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How To Properly Wax & Maintain Your Snowboard

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:

  1. File Guide
  2. File
  3. Scraper
  4. Iron
  5. Snowboard Wax
  6. Scour Pad(s) - (Such as Scotchbrite)
  7. Tuning Vises

Shown above is everything you will need to take care of your board. With a small investment in basic tools you can get your board ready to ride.

Step 1: Edge

Run the fileguide the long way using smooth, long strokes. Get rid of any rust, uneven edges or gouges.

Your edges should be as clean as possible. Any rust or knicks will just slow you down on hill.

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.

If you think of waxing your board as if you were making a pizza, this would be the same as adding tomato sauce.
You want to make sure there is enough wax (or sauce) on the base.
Yup, thats the perfect amount of wax..... or sauce.

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.

Pro Tip: If the wax is smoking, the iron it too hot. Most irons needs to be around the medium setting.
Make small circles with your iron to ensure the wax is covering your board.
This step is completed once every inch of your base has wax on it.

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.

Remember to scrape from nose to tail.
FYI a dull scraper is going to make this step 10X harder.
The goal of this step is to take off the top layer of wax. If you used too much wax, you will be regretting it right about now.

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.

NOTE: Steel wool is not a replacement for a scour pad. If you have have steel wool in your hands during this step please stop for the safety of your board.
It will be painfully obvious which pad is the rougher one.
There should be a scour pad under your parents kitchen sink. No one remembers buying it, but everyone has it.

The final product should look something like this:

You did it! If you did everything right, your base should look like you just bought it.

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).