Joined: Sat Nov 12, 2011 4:08 am Posts: 108 Location: Melbourne, Australia
I have a jones (solution) and I have examined a few I have seen at trailheads and in shops and they seem to be delivered with the bases really dry, mine included.
This made the board a bit slow, waxing didn't really help and it wasn't until I took it to a competent board shop that fixed it. I'm not sure what they did, but it was more than a wax, but less than a "structure".
Joined: Tue Oct 19, 2010 1:24 pm Posts: 190 Location: Salzburg / Austria
In warmer weather wax is not as important. But getting structure in the base is. Think of it as making trails for the water to escape.
I use a nylon brush after hotwaxing to recover the base's structure.
Afaik a fine structure would be good in cold temperatures, and a rough structure in warm temperatures. Can one create this structure at home (with a steel brush?) or would you need to bring it to a shop to have it created by a machine?
Update: 1 hot wax (DIY) job lasted about 3 days of spring conditions. After the second day the base was looking a feeling dry but not completely dry. On the second day the board was perfect in fresh snow but slow and sluggish in the melting snow lower down the mountain.
The base seems to be much stronger than normal boards. I hit a few hidden rocks and very little damage done. I now from experiences that a similar rock hit put gouges in the base of my normal board.