How to Repair a Snowboard

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How to Repair a Snowboard

A good snowboard is key to an exciting day on the slopes. If a snowboard is cracked or dented, however, it can no longer slide along the snow smoothly. This results in a disappointing ride at best and severe injuries at worst. Fortunately, the parts of the snowboard that are most likely expeirence damage are also the same parts that are most easily repaired by a non-professional. If you learn to repair these parts yourself, you can save both time and money. The first step is learning the parts of a snowboard and the ways in which they break.

Primary Components of a Snowboard

The primary parts of a snowboard are the core, base, topsheet, edges, nose, and tail. Manufacturers and expert riders may further divide these to describe their function, but for the purposes of repair, you can focus almost exclusively on the major structural categories.

Part

Function

Common Issues

Core

Basic strength and structure of the board

Weakens after extended use

Base

Provides a smooth surface that glides along the surface of the snow

Scratches, dents, and gouges from rocks and other debris

Topsheet

A smooth upper layer for rider safety

Scratches such as those on the base

Edges

Grips the snow for effective stopping and turning

Cracks and splits

Nose (also called the tip)

Angles upward to keep the board from sticking in the snow

Cracks and missing pieces from hitting hard objects

Tail

Assists in turning and stability

Cracks

Knowing what part of the board is damaged helps you to determine the repairs that you need to perform. The most common at-home repairs involve fixing cracks in the nose, tail, or edges, or smoothing scratches in the topcoat.

How to Fix Cracks in a Snowboard

When a part of the snowboard is cracked, you can put it back in one piece using an easy method that involvesglue and C-clamps. This works for edges as well as nose and tail.

Clean and Dry the Area

Before applying any glue, be sure that the area is free of dust and dirt. A damp cloth does the job well. Allow the board to fully dry before continuing with the repairs, or water may enter the core and adversely affect its shape.

Re-form the Board

If the cracks have caused any dents, or vice versa, you can use ahammer and chisel to re-shape the board's line. A board's shape plays a key part in its effectiveness, and you want to glue it back into a smooth line. Dents and misshapen pieces, once glued, are likely to stay that way and ruin the board's line. If the crack or dent is in the board's edge, you may need to make space for glue. In this case, use finishing nails to keep enough of a gap for the glue.

Mix and Spread Epoxy Glue

Buy a package of epoxy glue and follow the directions on the package to mix it; different brands have different mix instructions. If the glue is hard, introduce heat to make it soft enough to spread. Then, place the glue inside the crack and introduce more heat to help it spread throughout the gap. A hair dryer tends to work well for this step, because you can adjust the heat so that it does not melt the board's construction.

Clamp the Pieces Together

Place the edges of the gap inside a C-clamp and tighten the clamp, only far enough that the glue can attach to both sides of the break. Do the same with several more C-clamps, placed strategically across the gap so that the two surfaces fully touch. Leave the clamps in place for a few days, then remove them and wax the area for smoothness.

How to Fix a Scratched Base or Topsheet

A surface scratch is a simple and less involved issue to fix. Assuming the scratch does not reach the edge, where it can cause splits or dents, you can resolve the problem simply with a P-Tex polyethylene repair candle. Clean the area first by removing any extra wax or debris, and then use a base cleaner to clean out the scratch. Then, light the P-tex candle and remove any carbon flakes. Hold the candle above the gap so it drips into the scratch as it melts. Let it cool, and then remove any extra material with a metal scraper. Sand the surface down if necessary, then wax.

How to Buy Snowboard Repair Materials on eBay

Whether you are fixing an edge, tip, or topsheet, you can find the materials that you need on eBay. Simply visit any page within the site and enter the type of material you need. For a more detailed description of each item, click on the product's photo or name to visit its individual page. There, you can review product specifications as well as price, shipping information, and return policy. Be sure also to check the seller's feedback ratings, which tell you of the experiences that other buyers have had with a particular vendor. Finally, if you need the product by a particular date, check delivery estimates for a sense of when you can expect the item.

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