June 29, 2007, Newsletter Issue #151: Using Hot Wax on a Snowboard

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There are four main steps that you need to follow when applying hot wax to your snowboard. Here is a quick guide to help you apply hot wax to your snowboard without hurting yourself or your board.Dripping First, cover your area with a cloth or newspaper. Getting wax everywhere will not help. Get your board propped up with vices to keep it steady. Use a heated iron to melt your hot wax. Get it hot, but not too hot, too much heat can destroy the wax compound. Lay the bar of wax onto the heated iron until it begins to melt and then gently flip the iron over to begin the drip onto your board.Ironing Next, use the iron to gently massage an even coat of the wax across the entire board. An even coat is essential with hot wax on a snowboard because one missed area could result in a terrible spill. To avoid damaging your snowboard, keep that iron moving constantly.Scraping After you have let the hot wax cool for a bit on the board, get a scraper and begin evening the coat out. Move from nose to tail and get as much of the hot wax off as possible. You do not want too much hot wax to remain because it will just slow the rider down.Buffing To finish the job, get a god glide by buffing the board. All the excess hot wax should be removed at this point and the finished board should fly through the powder.

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