A small guide about skis/snowboards waxing – PART 1

WHY DO YOU NEED TO WAX YOUR SKIS AND SNOWBOARDS?

Waxing basically makes your skis or snowboards water-proof, will give you a more smooth-gliding experience, and increase the life of your boards. But you need to wax your boards on a regular basis, depending upon your usage i.e. if you occasionally go skiing or snowboarding, then wax your boards once a year is sufficient. But if you go skiing or snowboarding on an almost daily basis, then do it once a month.
If you take care of your skis or snowboards quite well, then you can use them for many years will smooth the gliding experience. So, it’s very important to wax your skis or snowboards. Waxing makes a huge impact on your performance, but you need to learn it if you want to do it by yourself at home. Let’s discuss some basics to know about how to wax your skis or snowboards by yourself at home:

WHAT DO YOU NEED FOR WAXING?

First of all, let’s get to know about some basic materials that you need for waxing are as follows:

  • SKI COUNTER OR VICES are used to hold your skis or snowboards in one place and make your waxing process quite easy.
  • RUBBING ALCOHOL acts as a cleaning solution, which is used to clean the base of the skis or the snowboards.
  • CLEAN CLOTH OR TOWELS are used to clean off the dirt or the snow particles from the skis or the snowboards.
  • STRONG RUBBER BAND is used only for skis, to lock the ski-brakes.
  • WAX comes in various variety and some choose as per the snow temperature.
  • WAXING IRON is using to melt the wax so that it gets easily applied on the skis or boards. And it’s better to have the specific waxing iron rather than a regular iron because the temperature of regular iron can fluctuate more which can harm the ski or the snowboard’s base.
  • PLASTIC SCRAPPERS are used to remove the excess wax from the ski or the snowboard.
  • BRUSHES are used after scrappers. As scrapers are used to remove the excess wax, so after the scrapper, a finishing brush (nylon brush goes quite well) is used to remove any of the wax residues is left on the ski or the board.

WHICH WAX DO YOU NEED TO CHOOSE?

There are various types of waxes available in the market i.e. for all snow conditions or the temperature. In general, ski wax is categorized into two types i.e. all-temperature wax and temperature-specific wax.
ALL-TEMPERATURE WAX best suits where the temperature changes a lot or you go skiing/snowboarding at different terrains. These are the universal waxes, which are very convenient and good for any kind of snow conditions or temperature.
TEMPERATURE SPECIFIC WAX is designed to work well on the specific snow temperature, so as to improve the performance of the skier or the snowboarder. If you go skiing or snowboarding at a specific terrain where the temperature remains stable, then go for temperature-specific wax to wax your skis or snowboards.

Composition of wax:
The composition of wax also impacts a lot in your performance i.e. some are good for low humidity and moisture, whereas others are good for high humidity. So check out the composition of the wax and then choose the one as per your requirement. Let’s discuss some wax as per the composition of the wax, which is as follows:

FLUOROCARBONS are added in waxes to make gliding faster (as compared to the basic wax i.e. which contains hydrocarbon), but remember that it gets expensive too. The more fluorocarbon content increases in the wax, the more its price increases and the best gliding experience you’ll get.
PLANT-BASED WAX works just like basic hydrocarbon wax, which is made from natural waxes rather than petroleum. These are used by those who prefer to use eco-friendly things, but you’ll get a very limited choice in this because only a few companies make these waxes.
RECYCLED WAX works well in all-temperature or snow conditions and is usually low-priced as compared to the basic wax. While making basic wax, some wax is left-over in the making process, so instead of throwing it, they remelt it and make the recycled wax.

In general, basic wax is being used by beginners. Low-fluorocarbon waxes are being used by intermediate skiers and high-fluorocarbon waxes are mostly used by experts or professionals.

Method of applying wax:
Wax comes in various forms i.e some need to be melted, some need to be just sprayed on, and others need to be applied with the help of a cloth. Let’s discuss some of the different waxes as per the way of its application, which are as follows:

BLOCK WAX: Block waxes are much used for waxing and are mostly preferred because it stays for a long time on skis/snowboards. As block wax needs to get melted, so you need to learn the proper way to wax your skis/snowboards. For that, you need to melt the block wax with the waxing iron, and spread it evenly on the base of the skis/snowboards. And then use the scraper and the brush to remove the excess waxing and to give the finishing, after it gets cool down.

RUB-ON WAX: If you feel your board/skis little sticky in between the session, then rub-on wax works well. It is a very quick way of applying wax on your skis/boards i.e. just roll on the wax container or the block on the base.

POWDER WAX: Powder waxes are only used after block waxing to further enhance the gliding speed of the skis/snowboards. Powder waxes have a high composition of fluorocarbons, which makes them very expensive and are used for the main event only. Just sprinkle the powder wax on the base of your skis/snowboards and buff it properly.

LIQUID WAX: Liquid waxes are applied with the help of a cloth or an applicator by rubbing them on the base. They are either come in very low-end waxes or come in very premium waxes. Low-end waxes don’t stay for more than a day, which makes them a temporary solution for smooth gliding. Whereas, premium liquid waxes are mixed with other waxes, called an overlay, to give you a smooth and fast-gliding experience.

SPRAY WAX: You’ll get spray wax mostly in premium waxes and very rarely in basic waxes. Just spray the wax on the base and then buff it after 5 minutes or as described in the spray bottle. They are used after using premium block waxing to make smoother and faster gliding.

For any kind of wax, just buff it more properly and evenly, so that it stays for longer on your skis/snowboards.

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