Damage to the base of your snowboard or skis is something that can be unavoidable especially if riding a lot off piste or during spring conditions so repairing them yourself is a good skill to have in your locker.
Here we will look at repairing a deep core shot as well as a much smaller one with the Skimender Professional tool however the technique is exactly the same for the Skimender Light Duty tool or if you are just using p-tex candles or sticks.
Skimender have produced there own instructional videos which can be seen on YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=28&v=8hsXv2D82-A – We offer a few extra tips below to enable you to get the best out of your tool.
Step 1 – Prepare the base
The first thing to do is put your board or skis on a flat level surface and if possible hold it in place with a clamp to stop it moving around whilst you work, removing the bindings can help a lot here. Now clean the base with a suitable base cleaner, we use a citrus based cleaner and a simple sponge/scourer. Trim away any loose base material that is protruding the top of the damaged area with a sharp knife or razor blade.
If you are repairing a large, deep core shot like we are here it is good to line the wound with a layer of epoxy resin before you fill with p-tex.
Step 2 – Using the tool
Insert the desired colourof p-tex (black or clear) into the tool, turn on and allow to get up to temperature, this will take about 10 minutes, some material will leak out of the nozzle so ensure you have something under to catch it.
When the tool is fully up to temperature apply the hot p-tex by squeezing the trigger with the tool over the damaged area and moving the tool towards you until the whole area is covered. Now whilst the material is hot apply some downward pressure with a base scraper, we find a metal one works best, now leave to cool (at least 30 mins).
Step 3 – Removing the excess material
When the material has fully cooled it is now time to remove the excess so that the repair is flush with the rest of the base. There are several techniques as well as various tools available for doing this and depending on the depth of the repair and amount material needing to be removed some are better than others.
Tip: When the repairs are shallow the material does not have a lot of surface area to bond with so don`t try and remove too much material at once or with too much downward pressure as you will risk pull the repair away. Use light downward pressure and take your times
If the repairs are deeper and there is not a lot of excess then we find the Skimender Base Scraper works very well for this as the p-tex has more surface area to grip on to so a little more pressure can be used, however again do not rush this process, remove just a little material each pass.
If there is a lots of rough, excess material to remove then this can take a long time with the above techniques and you can run the risk of pulling the repair. We find using a course file works very well at removing 80% of this excess, once this is done then you can finish the job with the Skimender Base Scraper.
Step 4 – Wax the base
Now that your repair should be nice and flush with the rest of the base and all excess material has been removed it is time to re-wax your board or skis and then you are good to go.