minutes & was quite pleased with the results. It is worth it if you spend a lot of time on the slopes but maybe not worth it if you spend less time & you leave in the next few in the.
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