Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: North of Tampa, FL
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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.