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Old 04-29-2009, 10:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys, i'm from Australia, and it's practically impossible to buy a ski/snowboard wax iron from ebay or any other trading post. The items from USA are pretty cheap, but the cheapest shipping rate for an iron i've seen is $41 AUD. which means i'd be paying around $120 AUD for just a waxing iron...

So i had a look around for just a small clothes iron with a base with no or few holes in it, and found this straight away: Mini Steam Iron with Brush : oo.com.au



According to the site it has a teflon base, 80C - 210C temperature range, base plate dimensions 17 x 8.5 cm and the best thing is it's only $29 AUD including postage.


This is the base:



I'd be grateful if you guys would let me know if this would be ideal for waxing my board (never been waxed before or ridden, still has the factory coat on it) before the season starts, and to continue using it until it breaks or i find a really cheap proper iron.

I've got at least 5 days to wait, as i only just transferred money into my paypal account for a purchase. The Link at the top also has more pictures on it.
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Old 04-29-2009, 10:21 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Anything that gets hot is fine bro, Just make sure the wax doesn't smoke when your melting it on. I'm a bit nitpicky when I wax my snowboards though so I got a snowboard specific iron. It has a flat square base with no holes it also has a temperature gauge, it's not necessary though.
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Old 04-29-2009, 10:37 PM   #3 (permalink)
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That doesn't look too bad. The holes can hold dirt and other crap, so if you can find one w/o it'd be better. That seems pretty tough these days. I'm surprised this one has so few holes. It'll work though.
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I'm surprised this one has so few holes. It'll work though.
Yeah first site i looked at was loaded with little irons like these, i was stoked.


Thanks for the advice guys, i'll grab it in a few days.
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It'll work fine. The iron I use is from Walmart, has a ton of holes in it and I've waxed my boards for several seasons without any issues.
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Old 04-30-2009, 12:29 AM   #6 (permalink)
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ha ha thanks DC5R, also just thinking of grabbing some wax," Bar of Red Pro-Tech Tuning Universal
Hydrocarbon Speed Wax, 80 grams "
I assumed red coloured wax was for warmer conditions, not all temperatures (as universal suggests) do you guys reckon this would be ok for all season? it also comes with yellow spring wax 80 grams.
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It'll work fine. The iron I use is from Walmart, has a ton of holes in it and I've waxed my boards for several seasons without any issues.
Mine is from the Salvation Army store...$6...lotsa holes...no problem. Go easy on the heat setting...mine works around "2".
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Ya you'll be fine with that just dont do something dumb and like fill it with water and use the spray
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Ya you'll be fine with that just dont do something dumb and like fill it with water and use the spray
ha ha ha don't worry, i wont.
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Old 05-01-2009, 10:16 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Ya you'll be fine with that just dont do something dumb and like fill it with water and use the spray
I thought you where supposed to use the steam setting to help cool and set the wax deep into the base.




Note /\ sarcasm. I do not take responsibility for your steam waxing your board.
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