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    Posted: Jan/20/2011 at 1:36pm
Hi so I am doing the typical drip method while waxing my board and it seems like when the wax drips down on my board it solidifies and turns into little circles. Is this typical or am I doing something wrong?

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/20/2011 at 1:37pm
You can use an iron.
 
Or, if you prefer, go with the Miagi Method...you know, wax on, wax off, wax on....ok, bad joke, I know, sorry!  Wink
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/20/2011 at 1:38pm
i wax my board all the time. i drip the wax, it solidifies, and then go over it again with the iron until its a solid sheet. scrape it all off (or most, depends on preference) then take a wire brush and scrape it. the solidifying into circles thing isn't a problem.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/20/2011 at 1:40pm
once you got the circles go over it with a iron to get it into a sheet then scrape
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/20/2011 at 1:41pm
your iron could need to be hotter in order to turn the dripping into a stream of hot wax. It only makes it a wee bit faster really, no big difference though.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/20/2011 at 1:42pm
Oh ok I have it around like 140ish? I was just worried I was doing something wrong
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/20/2011 at 1:45pm
just make sure it isnt going to burn the wax... melt temp also depends on what type of wax and other things
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/20/2011 at 1:55pm
aight...I just never saw it become a solid in any vids
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/20/2011 at 2:38pm
 
It's normal to have the circles solidify. This is a pretty good video and you can see the dots turn from a clear white to a milky white. The dots turn milky white when they cool down and solidifies
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/20/2011 at 2:39pm
Work in a warmer environment and it won't solidify so fast.  I used to work my board in the garage and it was very cold and it was difficult to get the wax going again.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/20/2011 at 4:51pm
It doesn't matter if it solidifies or not, since you're just going to melt it again with the iron on the board, as others have said.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/20/2011 at 5:01pm
What you are doing is just fine and doesn't matter.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/20/2011 at 5:33pm
After that, scrape it ALL off. May sound weird, but the sintered base pores open up and soaks up the wax when it's hot and at a liquid state. It's not the wax on the board that helps your board.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/20/2011 at 6:06pm
It is supposed to solidify, then you iron the board and it melts on covering the board.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/21/2011 at 10:47am
This is an excellent (the best?) video on YouTube showing every step of the board waxing procedure.  I followed it last night and did my first 2 wax jobs to perfection.  A lot of the dudes on the net seem to point you in the wrong places (reusing wax for example), but this guy seems to get everything right and explains it perfectly.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/21/2011 at 11:01am
I wouldn't reuse wax scrapings. The wax pulls dirt and other grimy stuff up out of the base of your board, and then stays in the hardened wax after your scrape it off. You can get bulk wax for cheap.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/21/2011 at 11:57am
yea dude just go over it again
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/21/2011 at 11:58am
yeah, pretty ghetto to reuse. hahaha
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/21/2011 at 12:44pm
I just rubbed on the wax until it had an even coat, then used an iron with wax paper to melt it into the board. Worked just as good if not better than the original method.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/21/2011 at 1:28pm
Use an iron to melt the drips into a uniform sheet. You should see the wax glare as it seeps into the pores. Wait 20-30 minutes until cool and scrape +brush.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/21/2011 at 4:29pm
hah I did reuse the wax scrapings and it seems like they melted evenly and quicker...This was also on a new pair of skis for a friend so I guess theres no dirt
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/21/2011 at 6:58pm
How long does a new wax job last?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/21/2011 at 8:23pm
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How long does a new wax job last?
 
3 runs.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/21/2011 at 8:52pm
Originally posted by MakeYourselfSD

Originally posted by mtmatsum

How long does a new wax job last?
 
3 runs.

 
Depends on the type of base (extruded or sintered ) sintered lasts longer.. soaks the wax in more.. Also, it depends on the snow conditions and if U are riding park.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/21/2011 at 11:30pm
i usually just run some wax on a hot iron and smooth it out from there...or at least what youtube videos and the internet have told me
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/22/2011 at 6:28am
I think most people typically wax every 4/5 times on the hill, as a general guideline.  I'm sure there are people who never wax...those are the guys you're flying by on the flat areas!  LOL
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/22/2011 at 6:50am
dont worry, your doing it right, just cover sufficiently over the board, then use an iron to flatten it out to cover all spots. let it sit for a 20min and remove via scrappers
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/22/2011 at 7:11am
Putting the wax on is the easy part, as long as its melted into the pores you'll be good. Getting it scraped and brushed requires some work.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/22/2011 at 7:32am
Originally posted by psubballfan12

hah I did reuse the wax scrapings and it seems like they melted evenly and quicker...This was also on a new pair of skis for a friend so I guess theres no dirt
it melts quicker because they are super fine shavings of wax so it dosent take much heat
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/22/2011 at 2:15pm
Originally posted by SnapShot

I wouldn't reuse wax scrapings. The wax pulls dirt and other grimy stuff up out of the base of your board, and then stays in the hardened wax after your scrape it off. You can get bulk wax for cheap.
great vid.  everything was great, until he started doing the buffing part...now how many of us actually have that to use? cause I don't.

He could have briefly showed us using the scotch pad. but i've seen it in other vids.

To the OP, i think your question is answered by now....run your iron over it and melt it into your board...
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/22/2011 at 5:14pm
I always leave my boards inside my house until right before I wax them.  Not sure if it helps, but I figure it will keep the boards a little warmer and therfore the base will absorb the wax a little better.  When I melt the wax and drip it on my board, it does the same thing as you are describing.  Even more so when my boards have been sitting outside in the garage for awhile and are cold.  Clean off the old wax, drip on the new wax, iron it on as evenly as you can, let sit for 15-20 minutes, then scrape off.  If you have the brushes (which is what I use) then brush the base.  If not, use the scoth pad.  I wax after each day of riding, but I'll admit, that is a little excessive (and costly).  It all depends on the snow conditions, what type of terrain you ride, and what type of base you have as to how often you should wax.  There are a ton of great videos on Youtube that take you step by step.  Ebay is where I get all my wax and I get it for very cheap.  I use Swix wax, CH series, and ebay is the place to get it cheap.
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