Fixing a Scratch on Top of a Snowboard

A tough jump on uneven terrain can cause ugly scratches on your snowboard.

A tough jump on uneven terrain can cause ugly scratches on your snowboard.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Items you will need

  • Base cleaner
  • Wire brush
  • Lighter
  • Polyethylene candle
  • Metal scraper
  • Sand paper


  • 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.

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