How to Hot Wax a Snowboard

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Introduction: How to Hot Wax a Snowboard

It is very simple to hot wax your snowboard.
You will need a hot wax iron, wax, buff pad(Green Scotchbrite Pads work well.) and scraper.
You can use plastic or metal scrapers, I prefer the metal scraper because it will not dull as easy..

Step 1: Area to Wax

Find and area to wax your snowboard. I have this nice little bench with braces that holds the snowboard level. Plug in your iron and get your wax ready. It is best if your snowboard has been sitting at room temperature so the base can absorb the wax more readily.

Step 2: Putting the Wax On

Drip the wax onto the base of your snowboard using a zig zag pattern. The first time you do this you will probably use too much wax. It is better to use a little too much, you can always scrape it off.

Step 3: Ironing on the Wax

After you have dripped wax onto your snowboard base you must iron it in. Double check the setting on your iron. If your iron is smoking, turn the temperature down. Iron the wax into the entire base and allow the board to cool for about 10 minutes. Always remember to unplug the iron after applying your wax.

Step 4: Scraping Off the Extra Wax

Once your snowboard base has cooled you can begin scraping your base with the metal scraper. We use 2 saw horses to hold the snowboard secure. Scrape the entire snowboard base smooth with your metal or plastic scraper.

Step 5: Make It Super Smooth

This is the final step of the snowboard hot waxing process. Grab your green buff pad and buff the base of your snowboard from tip to tail. This will smooth the base for a super nice finish

Step 6: The Final Product

Learning how to hot wax your snowboard is simple, rewarding and saves you money. It also increases the longevity of your snowboard. Remember to wax after 2-3 riding sessions.

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Just how my family always did it! Very helpful.

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spelling error in my post below, should be never heat your board through and through

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I see some dangerous advice in the comments, which can ruin your board or ski's; never heat your board though. just welt the wax and spread it quickly. if you can feel the heat on the other side, you're essentially de-laminating your board! It will become very floppy and all stiffness will be lost. the underside of the board/ski is made of a porous material with pores running perpendicular to the bottom. these pores will store the wax, but to insert the wax, it needs to be liquefied and the porous material should be just warm enough. too hot and you'll lose your boards integrity / stiffness depending on how much overheating you do. it's a nice and messy game to play, with your board on the line. so practice on an old board or ski first. the channels which are mentioned, are from diamond grinding/smoothing. any wax based channels will be quickly eroded.

I prefer using Choad Cheese Wax, it's locally sourced handcrafted wax, and made in the USA.

Seriously it's the most powerful wax formula on planet earth.

http://crackgrease.com/store_wax.html

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Will the iron be okay to use on clothes after doing this?

so what about really big gashes, how do you grind those out? also i am a ski patroller and i never wax my board, so you dont have to wax your stuff

The best iron I've seen for doing this belonged to my cousin. He took a regular iron like the $8 walmart model and then used a tig welder to fill in the holes on the bottom. Next he ground it down flat again. No more need to worry about those annoying holes! I've heard that you should heat the board with a hair dryer first to avoid stressing it and potentially damaging it but who knows.

After going thought all the procedures of waxing the board. Am i supposed to leave some amount of wax on the board as a sheet or is it ALL supposed to come off? because i thought the waxing was meant to cover all the groves scrapes of the base board.

Dude, "wax after 2-3 riding sessions."? a little much, dont you think? (in theory, you couldn't wax it too much, but that would start running high costs in wax and the time to do it) just a thought.