What You'll Need
Firstly you will need some supplies Like
- Wax kit
- Waxing iron
- Wax and scraper
- Base cleaner
- A scourer
- A cloth
- A structuring brush
Choosing An Iron
We always advise using a snowboard/ski waxing iron over a conventional waxing iron since the snow ones have a perfectly flat surface that spreads the wax more uniformly throughout the base. If you do decide to use a conventional iron, remember to put it away and not use it on any more clothes!
How To Pick Your Wax
The safest wax to start with is an all-temperature wax that will work regardless of the weather. You can purchase temperature-specific wax, but this necessitates waxing your board every time the weather changes. Waxes will be branded with a temperature rating; if you are traveling to North America, Europe, or Japan, you should choose a cold wax that is appropriate for the temperature. We also sell different wax packets, which are ideal for anyone who enjoys traveling. There are waxes on the market that are intended to increase your speed, but they are often more expensive and do not last as long.
Scrapers: Plastic Vs Metal
If you're planning to purchase a scraper, you should probably go with plastic. Why? Only expert tuners will use a metal scraper since it is more effective and allows them to be more exact. Metal scrapers, on the other hand, can easily ruin your snowboard, damaging the edges and molding them into corners. Plastic scrapers are advantageous since they are less prone to cause damage or scrapes while still performing admirably.
Snowboard Waxing Tricks
STEP 1: Clean The Base
It's usually a good idea to start with a clean base. They are base cleaning, which aids in the removal of dirt and old wax so you can start fresh. Scrub the base with your scourer while using the base cleanser, paying special attention to any grimy regions. Wipe away any residue with the polishing cloth, removing old wax and debris from the base.
STEP 2: Choose the Right Wax
Choosing the right wax is crucial for a successful wax job. Different waxes are designed for different snow conditions, so it's important to choose one that's appropriate for the conditions you'll be riding in. Generally, cold temperature waxes are used in colder conditions, while warm temperature waxes are used in warmer conditions.
STEP 3: Apply The Wax
After cleaning the base, heat up your iron and apply a small layer of wax to the board. To begin, adjust the temperature to a low level. To melt the wax, carefully push one corner of the wax block against the iron, being careful not to burn your fingers! Holding the iron above the board, slide it smoothly and steadily around the edge, leaving a trail of regular wax marks. Fill in the middle of the board in a zig zag pattern, travelling from side to side.
Then, using the iron, smooth out the wax until it completely covers the base surface. Don't overdo it with the wax; it's easy to overdo it. You can always add more wax if necessary, so it's better to start little rather than go big at first. Once the base has been covered, allow the board to cool so that the wax can no longer be spread. We usually recommend waiting 10-15 minutes.
STEP 4: Wax Scraping
Once the board has cooled and the wax has solidified, grab your scraper and begin scraping the wax off at a 45-degree angle to the board. Work primarily in one direction, from nose to tail.
There are several scraping strategies to consider. Scrape from the nose to the tail so that the scraping lines follow the same path as your board. If you ride switch frequently, you can alter the direction. Long complete scrapes from tip to tail are likewise preferable to little aggressive scrapes in a single region. This will smooth out the foundation and allow your board to run faster.
A common error is not scraping off enough wax, but keep in mind that as the base absorbs wax, the goal is to leave the thinnest layer possible on the surface. Brush the peelings away as you go to ensure you have the greatest possible view of your job. Eventually, your foundation will just appear wetter and deeper in color. There will be a small notch in the corner of your scraper. This is for removing any excess wax from the edges of your board.
STEP 5: Buffing
The final step is to rub out the base with a softer structuring brush so it looks smooth and professional. Brush the base vigorously from nose to tail, beginning at one edge. Continue in this manner until you have covered the entire board. This method of constructing the base creates small grooves in the wax that aid in friction reduction.
Now your board is now waxed and ready to use. Enjoy the slope
Frequently Asked Questions
How often should I wax my snowboard?
It depends on how often you use your snowboard and the conditions you ride in. Generally, it's recommended to wax your board after every 5-10 uses or whenever the base starts to look dry.
Can I use regular wax for my snowboard?
No, you should only use wax specifically designed for snowboards. Regular wax can damage your board's base and affect your performance on the slopes.
Do I need to remove my bindings to wax my snowboard?
No, you don't need to remove your bindings to wax your snowboard. Simply lift one end of the board and prop it up on something stable, like a table or sawhorse, to access the base.
Can I wax my snowboard by hand?
While it is possible to wax your snowboard by hand, using a waxing iron is recommended for an even and thorough application of wax.
How long does it take to wax a snowboard?
Waxing a snowboard can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour, depending on your experience level and the size of your board. It's important not to rush the process and to take your time to ensure a proper wax job.
What should I do if I accidentally overheat the wax or leave the iron in one spot for too long?
If you accidentally overheat the wax or leave the iron in one spot for too long, it can damage your board's base. To fix this, let the wax cool and harden completely, then use a plastic scraper to remove the damaged wax. You can then reapply the wax properly.
Can I wax my snowboard myself or should I take it to a professional?
Waxing your snowboard is a task that can be done by yourself with the right tools and knowledge. However, if you're unsure or uncomfortable doing it yourself, taking your board to a professional is always an option.