It doesn't matter if you are a Burton Global Team rider or a weekend warrior, you need to take care of your board.
Keeping your board in good shape will give you less resistant on snow and keep your board protected. You should tune your board after every three uses and at the beginning and end of every season. Here are the steps we recommend, all of which, with the right tools, you can do at home in about 35 minutes.
You will need:
Step 1: Edge
Run the fileguide the long way using smooth, long strokes. Get rid of any rust, uneven edges or gouges.
Step 2 (optional): Detune
Detuning is mostly rider preference, but the more you de-tune your edges, the less catchy they’ll be. Slide the file from the widest point out to the tip and tail.
Step 3: Wax
Heat your iron warm enough to melt the wax, but not too much so that the wax smokes. Drip the wax down in evenly spaced lines, covering most of the base. You don’t need to overdo the wax; you’ll just have to scrape it off later. After it’s applied, let the wax cool, about ten minutes.
Step 4: Rub In
Once the wax is evenly dripped onto your base, take the iron and melt the wax evenly on the base. This step ensures wax is covering the entire base of your board.
Step 5: Scrape
Use the scraper to remove any excess wax. Hold the scraper out, press down firmly, and push in long motions down the board. Don’t remove all the wax, but leave a thin, even layer.
Step 6: Buff
Finish off with a scour pad, such as Scotchbrite. Start with a rougher pad, and finish off with a smoother pad. Remove any bumps or irregularities, and make it smooth.
That’s it! You’re ready to rip.
The final product should look something like this:
For more info about prepping your gear this winter, check in at your nearest Burton flagship store or give our Burton Guides a call at 1-800-881-3138 (US & Canada).