How to P-Tex a Snowboard

How to P-Tex a Snowboard
It can be frustrating when you completely fail to notice a rock or root under the snow until you hear it digging into your snowboard base. There's nothing you can do at that point, and you know you'll need more than wax to repair it. While it's tempting to run the board to the shop for a quick repair, learning how to P-Tex the base yourself can save money and allow you to make frequent repairs when needed.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Repair P-Tex Candle, lighter or torch Metal scraper Iron or welding gun
  • Repair P-Tex
  • Candle, lighter or torch
  • Metal scraper
  • Iron or welding gun
Step 1
Determine the type of base that you have. Check your board information or manufacturer's website to find out. There are two primary types of bases: extruded and sintered. Both are P-Tex, but they have different properties and require different types of repairs. Extruded bases are the softer, more easily repairable type of base. Sintered bases are harder and higher performance but also more difficult to repair. Sintered bases require a harder repair P-Tex, such as a stick or ribbon, as well as a pistol or iron to melt it. You may want to consider taking a sintered base in for professional repair, as a lasting repair is more difficult and requires more specialized equipment. Extruded bases can be repaired with a basic P-Tex drip candle.
Step 2
Cut away any loose strings or chunks of P-Tex. You want your repair P-Tex to firmly bond with your base; loose strands will only interfere with the bond.
Step 3
Use a rag and base cleaner to remove off any dirt from the base, paying particular attention to the area(s) you need to P-Tex. Allow the board to fully dry.
Step 4
Light the P-Tex candle with a lighter or match and allow it to burn until it begins to melt. Dispose of any black carbon flakes by dripping them off onto your metal scraper and hold the candle about 1/2 inch from the base. Rotate the candle and maintain a blue flame and allow the P-Tex to drip into the damaged area until it's overflowing.
Step 5
Let the P-Tex dry and cool for about 20 minutes.
Step 6
Hold the metal scraper at a 45-degree angle and scrape off the excess P-Tex, using a one-directional motion from tip to tail.
Step 7
Sand with a fine sandpaper to further smooth out the repair. After that, you're ready to put on a coat of wax for the final touch.

Tips & Warnings

 
For sintered base repairs with P-Tex ribbon, you'll need to use an iron to melt the P-Tex directly inside the damaged area. You will likely need a sharper instrument to smooth it out, as a metal scraper may just rip out the repair. Use a razor or plane.
 
If your damage extends to materials other than the P-Tex (core, metal edges), you will need to make a more advanced repair that includes epoxy or copolymer. You may want to seek professional repair for these types of damage.

Article Written By Joe Fletcher

Joe Fletcher has been a writer since 2002, starting his career in politics and legislation. He has written travel and outdoor recreation articles for a variety of print and online publications, including "Rocky Mountain Magazine" and "Bomb Snow." He received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Rutgers College.

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