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Old 02-20-2011, 12:58 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So I have a new Never Summer SL on the way. This will be my first time waxing, and with a new board I have some questions.

I'm planning on buying a waxing iron, brass brush, nylon brush, horse hair or some sort of soft brush, some scotch pads, a plexi scraper, and perhaps some felt on a block. I don't mind throwing an extra 15 min of work in to do it right, I've been known to be anal and overkill in the past...

So I was thinking that since the factory wax is generally considered to be below average by most, that perhaps a hot scrape to get the factory wax out of my board would be best? Followed by 2-3 waxes? If I do this, do I just apply one coat of wax, scrape, buff... apply 2nd the same way and then the 3rd with a buff then brush tip to tail with the nylon then soft brush ? I've read the sticky and watched the videos, but not sure how to go about prepping the base after hot scraping to remove the factory stuff.

As far as wax I was looking at grabbing a brick of bluebird all temp, or hertel hot sauce all temp. Perhaps a brick of cold for the edges? Not sure. Next trip will be in the PNW at crystal and baker, and will be the last one of the season for me most likely. Normally I go to colorado, new mexico, canada, and once a year to PNW to visit my brother and board... so I figure all temp will cover me. I'm an intermediate, so I don't think I need to wax to temp, as I will see more from improving my skills than worrying about proper temp wax vs all temp.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 02-20-2011, 01:08 AM   #2 (permalink)
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No need to remove the factory wax. Just hot wax over it, the more wax your base absorbs the better. Cold wax usually isn't needed in the PNW, an all temp or warm wax, depending on conditions should work just fine. I've found that hertel hot sauce does perform pretty well in slushy conditions as well as down to 9 degrees(coldest temps i've used it in). My wax kit includes an iron, wax, plexi and metal scaper, stiff nylon brush, and scotchbrite pads.
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