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sometimes more wax is actually worse. you need to use just enough to cover the board. also set your iron at proper temp and work it in slowly.
the board needs to warm up to allow wax to spread evenly.
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sometimes more wax is actually worse. you need to use just enough to cover the board. also set your iron at proper temp and work it in slowly.

the board needs to warm up to allow wax to spread evenly.

Technically you can just crayon the wax on, as it is just enough to cover the board

However, this means with such a thin layer, it is harder to work the wax in slowly. You need the thermal layer of the wax

Like I said, there is a sweet spot in just enough wax and just plain wasting wax
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I once waxed a board when it was 10 degrees out, it was awful. Don't even try it. I run the iron over the base quickly before dripping wax on to keep it up to temperature. Then drip along the board in a zig zag pattern and quickly start ironing. If you pay too much attention to spreading in just one area the rest gets cold, so don't try to be thorough to one spot just yet. Once you coat the whole thing then pay attention to spots missed. I generally put my attention to the first 2" from the edge.

As far as scraping is concerned, yes too much wax is bad. However too little wax and you'll need another wax by mid day. I know cause I've done it, however it was an absolute rocket down the mountain. Wax enough times and you'll learn when to stop scraping. I always finish with running a scouring pad vertically from tip to tail never lifting and keeping even pressure.

NOT ALL WAXES ARE CREATED EQUAL! This is a big one because I once asked a rental shop if I could buy some of their wax since for some damn reason nobody in town had bars in stock. I swear it stuck to the snow like glue. You could bomb a run and be going as fast as you normally would at a leisurely carving pace. I've used SWIX wax and thought it was good, but not nearly as good as the Dakine wax I've used. Just food for thought.
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What Swix wax was it?

What Dakine wax did you use?

All hydrocarbon?
was there Fluoro?

What temp range wax was it?

What temperature were the conditions? Type of snow?

Wax can be very complex and it's more than just brand of wax
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What Swix wax was it?
HF8 red. Just used it again today waxing 3 boards because I have the massive brick and I'm out of Dakine.

What Dakine wax did you use?
Dakine Indy Cake

All hydrocarbon?
was there Fluoro?
Supposedly fluorocarbon in both of them.

What temp range wax was it?
All temp which is like mid 20's to mid 30's IIRC.

What temperature were the conditions? Type of snow?
30 degrees fahrenheit, dry snow.

Wax can be very complex and it's more than just brand of wax.
It can indeed be very complex. Someone said use a hydrocarbon cold temp base for hardness, then scrape it down and wax the board again with a hydro fluorocarbon of the correct temperature?

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