ok 4 questions. 1) does the wax matter, will candle wax suffice? 2) what would be a sufficient scraper, i really don't want to buy one. 3) What can you use to buff (again i don't really want to buy one). 4) Will the iron my mom uses to clean shit be sufficient of should a new one be purchased?
1. Yes, wax matters. Snowboard wax is created to maintain an ideal consistency in cold weather so that it sticks to the bottom of your board, whereas candle wax is a lot softer and will wear off much faster. It can be used, some people do (not many), but you'll probably need to wax much more frequently. Someone else may want to weigh in on this as I've never used anything but real snowboard wax, so I can't really speak from experience..
2. See if you can find a piece of scrap plexi glass with a nice straight edge. Some people use putty knifes and metal scrapers, but that's really only advisable if you really know what you're doing since you could easily damage your board. Snowolf has some videos on here that show how to do a proper wax job, you should definitely check them out. http://www.snowboardingforum.com/boa...rd-repair.html
3. Brillo pads, pretty cheap at any grocery store.
4. I wouldn't use my mom's iron, she'd probably be pretty pissed when all of the steam holes are filled with wax. Go to a thrift store like Goodwill and find a cheap used iron for waxing, or go to Walmart and buy one of their $10 irons. Ideally you want one that doesn't have any holes in the bottom, but if it's only going to be used for waxing your board it doesn't really matter.