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Old 09-14-2007, 01:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok so I got a board and I am going to do my own wax. My problem? There are an endless supply of different kinds and brands of wax. Where do I even start. I figure I need an all temperature wax (I live in Minnesota the temperature changes in the blink of an eye)but what on earth do I get? Is there a certain brand that is superior to others or should I just go find a cheap wax and use it. Am I going to notice a huge difference between a different waxes.

How many waxes am I going to get off of (lets say) a 5 oz block.

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Old 09-14-2007, 03:39 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Ok so I got a board and I am going to do my own wax. My problem? There are an endless supply of different kinds and brands of wax. Where do I even start. I figure I need an all temperature wax (I live in Minnesota the temperature changes in the blink of an eye)but what on earth do I get? Is there a certain brand that is superior to others or should I just go find a cheap wax and use it. Am I going to notice a huge difference between a different waxes.

How many waxes am I going to get off of (lets say) a 5 oz block.

Thanks.
Yes, for now start off with an all-temperature wax. Seeing as you live in the US look for Bluebird wax (I imported some from the US and was quite impressed with it). You should be able to find it in a skateboard/snowboard shop, possibly even at a big box sporting goods store, and most certainly online. If you go to their website I think they even have a "dealer locater" available. Mileage of your wax depends on how you apply it. Rubbing it on your base like a big crayon before ironing it in will last the bar for quite a few wax jobs but not as much wax is absorbed into the base, so you have to do it more often and it can become a pain in the ass. The preferred method is to melt the bar on an iron base and drizzle it on your board. You get more wax absorption but obviously the trade-off is more wax is used.
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Old 09-14-2007, 05:34 PM   #3 (permalink)
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little question im a bit curious



When u scrape the wax off, cant u collect the excess and after a couple times melt it back into 1 piece of wax to re-use. Sounds stupid, but if its possible, why not. Only place i can get wax from is online. Nearest snowboard shop is 3 hours ride away
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Kieran, we had a talk about this on sb.com AGES ago, and if I remember correctly, we decided it was a bad idea because the wax particles break up with the repeated ironing.
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just a note: using a hot wax will give you the best preformance... rub on and spray waxes are alright if you need a quick fix on the hill but, just aren't as good.
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When u scrape the wax off, cant u collect the excess and after a couple times melt it back into 1 piece of wax to re-use. Sounds stupid, but if its possible, why not. Only place i can get wax from is online. Nearest snowboard shop is 3 hours ride away
Muahahaha!!!! I've ATTEMPTED this when I first started waxing my own boards, and it was a very shortlived idea. Too much garbage gets into your wax shavings and it becomes one hell of a mess. Never again. Instead I bought around 30 bars of Kuu Banff Ice off ebay for around $20 (saving around $280).
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ok so its a no-go :P


Cheers for clearing that up guys xD



Ill stay away from the idea then
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Any other recomendations on some good wax that isn't to expensive?

Edit: Is ski and board wax pretty much interchangeable or is there a difference? Can I use ski wax on a snowboard?

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For wax, I honestly say, go into any generic sports shop and buy all temp wax, cold temp wax, and warm wax, and mix as needed. Unless you're a racer of some sort, then the brand of wax really doesn't matter. Though if you are going to be environmentally friendly, look at companies like Blue Bird that makes soy wax.
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Any other recomendations on some good wax that isn't to expensive?

Edit: Is ski and board wax pretty much interchangeable or is there a difference? Can I use ski wax on a snowboard?
If it is wax for alpine skis sure but avoid cross-country ski stuff. Swix and Toko make really good wax so if you have that available then go for it. Please keep in mind that if you buy flourocarbon based waxes to WEAR A RESPIRATOR and don't smoke while your using it (wash your hands after waxing before striking one up or just quit smoking altogether if you do). I know that wax may seem expensive but if you use it sensibly you can get through the year on 3 or 4 bars if you ride alot (over 150 days a year for this rider and I'll go through 7 bars between 3 snowboards although the other two do not put in as much time as I do... which is probably why my relationship is falling apart ). Some ski shops sell wax in huge ugly bricks. just ask them for an all temp. I don't know how much you ride but it might last you a stupid length of time!
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