Repairing a Snowboard: Fixing a Cracked Nose Repairing a Snowboard: Fixing a Cracked Nose
A snowboard is an expensive investment for snowboarders. While you may take great care of it, the rough nature of the sport means that your snowboard will likely get damaged after a while. The nose of the snowboard is most prone to cracking and getting damaged as the nose will always hit the ground or rocks first. If damaged, this needs to be fixed else snowboard will not perform the same way as it used to before the crack. Repairing your snowboard with a cracked nose is not only a useful way of saving money, but also a functional approach that saves you a lot of time and hassle. Follow the simple steps below to complete this repair project.
Step 1: Clean the Board
To begin, locate and carefully analyze the problem to determine exactly how deep the cracks on the nose run. If the edge of your snowboard is out of shape, it might be a good idea to use a hammer or a cold chisel to pound it back to its original shape (as much as possible) before you fix the cracks. After this, use a damp cloth to clean any dirt and wood chips from your snowboard.
Step 2: Mix and Apply Epoxy Glue
Once your snowboard is free from any dirt, mix epoxy glue on an aluminum foil as per the directions given on the packing. Provide heat to the mix until it is soft and ready to be spread over the damaged area of the board. Now, apply epoxy to the damaged area, making a thin layer about it and provide heat (if required) to soak it in the cracks on the nose.
Step 3: Use C-clamps
Apply a couple of C-clamps to seal your board tight after you have applied epoxy and let it dry for a day or two (depending on the intensity of the cracks). It is mandatory to give sufficient time for the glow to dry or else it may disintegrate soon, causing unnecessary problems. However, if C-clamps are not available, duct tape can also be an efficiently usable alternative.
Step 4: Wax Your Board
Once the epoxy is dry, see to it that it is holding the board correctly or if it requires an additional patch or layer or glue. Once you are sure about the epoxy holding, remove the clamps and wax your board (especially the nose where it was cracked) so as to maintain its smoothness, aesthetic appeal as well as allow you to eradicate any surplus or jagged epoxy that might cause a hindrance in your snowboarding later on.