How to Sharpen Your Snowboard at Home

by Jeremiah Blanchard

Snowboarding is a high-intensity, adrenaline-pumping sport that is played out on snow-packed mountain slopes. For a snowboard to be ridden effectively, it must be properly maintained, and that means keeping the surface smooth and sharp. Over time, the snowboard edges can become dull from ramping, grinding and slicing through the snow. The sharper the edges, the more control you have on the slopes. Sharpening your snowboard can be done at home with minimal equipment.

Items you will need

  • Soap and water
  • Lemon juice
  • Vise
  • Abrasive sandpaper block
  • Snowboard edging tool
  • Rotary tool with buffing tip
  • Snowboard wax
Step 1

Clean the snowboard thoroughly. Remove all wax buildup and debris using warm water and soap. Wax can be removed using an acidic solution such as lemon juice.

Step 2

Secure the snowboard on its side in a vise. You can pad the vise with rags to avoid scraping the board's surface.

Step 3

Rub an abrasive sandpaper block along the edges to remove rust, nicks and burrs from end to end. Turn the snowboard to the opposite side and repeat, from end to end.

Step 4

Edge the snowboard again using a snowboard edging tool set at the snowboard manufacturer's recommended bevel angle. Run the tool along the edge from end to end several times until you achieve a smooth, clean edge. Flip the snowboard over and repeat for the other side.

Step 5

Buff the edges using a rotary tool with a buffing tip. This action will polish up and smooth off the edges.

Step 6

Reapply wax to the snowboard bottom. Your board is now sharpened and ready for the slopes.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can also use a gum stone to de-burr the edges and remove rust.
  • A diamond sharpening stone can be used in place of a snowboard edging tool, though these are harder to use because you can't set the appropriate angle unless working in tandem with a sharpening stone jig.
  • Do not sharpen the board to razor sharp. This is dangerous when snowboarding around other people. The board only needs a clean, smooth edge, not sharp enough to cut like that of a knife.

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