You’ve had an awesome snowboarding or skiing season doing all sorts of snowboarding tips and tricks. But now your gear is showing signs of wear. Or perhaps it’s from last season and now you are prepping before heading out into the mountains.
Either way, there is a big gouge on the base of that snowboard or ski. It needs to be fixed for both speed and aesthetic reasons. If it’s too deep and the damage is too severe then it is a good idea to take them to the local tuning shop.
On the other hand, if you think you can handle the ski repair, then this basic ski and snowboard repair guide will teach you how. It is also awesome to learn the snowboarding terminology, Let’s begin!
The shallow gauges
It may be quite hard to fill those shallow and superficial gauges at the base of the ski or snowboard. This is often because the P-Tex has a hard time fitting. However, by minimizing the depth, the P-Tex can stick much better. You can do this by using a sharp metal scraper to remove the high spots. You can also use a single edge razor blade.
Then you need to apply hot wax on top of the area and the gauge should be well filled up. On the other hand, you may notice several scratches. In this case, the best way to get rid of them is by using a stone grind.
Before heading out to the slopes, always make sure that you know how to snowboard.
Medium depth gauges
If the ski has medium depth gauges that are 1mm deep or more, these can be fixed in several different ways. One way is to take P-Tex sticks and fill the area that has been damaged. However, while this may work, the high heat tends to change the character of P-Tex making it softer than the surrounding areas.
Also keep in mind that if you were to use a color that is different from black, this will make the soot from the heat to be more visible.
If you want to archive a much cleaner yet longer-lasting ski repair then go for a commercial P-Tex gun or even a base snowboard repair tool.
As you fix the area you will need to first ensure that it is free of any dust and debris. Make sure the P-Tex melts fully so that it fills the area nicely. Give the area half an hour to completely cool and then scrape off the excess with a scraper. You can also use a razor blade. Then lastly use a sharp metal scraper to even the area out.
A point to note is that whenever you are out in the mountains, always understand how to prevent avalanches to keep yourself safe.
Deep gauges and core shots
Sometimes the damage may be so severe that it gets to the core. Before you can address the base layer, you will need to fill up the core. This is crucial if you want to prevent the damage from spreading internally in the snowboard or ski. This also helps to prevent any water from getting into the core.
You can use a marine-grade waterproof epoxy to fill in the core. Note that to get it all in there you may find that it is necessary to cut the base even further.
After you have fixed the core, it’s time to fix the base. You will use a P-Tex. If the gauge is large which is very likely to be the case, you can cut out a larger piece of P-Tex in a geometric shape. Ensure that you cut out the shape of the P-Tex similar to that on the base of the ski or snowboard.
You will stick the P-Tex with epoxy instead of melting it in place with heat. Then clamp down with metal or wood to ensure even distribution. When you are applying the patch, the rough side should be down. Then let the epoxy harden and cure.
Note that the best epoxy to use is a slow curing one such as the marine epoxy that needs 24 hours. The hardware store variety which cures in around 5 minutes is not ideal.
After you remove the clamps you can wax the base of the ski or snowboard. Of course, you will need to do a bit of scraping so that the entire base is flush. This will be even more necessary when the skis have been tuned multiple times.
If you notice that the ski or snowboard base material is thinner than P-tex, it may require a bit of stone grinding. In this case, you can do it yourself or take it to a shop.
On the other hand, if you have core hits that are a bit narrow, then these can be fixed conventionally. This is where you will use the base gun and scraper.
Note also that the trick to remaining on the snowboard is to ensure that you have the best snowboard bindings.
Damage on the edges
Often serious base damage will extend to the edge. When the ski or snowboard hits a rock hard, the case hardens the edges with dents meaning that it gets much more difficult to use a metal file to smooth them out.
In this case, the best course of action is to use a diamond file or diamond stone to take out the burrs. Then you can begin to shape the edges. Note that while the diamond stones will not come cheap, they are the best at removing the burrs. They are also very light and can be carried up the steep slopes.
For the deep scratches on the edge, you can use an aggressive file for your snowboard repair.
Other times it is much harder to fix serious damages along the edge of the ski or snowboard. Often it will take you hours to fix this. It’s recommended that if this is the case you just take the snowboard or ski to a tune shape.
Also, after working on the edges, you must ensure that the base remains flat. Having some sections bent and others missing is an issue. However, these can often still be fixed. For the bent edges, you can simply use a vice while applying a bit of heat.
On the other hand, if there is a missing piece, you may need to cut out a section of the ski or snowboard and replacing it. You can use a screwed-on piece. If you are skilled, then it would be even harder to notice any difference.
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There is a lot of care and meticulousness that needs to go into repairing the skis or snowboards. It is advisable that if the damage is a bit too severe that you take it to the ski repair shop. Mostly, however, you will be able to handle yourself. Doing it the right way will have the snowboard or skis back in tip-top shape.
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