Theres nothing worse than your day up the hill coming to a grinding halt when you hear the sound of rock scrapping along the base of your board, to then finding a nasty ding underneath your prized possession. But don’t fear the worse, more often than not these deep scratches can easily be repaired in the comfort of your own home by following these simple steps.
1. Gather your equipment
Try to have everything laid out on the table before I start doing anything, just so you know it’s all there to hand. Have your P-tex candle, a blade or scalpel, a lighter and a scraper all at the ready.
2. Clean Your Base
You want to make sure it’s clean of whatever was on there when you damaged it so you can get all the dirt out of the grooves, and so it’s ready to absorb the new wax. Use a brush at first then move on a clean cloth. Spray base-cleaner on the board, and spread it out with a paper towel. Cut away any material that is sticking out of the board with a sharp blade.
3. Melt p-tex into any gouges
Be careful, ‘cos when p-tex is hot, it sticks to anything. Light the candle, be patient it could take a while, then carefully drip the p-tex into the damaged area and blow out the candle. Now let the p-tex dry for about 20 mins. Repeat the process if necessary to make sure the p-tex is flush to the level of the base.
4. Scrape off any excess
Take your metal scraper and make sure the bits you’ve melted in there are flush with the rest of your base. Give it a final wipe with your cloth before moving on to the waxing stage.