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Old 12-04-2010, 01:08 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question waxing cleanup

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How do you clean up your snowboard wax after scraping it off? I assume that it would be bad for vacuum cleaners and such, and trying to clean it up off the floor with a paper towel/cloth would probably just smear it in. I was thinking that I should just do it over some newspaper and try to gather it all up from the floor that way. It's cool to throw that wax in the trash, too, right? There's not some environmental legislation-type concern?

In addition to cleaning up, where do you guys wax your snowboards to make cleaning up easier? (And no, I don't have a garage... but there is a backyard...)

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I wax in my kitchen on a 4ft plastic table. I use soy wax that is sticky so the shavings stay on the scraper until I wipe it off. I throw the wax in the trash because it is just wax. Big plastic drop clothes are stupid cheap at walmart.
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I scrape with my board standing up in my bathtub then just pick the wax up out of the tub with the scraper
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I do it in my laundry room. Just lay my board upside down on the dryer, and let the wax shavings fall to the ground which is concrete, then I sweep it up from there. I've heard of people using a vacuum hose and there's no reason wax shavings would hurt it, the vacuum filter should collect it. If you catch the wax with clean newspaper you can save and reuse it, otherwise trash is all good.
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Pretty sure a vacuum cleaner creates heat, and wax melts with heat.... Getting wax in your vacuum filter is an awesome way to burn it up by restricting the air flow.

Using a vacuum cleaner sounds like a horrible idea
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I just scrape outside
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Scrape it outside...I like to scrape it in the mountain parking lot...no clean up and the wax is dry and cold enough to dust off my clothes without sticking too it.
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Pretty sure a vacuum cleaner creates heat, and wax melts with heat.... Getting wax in your vacuum filter is an awesome way to burn it up by restricting the air flow.

Using a vacuum cleaner sounds like a horrible idea
most vacumes don't create that much heat and hot air to melt wax

basement on saw horses and shop vac

environmentally, wax is a hydrocarbon...usually petrolumn based
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most vacumes don't create that much heat and hot air to melt wax

basement on saw horses and shop vac

environmentally, wax is a hydrocarbon...usually petrolumn based
A shop vac is totally different then a house vac and would def work
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Scraping does create a mess. I have tried a few different things.

1. Painters tarp. I have an el-cheapo painters tarp that I put down when I scrape. It works fairly well and usually catches 90+% of the wax. Whether you just throw the tarp away or clean it off outside is up to you.

2. Just sweep it up. I scraped on a laminated hardwood floor during the winter when humidity and temperatures were low, so it was very easy to sweep up the wax. There is usually a lot of it, though

3. Scrape outside. Seeing as how the wax is going to end up in the water table one way or the other (whether you dump it, or snowboard on it), then this probably isn't completely horrible.
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