A small guide about skis/snowboards waxing – PART 2

STEPS TO WAX (BLOCK WAX) YOUR SKIS OR SNOWBOARDS
Let’s check out some basic steps to wax your skis or snowboards at home, which are listed below:

PREPARATION:
First of all, you need to prepare your skis/snowboards for waxing. If you are waxing your skis, first of all, you need to lock the brakes by using a strong rubber band. The main purpose of locking the brakes of skis is to make the waxing process convenient. Now use the vices to hold your skis/snowboards at one place i.e. place the ski/snowboard upside down with the base on the upward side, and then tighten it, so that it makes your waxing process easy. You can also use a stack of books on both sides to hold your ski/snowboard, but vices work better.
After it gets positioned properly, check out and clean the base properly to make it ready for waxing. If your ski/board is too dirty then first of all clean up with a brush. Then you can use alcohol and a clean cloth to clear off all the remaining and small dust or dirt particles. This simple step makes your ski/board ready for waxing.

WAXING:
For waxing, you mainly need good waxing iron to melt and spread the block wax. Some use regular iron for this process, but it comes with more temperature fluctuation, so there is more chance of damage to your ski/board. So better to use specific waxing iron for this process.

  • Plugin your waxing iron and set the temperature as described on the wax box i.e. different kinds of wax need different temperatures to melt.
  • Just hold your waxing iron in a vertical position and then hold the block wax to the iron’s base, so that it starts dripping on the base of your ski/board. Now keep on moving from tip-to-toe or from edge-to-edge, so that the melted wax drips all over the surface. Be careful while dripping the wax i.e. your wax should neither be too much and nor be too less.
  • Now put the waxing iron on the base and move it all over the surface to evenly spread the wax. Make sure you keep moving it because if you hold it at the place for too long, it can damage the base of your ski/board. This step helps to penetrate the wax well in the base of the ski/snowboard.
  • Then let it stay at room temperature for about an hour to cool it down. Do remember, not to place your ski/board outside for drying, just let it dry at the normal temperature.

FINISHING (scraping and brushing):
After your ski/board gets completely dried, it’s time to do scraping to remove the excess wax from the base. It’s always suggested to use the plastic scraper, rather than a metal one. Just keep on using the scraper on the base and even on the metal edges to remove the excess wax i.e. until the wax gets nearly invisible. For scraping, you need proper technique, so that while scraping, you’ll not damage the base of your ski/board.
Now after you are done with scraping, you need to brush the base to further remove the wax from the base, until the base is left with a very thin layer of wax. Brushing is the final step to give finishing to your base i.e. more finishing means more speed while gliding on the snowy hills. You can use any type of brush, but nylon brush is more suggested, that well serves your purpose. This will give you a glossy and smooth look of the base, which signifies that your ski/board is all set and ready to use.

SOME FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs) ABOUT SKI/SNOWBOARD WAXING

Do new skis/snowboards need waxing?
In general, brand-new skis/snowboards come in ready-to-glide condition, and they don’t need to wax as per the manufacturer. But as they keep on staying in the box or container for so much time, which somehow dries out the base. So it’s good to touch up the base with little waxing.

What are the signs which signify that the skis/snowboards need waxing?
One of the main signs that signify that your skis/snowboards need waxing is the change in the color of the base i.e. discoloration. If the base of your skis/snowboards look whitish, dried, or feel friction while gliding, then they’ll need waxing.

For how long the effect of wax stays on the ski/snowboard?
The duration of the wax stays on the ski/snowboard depends upon the style of waxing you are using. For: if you are using liquid wax or roll-on wax, then they’ll stay for around 1 to 2 days. Whereas, if you are using block wax, then their shelf-life is around 8-10 days. And the remaining it also depends upon the weather, temperature, and your care.

How much temperature is needed for iron waxing?
For waxing your skis/snowboards, you need an iron that works at a stable temperature, that is why waxing iron is more recommended to use. Now if we talk about the temperature, then in general around 120 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit is needed for iron-waxing. It should not be too hot that flames came out from it and it should not be less hot that it can’t melt the wax. So you need a moderate temperature for this waxing process and is generally written on the wax container.

Which type of waxes get too expensive?
Some waxes are made up of hydrocarbon which provides less smoothness and fastness for gliding, which are mainly used by beginners and are less expensive. Whereas, some waxes are made up of fluorocarbons i.e. from less to high, which are specially made for fast-gliding experience, and are used by the intermediates and experts. The more the fluorocarbons are present in the wax, the more it gets expensive and the more fastness it will provide.

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