Sometime during the season you'll need to tune your board, especially if you're as finicky about the way your snowboard carves as you are the way your sportscar handles corners. It's always a good idea to send your board to a shop for a professional tune at the beginning of each season, but it's easy to maintain it yourself during the rest of the year. You'll need a few tools to get started, like tuning files and guides, a diamond stone, P-tex candles and a match, a stiff metal scraper, pot-and-pan scouring pad, and an old clothes iron. A vice or workstation will also make the job easier. You'll be able to find all of these at your local snowboard shop.
If you have any dings on the bottom of your board, you can fix them yourself by melting a P-tex candle into the ding. After waiting 15 minutes, use a stiff steel scraper to scrape off the excess material.
Using a file and file guide, run the guide from tip to tail, sharpening the bottom edges. Using a file guide is essential to maintaining sharp edges at a consistent angle. File the edges in one direction and use long, smooth strokes with constant pressure. Repeat the same procedure for the side edges. The angle or bevel of your file guide depends on personal preference, but most ski shops use a 1 degree bevel on both the top and sides. Remove all of the fine burrs using a diamond stone.
Choose a quality wax appropriate to weather and snow conditions. If you're not sure what type of wax to use, ask the technicians at your local snowboard shop or use an all-purpose, universal temperature wax. Turn on a used clothing iron and set it to its lowest temperature. After the iron has warmed, press the corner of a bar of wax against the bottom of the iron, dripping wax over the board's running surface. Use the iron to evenly distribute the wax over the entire running surface and allow to dry for at least 15 minutes. After the wax has completely dried, use a steel scraper to remove the excess wax. Buff lightly with a common kitchen pot-and-pan scouring pad.