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Snowboard Topskin Replacement

post #1 of 8
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Hi. Where can I get inexpensive topskins to make my daughter's burton snowboard into something my son will use? - Joe
post #2 of 8
Joe,

My first suggestion is that this might not be a real good idea. Women's boards are typically softer than guy's boards. Your son may not have a good time riding on the board even if you can disguise it. You may be better off going to a ski (er, board) swap or using Ebay.

But if your bound and determined to do this:
My first thought was ski saver tape. Many ski shops used to carry this stuff, but I can't find anything online with a quick search. I did find the manufacturer though....
Ski Saver, 1771 International Parkway, Richardson, TX 75081. (214)235-9991
The problem with most ski saver tape is that it's clear.

Other suggestions are duct tape or vinyl sheets from a sign shop. If you cover the whole board, you'll probably need to get replacement screws for the bindings to get the same grip through the now thicker topskin.
post #3 of 8
Scuff, degrease, paint, clear coat...call it a day.
post #4 of 8
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Originally Posted by jmessing View Post
Hi. Where can I get inexpensive topskins to make my daughter's burton snowboard into something my son will use? - Joe
Go to a preseason clearance sale or find him a used snowboard from a gear swap. Many will be coming out soon.
Spend few bucks and don't embarass the kid using his sisters board with duct tape or paint on it.
Make him trade some housework if necessary. Or some promise that relates to his performance at school.
post #5 of 8
What's weight/height of your son and what length/model is the board? May or may not be a good or bad idea in terms of whether he can use it.

Assuming the board's a "fit," spraypaint works well, XJguy has the sequence spelled out.

If you're going to spend $ on him, make sure he has boots that fit and that the board's edges are tuned and the base waxed (regularly, drugstore paraffin can work decently well if you don't want to spend $$ on ski wax). It can be a good chore for the kid if he's old enough, tune & wax regularly to ride the board.
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Board Topskin Replacement

Hi.
..Thanks for all the good advice. I live near the Burton factory in Vermont and know some of their tech staff people. The say the Chicklet and Chopper are identical boards, but with different artwork. Out of season, last season, and used equipment is pretty cheap here, but we don't see much used shorter youth equipment, especially the under 125 length boards.
..My daughter's board from last year, in pristine condition is a 111 and she moved up to a 121 this year (got from last year's stock in Stowe). The 111 is the right size for my five year old. I have two sons, 5 and newborn, so this entry board will be used a couple more times. I figure for a five, year old, a recovered top skin is fine and I'll move them 'boy' boards when their ready for the replacement. Heck, there's only a couple of his peers on the slopes at this point.
..I'll probably repaint. I have read online not to use any urethane based paints. Can you guys recommend a brand of paint that won't jeopardize the integrity of the board? Another site recommended vinyl based paints, but I don't have any idea what brand sells vinyl-based sprays.
..BTW, here's an expensive solution - http://www.originalsnowboardart.com/...ry.aspx?PGID=0
Thanks,
Joe
post #7 of 8
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Originally Posted by jmessing View Post
Hi.
..Thanks for all the good advice. I live near the Burton factory in Vermont and know some of their tech staff people. The say the Chicklet and Chopper are identical boards, but with different artwork. Out of season, last season, and used equipment is pretty cheap here, but we don't see much used shorter youth equipment, especially the under 125 length boards.
..My daughter's board from last year, in pristine condition is a 111 and she moved up to a 121 this year (got from last year's stock in Stowe). The 111 is the right size for my five year old. I have two sons, 5 and newborn, so this entry board will be used a couple more times. I figure for a five, year old, a recovered top skin is fine and I'll move them 'boy' boards when their ready for the replacement. Heck, there's only a couple of his peers on the slopes at this point.
..I'll probably repaint. I have read online not to use any urethane based paints. Can you guys recommend a brand of paint that won't jeopardize the integrity of the board? Another site recommended vinyl based paints, but I don't have any idea what brand sells vinyl-based sprays.
..BTW, here's an expensive solution - http://www.originalsnowboardart.com/...ry.aspx?PGID=0
Thanks,
Joe
Krylon recently came out with a paint made specifically for plastics called Fusion, I know numerous people who have used it on plastics and all have said it works very well. As with any kind of painting preparation is key.
post #8 of 8
Get a sticker pack for like $8 on eBay or a board shop, and have fun letting the kid personalize his ride. You don't want to eff up the board painting it. Stickers can be removed.
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