The process of waxing your board can be very relaxing, and in some cases, can get you amped for the awesome days of shredding ahead. However, waxing improperly or not waxing at all can ruin a great trip. Generally we tell people they should wax their board once every 5-10 times they go out but some riders try to make waxing a routine before every day on the hill. It wont hurt anything by doing so as long as you are sure not to heat up your board too much. Make sure to keep moving your iron and NEVER KEEP IT IN THE SAME PLACE FOR LONGER THAN A FEW MOMENTS.
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Step 1 : Board Prep
1. Loosen screws on bindings so they do not conduct heat and cause dimples in the base.
2. Wipe the board down and make sure it is clean and dry.
Step 2 : Clean Base
I recommend the hot scrape technique this assures your base stays moist and is always well lubricated. Chemical cleaners tend to dry out the base and also are not so great on the environment.
1. Plug-in and warm up the iron. The iron should be hot enough to melt wax but not hot enough to make it smoke. 120 degrees or less is recomended
2. Run warm iron over base to heat the base up
3. Once base is warm to the touch take some base prep wax or a softer warm-temp wax and hold against iron to dribble wax up and down the board in a zig zag pattern.
4.Once you have dripped a small amount of wax onto the base you now want to smooth it out slowly working from tip to tail. Making sure the hot liquid wax coats the complete base. Make about five to six slow passes. This should bring most of the dirt and debris to the hot wax. Be careful not to let the iron sit in one spot for too long or you can destroy your base. Rule of thumb is keep it moving.
5. While the wax is still hot and in a liquid state using a sharp wax scraper start scraping all the wax off moving from tip to tail.
Step 3 : Prep Base
1. Once the base has cooled its a good idea to follow up with the scraper a couple more times
2. Brush well with brass or bronze brush from tip to tail.
Step 4 : Apply Wax
1. Use your preferred combo or temperature wax and hold against your iron dripping from tip to tail in a zigzag pattern.
2. Using the iron start smoothing it out slowly working from tip to tail. Making sure the hot liquid wax coats the complete base. Make about five to six slow passes tell you have a nice even coat of wax on the board.
Step 5 : Scrape Wax
Using a sharp wax scraper start scraping all the wax off moving from tip to tail. Make sure to pull with the scraper instead of push. You do not want the scraper to force the wax to separate from the board. Instead you want the wax to get forced into the base and only have the excess removed. Scrape in long smooth passes.
Step 6 : Brush Base
1.Using either a nylon brush for cold-temp wax or horsehair brush for all-temp or warm-temp wax. Brush off the excess wax from tip to tail. You want to expose the base so you can put some muscle into it.
Step 7 : Polish/Buff Base
1. Using a fine fibertex pad or base polisher polish or buff the board from tip to tail.
Step 8 : Enjoy
Go fly by your friends, Get more air and glide through the flat spots.
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