About Snowboard Tuning Supplies
- Waxing is the most basic tune and also the one you'll want to perform most often. A good wax will ensure a slick snowboard that will provide the best speed. Base cleaner and a cleaning pad or rag are needed to clean off old wax and dirt. Next you'll need a bar of wax. Wax comes in several different types distinguished by temperature ratings. Consider the typical temperatures of the mountains you ride when choosing a wax. All-temperature wax is another option. You'll also need an iron. You can purchase a specific waxing iron or use an old household iron that you don't intend to use for clothes anymore. If you go with the household iron, be careful with the heat settings to prevent overheating your snowboard. Start on a lower setting and raise as necessary. A plastic scraper is used to scrape off excess wax. Finally, a wire brush is used to finish off the wax job. For a quick wax, consider rub-on or spray-on options that don't require the full process. This is a good option for waxing on ski trips where you don't have your full kit.
- Edge maintenance is another tune that you'll want to perform regularly. You want to keep your edges sharp and smooth to provide the best carving response. Definitely keep them sharp if conditions are icy, as dull edges will slide out from under you. Edge maintenance tools can be put into two categories: tuning/deburring, for smoothing out the nicks, and edge sharpening. For the first you'll need a deburring stone and a gummy stone. For the latter you'll need a chrome file or edge tool. To make setting the bevel easier with a file, use a file guide.
- In addition to the aforementioned basic tunes you may also find it necessary to repair some base damage. If you get scratches into the p-tex you'll want to repair before proceeding with waxing. Bear in mind, there are two types of bases: sintered and extruded, indicating the process used in manufacturing the p-tex. Different types of repair p-tex are available for each type of base. Choose a standard p-tex candle for repairing an extruded base. You'll also need a candle or lighter to melt it down and a metal scraper to remove excess p-tex. For a harder sintered base you'll want to use a harder repair p-tex like a ribbon. Be aware that the repair will not be sintered as all repair p-tex is extruded. However, since a scratch will be a small section of the base it shouldn't impact performance. To work with harder p-tex you'll want a p-tex gun or iron and may also need something sharper than a metal scraper like a plane.
- To make snowboard tuning easier a workbench with a set of snowboard vices will provide an easy workstation. If you lack such conveniences, a surface like a table or bench can be used.
- Basic tuning supplies are easy to find. Any snowboard shop should be able to set you up. Online snowboard retailers and large outdoor retailers like REI and Backcountry also sell tuning supplies. Tuning supplies can be purchased separately or in inclusive kits that include a variety of the tools you'll need. Smaller travel kits are also available. Dakine and Burton are two leading names in snowboard tools.