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Old 02-23-2010, 10:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I just now waxed my board for the first time at home. I spread the wax over the whole board, but it took a while and the wax was pretty dry when I went to apply the iron to the board. I moved the iron over the wax spots continuously to melt it, but is this a potential hazard to "burn" the base?

At the end I touched the top sheet and it wasn't too hot, though a certain area below the front contact points was pretty hot, though not too hot to the touch.

I keep reading it is possible to seer the pores shut by heating them too much, so I'm just a bit tentative. The iron was about 120 degrees (248 F) and I made sure not to leave it in a single spot.

Anyway to tell if your board's pores are toast?
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Old 02-23-2010, 10:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Scorch marks? Lol..just like ironing clothes..keep it moving and your fine..if you set it on there and walk away for 10 seconds your gonna scorch your board.

It sounds like your doing it just fine..just keep it moving and get the wax spread out...
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as long as teh topsheet isnt too hot to the touch i think your good.
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Old 02-23-2010, 11:20 PM   #4 (permalink)
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thanks, probably just the typical paranoia for me.
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a good indicator is the wax itself when your dripping it on. if you see it smoking then your too hot. your first spots of wax will harden up by the time you finish dripping it, no worries. just keep it moving while you spread it and youll be fine.
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Old 02-24-2010, 12:20 AM   #6 (permalink)
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So after a solid scotch brighting and a structuring it with a nylon looks alright. Missed a few micro spots it seems, but I think it turned out alright in general. The wax was definitely not smoking, I made sure of that one because of the guides posted up. Thanks again.
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