How To: Fixing Gouges Near The Edge Of A Snowboard
Learning how to fix gouges near the edge of a snowboard, or anywhere on the base for that matter is an important process in salvaging a snowboard long term. Gouges near the edges of a snowboard can blossom in to bigger problems. The old school thoughts of fixing gouges with wax are totally off base. Fixing gouges with wax only temporarily masks the problem and leaves it open for long-term damage. Fixing gouges can be approached two ways. One, you can take it to a repair shop and let them deal but I am guessing you are more interested in self-repairs. With that in mind, let’s take a look at an easy, inexpensive and sure fire way to fix gouges near the edges of a snowboard.
Things you will need to make this happen are:
- Snowboard tool or other scrapping device
- Base repair iron, repair pistol or soldering iron
- Nylon bristle brush (medium)
- Plug in and heat up the Base repair iron, repair pistol or soldering iron, ensuring proper placement and care as not to cause a fire or damage anything around it. While the tool heats up, place the snowboard on a flat surface near the tool. Make sure the snowboard will not easily slide around.
- Put on your gloves. With the scrapper or snowboard tool, scrap the area around the gouge. Your scrapper should be at a forty-five degree angle. Press hard either pulling towards you or push hard away from you. Use the nylon bristle brush and scrub the area. Using the towel brush away, any lose debris.
- The repair tool should be hot by now and ready to use. Pick up the P-tex, uncoil and hold near the end (similar to a pencil). Place the P-tex with the tip almost in the gouge. Take the tip of the tool (hot) and place it against the P-tex. Hold for a moment and the P-tex will begin to melt and drip (like candle wax).
- Over fill the gouge with P-tex. Set the tool down safely and wait a moment to allow the P-tex to settle. Next, with your scrapper, gently scrap either away or towards you. Do this until the surface appears smooth. Remove your glove and run a hand over the filled gouge. If it still feel indented repeat the P-tex process, if not proceed to waxing the base to seal in the finish.
- These repair tools are heat based and will be hot and are dangerous, please use with caution.