Fixing a Scratch on Top of a Snowboard

A tough jump on uneven terrain can cause ugly scratches on your snowboard.
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If you've finally purchased the perfect snowboard with a design and finish that matches your tastes, a scratch can cramp your style. But unless the damage is significant or cause the snowboard to bend or crack, you can usually fix it on your own. With a little bit of work, your snowboard will be as good as new and ready for another beating.

    Step 1

    Cut any loose pieces or fraying ends around the scratch with a razor or scraper. If the dent is very large or deep, rub the inside with sandpaper. Clean the scratch and the area immediately surrounding it with a snowboard base cleaner. Use a small wire brush to distribute the base cleaner evenly and ensure the cleaner gets inside the scratch and any small crevices contained in the scratch.

    Step 2

    Light the polyethylene candle and allow the candle to burn for several minutes until there is a pool of polyethylene around the flame. Hold the candle next to the board -- careful not to burn the board's surface with the flame -- and drip wax into the scratch or dent. Fill the hole completely until it is slightly overflowing. Give the board 15 or 20 minutes to cool.

    Step 3

    Use the scraper to remove any excess polyethylene sticking out of the scratch. Hold the scraper at a 45-degree angle and make slow, deliberate strokes. Avoid excessive scraping, and don't attempt scraping until the hole is completely dry. Sand the area with sandpaper for a smooth finish.


    • If your scratch is more of a gash and is deep enough that the core is exposed, it’s best to have it fixed at the shop.

    Things You'll Need

    • Base cleaner

    • Wire brush

    • Lighter

    • Polyethylene candle

    • Metal scraper

    • Sand paper

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