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Old 11-22-2013, 05:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So I have a new board that I'm about to wax. First thing I do is scrape off the old wax and clean with a citrus cleaner. However, I have never waxed a board straight out of the box. Since the board is clean and only has factory wax, will it make any difference if I skip the steps of scraping off the old (factory) wax and cleaning?

In other words, is it okay to apply new wax on top of factory wax and then scrape and buff, or do I need to scrape the factory wax off first? And if it is best to scrape the factory wax off first, do I need to clean the base when the only stuff on the base is the factory wax? Thanks.
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Old 11-22-2013, 05:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Dude, you're overthinking this.

It's got factory wax on it, which is probably not great wax but it's not a negative, it's not like factory wax is poisonous.

Just ride it for a day or two then wax it.

If you're going bananas waiting for snow and need something to do then wax it, just add a layer of wax over what's already there.

EDIT: if you're waxing for lack of something to do be sure to have a couple beers and take your time.
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Dude, you're overthinking this.


EDIT: if you're waxing be sure to have a couple beers and take your time.
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That was my idea for the weekend... beer look at weather conditions, beer, decide what wax I should pick, beer, spend the next 4 to 5 hours waxing up 3 boards & beers.

Getting sick in the head just waiting around for some storms to dump...
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That was my idea for the weekend... beer look at weather conditions, beer, decide what wax I should pick, beer, spend the next 4 to 5 hours waxing up 3 boards & beers.

Getting sick in the head just waiting around for some storms to dump...
Yah, goes good with Sunday football.
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EDIT: if you're waxing for lack of something to do be sure to have a couple beers and take your time.
Haha this exactly. I have a brand new deck along with some old ones. Having a couple of the guys over tonight for drinks and waxing in preparation for our season open next weekend.
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So I have a new board that I'm about to wax. First thing I do is scrape off the old wax and clean with a citrus cleaner. However, I have never waxed a board straight out of the box. Since the board is clean and only has factory wax, will it make any difference if I skip the steps of scraping off the old (factory) wax and cleaning?

In other words, is it okay to apply new wax on top of factory wax and then scrape and buff, or do I need to scrape the factory wax off first? And if it is best to scrape the factory wax off first, do I need to clean the base when the only stuff on the base is the factory wax? Thanks.
Don't use a citrus or petroleum based cleaner on the base. They do its job too well, which is a bad thing.

Factory wax is just a quick rub-on wax, using a heated drum. Made for maximized production speed, not for wax penetration.

...so, just apply new wax on top that is appropriate for the weather and conditions.

If you want to clean the base, then do the hot-scrape method, using a cheap warm temp wax. It is the safest, though not exactly the most cost effective method.
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if it has never been riden yet, ride the factory wax for 1 or 2 days and then wax it like you would after you need to reapply
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If you want to set your board up for the best possible ride:

1. Open a beer

2. Do a hot scrape to clean off the lousy factory wax and any other crap that is likely on the board from the factory.

3. Hot wax on your favourite all temp & let cool. ( 30 minutes )

4. Open second beer while it cools and watch the second period of the hockey game.

5. Open third beer and reheat board. Let cool again. Watch third period of hockey game. Leave board till morning.

6. In the morning, open beer, scrape board, buff with Scotch Brite pad and....

7. RIDE !!!!!!!!!!!
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Don't use a citrus or petroleum based cleaner on the base. They do its job too well, which is a bad thing.

Factory wax is just a quick rub-on wax, using a heated drum. Made for maximized production speed, not for wax penetration.

...so, just apply new wax on top that is appropriate for the weather and conditions.

If you want to clean the base, then do the hot-scrape method, using a cheap warm temp wax. It is the safest, though not exactly the most cost effective method.
Thanks for the tip on the citrus cleaner. Someone else mentioned that to me recently.
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