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Roto brush- what do you like?

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The last time I used a roto brush was a looooong time ago. There seem to be more options now. I'm generally just an all-temp guy with some hard waxes on really cold days, so I don't need corks ets. Just probably brass/ nylon/ horse. 

 

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I only hot wax and roto brush skis. On boards I have been using Swix fluoro paste/spray or Zardoz, originally in the spring but now all winter. Daron Rahlves has a signature Wend paste too. 

 

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Just got one for Christmas! 2 brushes, horsehair and nylon board width size. Awesome after waxing and refreshes a base for an extra day or two in between. Probably not using it properly but then again, I use the Doug Coombs/rip..."q&p" tuning method

 

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Good Lord man... Guides are cheap... I'm so not anal about tune/waxing but that's NSFL material right there...

I guess better than rounded edges though...

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I'm using a 100mm brass brush pre-wax.  After scraping I use a 300mm nylon brush for a couple of passes, then the same with a 300mm horsehair brush.  I usually finish with a few passes with a horsehair hand brush or cork for a nice polish.

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Yeah, tempted by the SVST, but the selection of brushes in the wide widths is limited. 

Looks like I can supplement the typical nylon and horsehair offerings with brass from other sources, so I'll probably go that route. I hand brushed 4 boards today, and while not a big deal I definitely could have saved myself some elbow grease.

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1 hour ago, Mr.E said:

... but the selection of brushes in the wide widths is limited. 

That's a reason why I finally decided not to go with rotobrushes 🤔. I use big oval hand brushes - makes it a bit easier:


Very Corse Stiff Steel - deoxidation, only if needed
Soft Steel - general cleaning, pre wax
Very Fine Soft Steel - for deep cleaning, pores opening, only if needed
Brass - post scraping
Fine Nylon - soft wax polishing
Horse Hair - hard wax polishing 😜

 

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