Caring for your TimberTEK (and other Firewires as well)
First off, thanks for stepping up as an early adopter of Firewire’s new TimberTEK Technology. For years, Firewire has been committed to furthering the environmental friendliness of surfboard production but we found ourselves challenged by the task of coming up with a build that also offers the same high performance as our existing technologies. After extensive research and development, we have assembled a winning formula and we are stoked to offer the eco-friendly TimberTEK to surfers around the world.
Because TimberTEK boards look so different and are completely new to the market, we'd like to provide a Board Care Guideline to help you get the most out of your new sled. Now, we totally understand that in the real world, it can be hard to do everything listed below at all times, but incorporating as many of the suggestions below as possible will go a long way towards preserving any surfboard's lifespan.
Despite utilizing an alternative build that incorporates unconventional materials, TimberTEK boards have already received praise from consumers and professional riders alike. They are light, incredibly responsive, highly durable and have a positive flex you’ll feel on your first wave.
- • Always get out of the water if you realize you have a ding in your board. Duh.
- • Never repair a ding until your board is completely dry. Very important!
- • If you have a ding that does need repairing, you, or an experienced repair person should approach it like any other ding. The one key is to ALWAYS USE EPOXY RESINS as polyester can damage the board further. Other than that, fiberglass, filler, and anything you would normally use to get your board back in working order is ok.
- • Avoid leaving your board in direct sunlight for extended lengths of time or in places that get exceptionally warm such as a car, near a furnace, wood stove, etc.
- • Strip your board of wax frequently to inspect for dings. We suggest using a soft plastic tool for bulk wax removal and a Pickle wax remover for the finishing touches. Yes, a Pickle. You’ll find one at your local shop.
- • If cleaning using a spray or liquid, avoid using harsh chemicals such as paint thinners, acetone (never want to touch this stuff anyways) or wax removers. Use citrus cleaners such as Goo Gone.
- • If the need arises to remove a sticker or traction pad, apply light heat using a blow drier and slowly peel back with a soft plastic tool. Do not apply sustained heat or high levels of heat at any time, a light warming does the trick. Remove leftover adhesive with the same citrus based cleaner.
- • After a surf, do your best to DRY your board. Water left on a board during storage can lead to moldy board bags or boards, salty or oxidized fin screws and a rank smell.
- • You would be surprised how common this is BUT MAKE SURE YOUR LEASH LOOP IS SHORT ENOUGH. No easier way to allow water into your board than a leash loop that is too long which can pull through rails on bad wipeouts.
- • Finally, we want to hear from you if you have questions or concerns. If something has you worried, don’t fret, just hit us up immediately at our inquiry page and someone will respond. We have your back!