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Old 02-01-2008, 03:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default How hot is too hot? (waxing)

So at what point does the heat become a threat to your board? I have heard that it can break down the glues that hold it together.
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Old 02-01-2008, 03:40 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Well yeah. If you are burning wax on your iron it's too hot. If your iron is on and you are leaving it heating element down on your board it's going to be way too hot.

Basically, don't burn your wax, and only use it to apply the wax in motion. If you are hanging around in one spot you'll have problems.
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Old 02-01-2008, 03:42 PM   #3 (permalink)
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You want to use the heat that is recommended for the wax you are using. You then want to make sure that you are moving the iron continuously making sure you that you are not stopping any spot on the board. Most brands of wax will have a recommended temp rating on them to use. You do not want to see the wax smoking. If it is smoking, your iron setting (or iron itself if not adjustable) is too hot for the wax and most likely too hot for the board. Hope that helps.
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i hold my iron upside down and let a small pool of wax sit on it, if the wax smokes i turn it down... if you let the wax smoke it burns all the chemicals out and basically does nothing for your board and it is bad for you to breath in.
as for too hot for the board... if it becomes warm/hot to touch on the other side turn the iron down or dont let it sit in one spot for so long... always keep the iron moving. your board may become slightly warm on the other side, but anything more than that, stop and let it cool

edit: also, dont assume that one type of wax will melt at the same temp as another.

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