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    Posted: Nov/15/2010 at 3:14pm
I've decided to start waxing my board myself. I Googled "how to wax a snowboard" and read about 10 sets of directions, and watched a few videos and they're all slightly different. Can someone confirm the following?

Items needed:
- Iron (I have an old one that I don't care about ruining)
- Scraper (is metal or plastic better?)
- Wax (I'll buy an all temp wax)
- Cleaning brush - I've seen nylon, metal, and some people say to use wire pads from Home Depot. Is one type of brush better than another? Nylon vs wire? Also, one site said just to use a cloth.

(I know there are other items like drop cloths, table setup, etc....I'm excluding those items for now and just focusing on the "tools" needed.)

My last question is about cleaning/prepping the board. I've read to use anything from base cleaner to alcohol to kerosine for this step. What is the correct cleaner and procedure for this? Do you have to do it every time you wax your board?

I'm thinking about buying this - it looks like it has everything. Maybe I could save some money buying just the few items I need, but I like that this comes in one convenient kit. I'm not sure though because it looks like it's more for tuning than waxing.

Lastly, it would be great to see this video working!!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/15/2010 at 3:22pm
if its your first time plastic is better as its less aggressive. just remember to go int he ssame direction as the board when you use your cleaning brush and when you remove the wax. Doing outdoors is a great idea as it gets really dirty
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/15/2010 at 3:38pm
When I wax my board, I use a metal scraper; it's MUCH faster in getting off the wax because the edges of the scraper are sharper, and stay sharper--plastic tends to dull over time (you can resharpen the plastic by running it over sandpaper). BUT, you have to be careful when scraping with a metal scraper because you could scratch up your board pretty badly. 

Every time before you wax, it's a good idea to use base cleaner, which you can get in most shops or online, to get off all the dirt (and old wax) on the board--just spray it on, let it soak for 2 min., then wipe it off with a cloth. Otherwise, you're just going to wax in all the residual dirt, which will probably slow you down and leave you with a dirty base over time. 

When you iron, just make sure your wax isn't smoking, or that the topsheet of your board doesn't get too hot. 

Let the board cool for an hour and let the wax soak in. Again, use a metal scraper, and get off as much wax as possible. This part is the most time consuming in my opinion.

To finish up, I use a nylon brush, and brush along the board from head to tail. Then I use a scotchbrite pad (head to tail) to add the final touches to make my base shiny and smooth (that's how you know you did a good job).

Have fun.




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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/15/2010 at 3:48pm
Originally posted by jtran005

 Again, use a metal scraper, and get off as much wax as possible. This part is the most time consuming in my opinion.

The whole process seems pretty time consuming, which is why I was ok paying $10 for a hot wax at my local shop. But everyone keeps saying how easy it is. It sounds pretty labor intensive and messy! The only reason I decided to start trying it myself is because the last time we took our boards in to get waxed (a few weeks ago) they both came back with gouges on the topsheet. I don't know if it has to do with how they clamped the board down, but we were not too happy about it.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/15/2010 at 3:50pm
Any old iron will work when waxing your snowboard. All temp wax is great because who knows what the weather going to bring two weeks from now? Definitly use plastic scrapers rather than metal to prevent from digging into the board base and ruin your board. Stiff nylon brushes work great for giving your board good texture also scotch brite pads work good too. For cleaning your board, any petroleum base cleaner ( rubbing alchohol, mineral spirits) will work fine for removing old wax and dirt, but make sure not to use too much(will dry out your board). Make sure when performing any process of waxing your snowboard, go in the tip to tail or vice versa direction. You start to get the hang of it after a while.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/15/2010 at 4:05pm
Yeah, it is easy, but it does take time (about 1.5-2 hours) if you want it to look good. You don't HAVE to let your board sit out for an hour if you don't want to, so that'll save you some time. 

But yeah, trust me on using the metal scraper. From my experience, using plastic scrapers aren't very effective in getting out a lot of wax...just pay attention and don't get reckless with the metal scraper and you should be fine. Plus, if there are little burrs on the base of my board, the metal scraper does a good job of removing them easier than a plastic scraper. 

And the reason I started to wax my own boards was because the shops cost a lot of money, and they did a shitty wax job. 

Oh, and don't forget to loosen your bindings before you wax--if you don't you'll leave divots on the base of your board where your binding screws are. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/15/2010 at 4:06pm
Originally posted by jtran005

Yeah, it is easy, but it does take time (about 1.5-2 hours) if you want it to look good. You don't HAVE to let your board sit out for an hour if you don't want to, so that'll save you some time. 
But yeah, trust me on using the metal scraper. From my experience, using plastic scrapers aren't very effective in getting out a lot of wax...just pay attention and don't get reckless with the metal scraper and you should be fine. Plus, if there are little burrs on the base of my board, the metal scraper does a good job of removing them easier than a plastic scraper. 
And the reason I started to wax my own boards was because the shops cost a lot of money, and they did a shitty wax job. 
Oh, and don't forget to loosen your bindings before you wax--if you don't you'll leave divots on the base of your board where your binding screws are. 


Yea I think it might be too much of a hassle doing it yourself, right now id rather pay somrone
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/15/2010 at 4:12pm
Like I said, if you don't let your board sit out for an hour, you should be able to wax it in 30 minutes, which doesn't seem too long...
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/15/2010 at 4:19pm
old iron - careful on the temp, don't smoke the wax
scraper - especially for noobs, plastic is best so you don't scrape off p-tex/structure (just sharpen frequently)                                                               
wax - all temp is fine
brush - you don't really need one, just use plastic "scotch brite" type pads to buff out wax job

you don't need to prep the board either.  The only time you need to use any sort of base cleaner is at the end of the season to get all the spring dirt out of you base. (cleaning every time is not recommended and, depending on how often you ride, just adds more time to what will become a tedious task)

the kit is good, but you can find a basic edge tool on the internet shipped for like $10...sounds like you already have pretty much everything else you need for starters

...and who want the hassle of dropping their board off and waiting for a wax job?  Do it yourself and save a bunch of time and money.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/15/2010 at 4:52pm
An old iron that you don't care about would be fine to use - just keep the temperature in check so it is hot enough to melt the wax, but not start smoking.  I actually suggest using a plastic scraper - a plastic scraper is generally used to scrape wax while the metal ones are used more for scraping p-tex.  It really doesn't take that long to scrape the wax if you are scraping properly and also if you didn't use an excessive amount of wax to begin with (there is no point in using too much wax as the extra will be scraped off anyway and it would just be wasted).  A nylon brush is usually used to create a bit of structure in the wax, but you can also just use a scotch-brite pad.  You can use a little base-cleaner to clean/prep the board before waxing, though it is not always necessary.  If you do use base-cleaner, use it sparingly - you can just put a little on a piece of cloth/paper towel and apply it to the base that way.

Once you do it a few times, you'll find that waxing your own board is very easy and doesn't really take that long.  It is something that I actually enjoy doing, and definitely pays off on the slopes.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/20/2010 at 12:40pm
The season is just starting out, thanks for the tips I need to do this before I hit the slopes.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/20/2010 at 12:48pm
https://www.tools4boards.com/product.php?productid=703&cat=265&page=1 not a bad price for a good starter kit...and in the future, try the search function and check out some threads on this subject, there must be a dozen. plastic scraper to start with, as for brush, i find a bronze brush is a good all around brush, or a white nylon brush is another general purpose, and cheaper option.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/20/2010 at 2:23pm
getting ready to wax my boards for the first time....doesn't look to difficult...

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/20/2010 at 3:55pm
From what I hear from alot of seasoned riders is NOT to clean your board with a base cleaner or something like that..
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/20/2010 at 4:06pm
Originally posted by VTBear

From what I hear from alot of seasoned riders is NOT to clean your board with a base cleaner or something like that..


l think they dont do it often because it dries up the board=bad, but l think it should be used once every so often so that your not building wax on top of dirt or what not
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/20/2010 at 4:21pm
Thanks I'm getting some waxing kit for my birthday and I saw this in the forum
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/20/2010 at 4:33pm
i clean my board with base cleaner once a season, usually after i take storage wax off after the summer...usually the pre wax scrap and wipe with brush and cloth is enough. hopefully you try to keep you base clean during the season, wipe it down after riding, not letting it slide through the parking lot, keep it protected while in the roof rack(or in a box)...
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/20/2010 at 8:34pm
you shouldn't use a base cleaner for you board. you should do a hot scrape.

have a read through this.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/20/2010 at 8:59pm
i like the wax that you can bring on the mountain but it doesnt work as well as hot wax
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/20/2010 at 9:04pm
the green side of a kitchen sponge works really good to buff your board after waxing
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/20/2010 at 9:42pm
I'm old as dirt and always do my own.  If you have a quality board with sintered base (p2000 sort of  thing, names vary) the base is like a hard sponge, lots of holes to adsorb wax.  The cheap extruded bases are much softer and wax is only on top.  My directions work best for sintered.

Use scraper to get off old wax.  Check base for flatness, burrs, damage.  Fill in holes if any with base repair stick from freezer (smokes less).  Lite and hold over damage areas use scraper as shield for when you don't want drips.
Let these cool most of the way, but when still warm....
Use sharp scraper to get flat, will smooth out well
After its pretty much flat, use some sandpaper or something to go tip to tail and get structure in repair area
If your board lacks structure (grain) you may want to hit it briefly with some 60 grit or 100 grit wrapped around a 2x4 or similar, go tip to tail.
Do any edge tuning now.
Wipe board down to remove debris from edge work.
heat up old iron
apply wax to iron, drip onto the base, you'll want more under foot and on edges
experience will tell you after a few times how much you need
use iron to melt drips and move iron slowly to melt and heat up the board some...but keep it moving, don't damage base by letting it sit.
keep wax melted in area for a few seconds before moving on
when entire board is done, do a friends won't take much more time or effort and you might get a beverage free later
let boards cool outside if possible.  If in a rush take a scraper to to the lift.
scrape tip to tail, will be messy
don't go too crazy scraping - leave some wax on
for a FAST base if you have time / energy use a cork bar or something to smooth the wax out before riding. 
If you leave too much wax on it may take 1 run before it smooths out.

A solid wax job may last 2 days on good snow. use your fingernail to see if you can scrape the base and get any wax, if you can you still have some - but remember it wears fastest on edges near bindings.

I use a lot of all temp wax and the above procedure the melting wax will self-clean light gunk from bases that's ground in.

I've blown by nearly everyone on boards and most skiers on my boards on flats so this must work pretty good  : ~)
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/12/2011 at 1:33pm
I always do my own wax, after every 3-4 days boarding. Assuming it isn't visibly dirty, just start by dripping new wax on top. Cleaning beforehand isn't necessary. Use a plastic scraper while the wax is still a bit warm.

My 13 year old can do a board in about 30 minutes now. Definitely more efficient to do a couple at a time.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/12/2011 at 1:54pm
I generally do mine after 3-4 days, too. Even if it still looks decent on most of it, I don't mind doing it and the cost is minimal. I only get so many days of riding in a year, so I like to make them as good as they can possibly be.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/12/2011 at 3:22pm
I wax about every 2 or 3 trips.  Used to take me almost an hour to do everything.  Now it takes about 20 to 30 minutes tops.  It's like washing a car, the more you do it the faster and better you'll get at it.  
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