How To: Wax ‘Em Up!
Posted December 11, 2012
Nothing bogs down skis and snowboards on a powder day like a slow base, and you don’t want questionable glide when you’re rolling into a kicker, hip or other features. Speed counts big time, and waxing your board(s) properly enables you to use gravity to its full potential. Here’s a quick how-to guide for waxing your equipment - if you don’t feel comfortable doing it yourself visit one of Killington Repair Shops for a custom tune.
Clean your base so the wax really takes. Use base cleaner and a rag, or run a hot iron over the base, apply a thin layer of wax, and then scrape instantly.
More Pre-Wax Prep
Snowboarders, loosen your binding screws or remove them altogether. The bolts conduct heat when you run the iron over them and will create small dimples in your base.
Picking the right combination of wax is the trickiest part. Choose a wax that best represents the conditions you’re riding in. All-temperature wax is one option; blending multiple temp waxes is another, more custom option. The section of base adjacent to the edges takes the most abuse so consider using a harder wax in that area.
Once you’re ready to drip, grab a pre-warmed waxing iron and block of wax, hold the wax to the iron and let the molten droplets fall evenly across the base. Then iron-on the wax by running the iron over the droplets, and spread a film of wax evenly across the base. Touch the topsheet periodically to get a feel for how hot the board is; it should never be more than warm to the touch.
Let the wax cool for about a half-hour, or until it reaches room temperature. Then take a wax scraper (sharper the better), and make long, smooth strokes from nose to tail. Short choppy scraping makes for a bad tune and a slow base.
Buff and Polish
Use a base brush to remove excess, leftover wax and expose the “structure” of your base. For the extra, extra-fine treatment, buff your base with a pair of pantyhose from nose to tail.