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How to - wax a board

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Lot's of ways to do this, this is the way I do it, most people use a plastic scraper instead of the wire wool stuff I use.
1st step is clean the base but this board has had 10 days max on the snow so I'm skipping that, I rarely clean it anyway, depends how good a job you want to do innit.

I use all this crap. Cheapo iron, wax, soft wire wool, scouring pad type thing, polishing pad, ciggies.


Get your iron hot, not too hot though, smoking is just on the limit.


Get your board flat


Drip wax all over it, not too much, you have to take it all off later


Board all dripped up and ready for the hard part


Iron in the wax, keep the iron moving, you dont want to burn your base.


smoke break.

Scrape off all the wax with the roughest of the pads you have, in my case the wire wool stuff, most people use a plastic scraper here. You dont want to see any wax on the board at all, it should all have sunk into the base. Wax left on top of the base will stick to the snow and is uncool.
I work nose to tail, probably helps, probably doesnt, its a good thing to do nose to tail though.


Polish it up with the medium pad you have.


Polish it like a madman with the softest pad you have.


Done


Smooth as a baby's ass.



Go shred.
Total time 30 minutes max.


Last edited by Poster: A snowHead on Mon 10-11-08 17:17; edited 1 time in total
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Top instructions ! Nice and simple

I bet I would end up would end up with an iron emebedded in mine tho
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If I can do it then anyone can. Obviously you can do a load of other crap as well but this is the basic wax.
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There's a couple of things I do different, I warm up the base of the board with the iron first so it's hot to touch and after waxing I leave it somewhere warm for a bit, normally o/n (this may change in resort when I'll want it next day). I normally clean it with a hot wax too.

Don't know how much difference this makes, it's probably the law of diminishing returns, but I've not met anyone yet who out glides me on the flats.

Photo 4, you just wanted a gratuitous crotch shot didn't you Laughing
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Swirly, I remember reading in spyderjon's tuning guide to not touch the bare base (without wax) with the iron, as this may more easily burn the base.
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Swirly wrote:
Photo 4, you just wanted a gratuitous crotch shot didn't you Laughing


Laughing Laughing Thought it, didnt dare say it Laughing Laughing
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stab, is smoking a prerequisite for doing your board. If so, I'm champion at that!! Toofy Grin

Good to see some advice not plugging the hell out of the fact you need a Bakoda iron.
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Ronald, there's normally some wax left on my iron, I don't have it set that high either. Boards lose the heat a lot quicker than sk*s too which can make doing a hot scrape a pain as the wax sets at the nose before you've even got to the tail. Solution is to do it in strips.
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Specialman wrote:
stab, is smoking a prerequisite for doing your board. If so, I'm champion at that!! Toofy Grin

Good to see some advice not plugging the hell out of the fact you need a Bakoda iron.


it's positively encouraged, gives the board chance to cool down so smoking is indeed usefull.

Some people take the bindings off before waxing, I don't. I would say it's probably better to take them off.
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Some people take the bindings off before waxing, I don't. I would say it's probably better to take them off.



I only bother when I'm using a table, don't think there's any need to otherwise. Be careful around the mounts though as they will retain heat, I was speaking to spyderjon t'other week and he thinks this is why some people get bulges in the base under the bindings i.e. a trashed board.
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yeah I'm always watching it around the inserts. I guess the inserts warm up and start pulling through the board or cooking the base, I saw some real bad ones last winter and people try to blame me for putting their bindings on too tight, nice try matey, it was like that before your service, I'm not a complete idiot.
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i heard that it's got to do with the air in the holes under the screws expanding, so the advice was to loosen the screws (?).
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rogg, I waxed my Duck last year with the bindings off, and the wax still behaved differently around the inserts to the rest of the board - it cooled a lot slower, so as the wax went opaque on the rest of the base there were two sets of eight perfect discs that remained dark for a while. Slightly alarming at the time - "oh cr@p I've just ruined my board" - but they cooled down eventually. I guess that means it's the inserts themselves holding the heat rather than the screws (?)

Swirly, had that nose-cooling-before-you've-got-to-the-tail problem as well and fancy trying your suggestion out - at the risk of asking a stupid question, when you say the solution is waxing it in strips - long, thin nose-to-tail strips (like sk*s) or section-by-section going down the board, nose first then middle then tail? Thanks mate ( and thanks stab for posting it in the first place )
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snojito wrote:
rogg, I waxed my Duck last year....

You did what!!!! I prefer geese - more surface area Toofy Grin
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snojito, I went section by section, nose to tail. If I do it in work then I hit it hard with the proper wax iron and do strips but with a cheap iron like I have its sections. You just want all the drops of wax to be melted and sucked into the base.

Waxing a ski is exactly the same except you need to be careful you dont drip wax into your hand bag.
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snojito, Specialman, I am going to report both of you to the RSPCA !
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Specialman, Laughing Geese are definitely advised for the bigger-footed rider...
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the metal threaded binding inserts in the board will conduct/attract/retain the heat imv more than the rest of the board, makes sense though to limit this and take the bindings screws out (i.e. bindings off) and reduce the amount of heat conductivity Very Happy
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DebbiDoesSnow, the RSPCA'll just shake their heads and tell you it's out of their jurisdiction... the RSPB, on the other hand, will probably have us plucked and roasted with sage and onion stuffed up our unmentionables wink good to talk to you - how've you been all year?
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snojito, RSPB Embarassed I have been loitering here all year, waiting till the new season, wasting my life away Laughing What you been up to ?
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is this where my thread turns into some facebook scrabble thing again? Smile
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stab, get back to rubbing to dripping over your board & rubbing it hard NehNeh
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DebbiDoesSnow -- I've been... um... whatever the opposite of hibernating is? Found I had to step away from the snow-related stuff, it was making the spring and summer all too painful! (but how can you say "wasting your life away"? Look at your post count!! Laughing )

stab, thanks again - did wax a pair of skis last season too, but in my defence they were the OH's (and she kept her handbag out of the way wink )

(damn you slow internet connection)
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snojito, welcome back! Yeah like stab says I do it in strips (like sk*s) can't imagine that doing it in sections would be bad though.
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snojito wrote:
DebbiDoesSnow... the RSPB, on the other hand, will probably have us plucked and roasted with sage and onion stuffed up our unmentionables....


Or they'll wax us up in retribution
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Swirly, thanks mate, it's good to be back! it's good to see you guys are all well Very Happy looks like I might not be waxing any sk*s this winter - Miss S has been told she's rogered her knee ligaments and might have to have surgery, so it's looking like an all-boys all-boarders trip this time around. I guess I can still practice on her sk*s though

Specialman, the prospect of being waxed by a vengeful Bill Oddie and Ms. Outraged of Oundle has just brought tears to my eyes...
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stab wrote:
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Waxing a ski is exactly the same except you need to be careful you dont drip wax into your hand bag.


heheh
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well, i took the plunge and waxed mine tonight. took the advice above and that of a mate and did the do. surprisingly easy, and really very satisfying.

4 more sleeps. snowHead
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well, i took the plunge and waxed mine tonight. took the advice above and that of a mate and did the do. surprisingly easy, and really very satisfying.

4 more sleeps. snowHead


wicked, it really is easy isnt it. By the time you do it twice or three times you've recovered the initial outlay.
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I even do my skis in sections for hot scraping. I've waxed my mates board for him and bloody hell... they don't half take more scraping and brushing Laughing
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Hmmm, think my legs are in more need of a wax than my board Toofy Grin
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What great instructions! I would actually give it a go if I wasnt heading out to Bourg on saturday morning snowHead
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Nadenoodlee, plenty of time left - it only took 30 mins.

are you staying in Bourg? forecast looks stonking snowHead snowHead snowHead
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rogg, I am indeed - two whole weeks and a big old car to go wherever we like- BLISS!
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stab wrote:
snojito, I went section by section, nose to tail. If I do it in work then I hit it hard with the proper wax iron and do strips but with a cheap iron like I have its sections. You just want all the drops of wax to be melted and sucked into the base.

Waxing a ski is exactly the same except you need to be careful you dont drip wax into your hand bag.


hahaha! i was going to attempt to wax my board for the first time last night but i just didnt have time! might have a crack tonight if i have enough time! how long do you reckon a good wax sesh takes?
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i took the plunge and followed these instructions with a few modifications. i used a scraper, then a scourer, then a nylon brush (for no reason other than that's what i had around). it's a dead easy job and makes the board handle much better on the flat bits. It is totally sweet to rinse past the guys on sticky rental boards, or skiers puffing about with their poles out on the flat bits.

i remember before i got my board wondering why some boards managed the flat bits better than others. Now i know. This is why!

tidy max, my first effort even being overly cautious and with lots of thinking/reflecting time, took less than an hour.
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great tutorial!
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thought this thread deserved a bump...

i was about to put my skis in for their summer service, but i think i'll be trying it myself now. Just need to go buy the wax and find a cheapo iron somewhere. Very Happy
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Just missing a couple of things. Job time much the same, but easier to do and gives a well mellow finish.






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A friend of mine told me to do the same, I mistakenly used coloured wax. The whole board was red :S lol
Word of advice never used died wax. Good tutorial thank you!
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