So you've just had a killer winter, you store your board away and get stuck into some Summer fun. Fall rolls around and the stoke kicks in so you pull your snowboard out only to see that it doesn't look good at all. So rusty you think it was stored at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. We're going to go over some simple tips to keep this from happening, along with a quick fix in case it does happen.
For more information about how to tune your board, check out our Board Tuning series we did with Underground Tuning:
Before It Happens
Take every precaution necessary to prevent your shred stick from rusting. The most effective method will be drying off your board whenever you get done using it, even if you plan on going back out in a couple hours. Avoid leaving your board out in the snow, on your roof racks or on your porch. All of these places are perfect spots for rust to form on your board.
Between Shred Trips
After a shred trip, wash the base and edges of your board with fresh water, dry your board with a towel and store it in a place where it won't air out.
Not only will improper storage lead to rusted edges, but it can also cause the base to dry out and ruin a board's camber. So, remember to always give it a quick wipe down and store it properly to prevent this from happening between sessions.
With tuned edges, you too can do this.
At the end of the season, give your board a good wax without scraping off the wax. Go crazy with it and wax the sh!t out of your board and edges. The wax will act as a shield to help preserve the base and keep your edges from getting any rust on them while its stored away for a couple months.
Wax The Piss Out Of Your Board Till The Wax Is Caked On There
To store your snowboard, keep it in a snowboard bag. If you don't have a bag, you can wrap it up in anything else, like an old stained bed sheet. Certain environments (like the basement or garage) are laden with humidity that can encourage rust growth, so keep it in a dry, cool environment. You should also remove the bindings and store your board standing up to preserve the camber.
How To Remove Rust
Sharpening your edges with a file or gummy stone will remove any rust on the edges. You can file it off with specifically designed snowboard files, but a standard metal file from the hardware store works exactly the same.
If you are feeling lazy, support your local shop and take it to them for some love. This is definitely an easier option but will be more expensive. When trying it on your own, use the gummy stone or file in a tip to tail motion with short strokes.
Short Strokes, Tip To Tail.
Sharpening your edges is explained in more detail in our How To Detune Your Snowboard Blog, so check that out for all the goss.
That's all there is to it to keeping your shred stick sharp. Use these tips to prevent rust on your edge, and if it does form, now you have the knowledge to remove and get your board back into pristine quality.