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How to Refinish the Bottom of a Snowboard

author image Dan Howard
Dan Howard is a sports and fitness aficionado who holds a master's degree in psychology. Howard's postgraduate research on the brain and learning has appeared in several academic books and peer-reviewed psychology journals.
How to Refinish the Bottom of a Snowboard
Encountering rocks and other hard surfaces can result in holes in your snowboard. Photo Credit: Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images

The bottom surface of a snowboard is just about the only thing that stands between a glorious ride down the mountain on your board and an inglorious ride down the slope on your behind. Snowboard bottoms are made from a durable type of low-friction polyurethane called P-Tex, which is covered with a slick wax surface. Although P-Tex is relatively strong, your board will still suffer dings and gouges over time. Refinishing your board is a fairly intense two-step process that requires patching any holes in the P-Tex and then covering the surface with a new layer of snowboard wax.

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Repair Gouges

Step 1

Secure your snowboard in place with a vise.

Step 2

Trim away any loose material or excess wax along the edge of the gouge with a razor blade.

Step 3

Clean the gouge area with rubbing alcohol or with specialized snowboard base cleaner.

Step 4

Allow the base cleaner to dry completely before proceeding. This typically takes 20 to 60 minutes.

Step 5

Light one side of the P-Tex repair candle with a butane lighter or propane.

Step 6

Remove any black flakes of carbon that appear at the tip of the candle by allowing them to drip onto a metal scraper or other surface.

Step 7

Hold your P-Tex candle to the surface of the board so that the molten P-Tex fills in the gouged area. Fill the gouge so that it overflows slightly, as the P-Tex will shrink as it cools off.

Step 8

Wait 15 minutes for the P-Tex to cool.

Step 9

Scrape away any excess P-Tex with a sharpened metal scraper.

Step 10

Sand the surface with medium grade sandpaper. Once the base of the board is relatively flat, you're ready to apply a coat of wax to the board.

Wax the Board

Step 1

Place your snowboard face-down on a tarp, sheet or other surface that you don't mind spilling excess wax on.

Step 2

Hold a bar of snowboard wax against a hot iron set to medium heat.

Step 3

Drip the melting wax onto the surface of the snowboard. Apply a thin layer of wax evenly across the bottom of the board.

Step 4

Scrape any excess wax away using a plastic scraper.

Step 5

Polish the bottom of the board with a scouring pad until the surface is even and smooth.

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