How to Wax a Snowboard at Home?

Snowboarding is a fun and exhilarating activity, but it requires appropriate equipment maintenance. One of the most important things you can do to keep your snowboard in excellent condition is to wax it on a regular basis. Waxing your snowboard increases its efficiency and speed while also protecting it from scratches, deterioration, and damage.


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What if you don't have access to a pro snowboard store? Don't worry, you can still wax your snowboard at home with a few basic equipment and ingredients. In this article, we will teach you how to wax a snowboard at home with a snowboard waxing iron, scraper, cloth or paper towel, and of course, wax. Follow these simple techniques and you'll have a smooth, sparkly snowboard ready for the next excursion.




    Preparation before waxing


    Before we go into how to wax a snowboard, you should know a little about the procedure and how it operates.


    Snowboards are comprised of a porous substance called polyethylene, and the wax soaks into the board, allowing it to slide on the snow. In a nutshell, the wax does not just lay on top of the board; it actually absorbs into the substrate. This will be beneficial to know now. There are several necessary requirements.


    You will need a few items to correctly wax your board.


    1. Iron 2. Wax 3. Brush. 4. Scraper 5. Screwdriver. 6. Paper Towel or Cloth


    Before you officially start waxing your snowboard, prepare your workspace and board. Here are a few steps to follow:


    Step 1: Choose a flat and sturdy surface that you can work on, such as a desk, bench, or a set of sawhorses. Make sure the surface is tidy and free of anything that might injure your board.


    Step 2: Use a screwdriver to remove the bindings that are attached from your board. This will make it much simpler to wax the whole board while also protecting the bindings from heat and wax damage.


    Step 3: To remove dirt, dust, and old wax from your board, use a metal or plastic scraper, a paper towel or a cloth. You can also use a particular kind of cleanser or rubbing alcohol to wash away any remaining residue especially the old waxes. Before you continue, ensure that your board is thoroughly dry.


    Step 4: Pick a suitable wax for your board and snow conditions. There are several varieties of wax for different temperatures and types of snow, including cold, warm, all-temperature, and fluorinated. You can examine the wax label or ask a specialist to determine the best option for your board and its conditions.


    Step 5: Preheat your iron to the suitable temperature for the wax. Do not use a common clothes iron because it may contain holes or steam vents that would harm your board. Use a snowboard wax iron or an old iron that you don't typically use on clothes. The appropriate temperature for the iron is 120°C to 140°C (248°F to 284°F), depending on the wax. Do not allow the iron to become too hot, as it may burn the wax or the board. You may check the temperature by dropping wax on the board and checking if it smokes or sizzles. If it does, adjust the temperature.

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    How to properly wax your snowboard, and other alternatives


    We have a heated iron and wax that is sufficient for the outside temperature. It's time to apply wax all over and scrape it off.


    Step 1: Hold the iron vertically and press the wax up against it. The wax will begin to drip onto the board as you move the iron. The idea is to cover the board with enough wax so that when we press the iron into it, the wax covers the entire surface. You can drip down the sides and then fill in the center, or you can crisscross across the entire board.


    Step 2: Waxing cover the entire board from nose to tail, making sure to push the wax all the way to the edge. Generally, we want to wax a certain location on the board until we feel warmth on the underside. This signifies we've heated the base sufficiently to absorb the wax. Warning: It is critical that you do not leave the iron in the same position for too long, or your base could heat up. Do not leave the hot iron on the board while walking away. If it appears that you have coated the entire board, it is time to let the wax cool.


    Step 3: Scrape off any excess wax with your scraper, which is included in tuning kits. Scrape from front to rear on the board. You can't scrape away too much wax. Don't worry, you'll improve over time. Step 4: Polishing your snowboard with a brush. Clean the board from front to back with a brush, you could use metal, nylon, horsehair brushes based on your needs, just like you did when you scraped it. Double-check your edges as you go to ensure there is no residual wax that could interfere with your turning. This eliminates any extra wax and exposes the structure of the base, allowing your board to run more smoothly and faster.

    VECTOR's Snowboard with our gorgeous female model


    In this tutorial, we've learnt how to wax a snowboard at home with professional gear. We hope this post was useful and instructive for you, and that you enjoyed reading it. Waxing your snowboard allows you to express your personality and flair while also improving your equipment. Don't be scared to experiment and have fun with it. Remember that the finest wax for your snowboard is one that helps you feel pleased and confident on the slopes. Thank you for reading, and have fun snowboarding!



    Q: Why should I wax my snowboard?

    A: Wax keeps your board moist and avoids dryness. A dry board reduces agility and life span. Wax also boosts your board’s speed and smoothness on the snow, increasing your performance.


    Q: How often should I wax on my snowboard?

    A: As you snowboard, the wax on the board will rub off. So, it stands to reason that the more you go snowboarding, the more often you'll need to wax your board. The typical rule of general is to wax your snowboard after every three to four days of riding. If you're a more active rider who slide long hours, that can be shortened to two to three days.


    Q: Can I just buy pre-waxed snowboard?

    A: Of course, you can, but as the number of snowboarding increases, the board will still need to be waxed, regardless of its quality.  


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