Got my iron, wax, base cleaner, and scraper in the mail today. So... Like any self-respecting nut I skipped the gym and spent a couple hours playing with my new board.
I used base cleaner and a scotchbrite pad to get it nice and clean, wiped it off with a couple paper towels and waxed that bitch. I didn't have any smoking or anything, but some of the wax turned kind of dark grayish and was smearing a little funny so I turned my iron down and hot scraped it to make sure I didn't leave any burnt wax behind. I then waxed it again because I hot scraped.
Some of the wax got a little dark again, but only on the one end which happens to be black. The base is extruded but die cut different colors I believe. Meh, anyway it looked like maybe it was picking up some color from the black part of the base. In any event I scraped the shit out of it, buffed it with a another scotchbrite pad (one with no cleaner on it duh) and then brushed it out. I did a pretty good job if I do say so myself (I have no frame of reference, but it looks way better than it did new
So, even in my n00bness I can tell there is a huge difference between a factory shit wax job and a (decent) hot wax...
In any event, it was all Zen and shit and I actually enjoyed it. Accept for the cleaning up all the fucking wax part anyway.
I also know what a dry base looks like now. The Kuu citrus cleaner shit took all the factory wax off really slick like and the base was all white and dry looking.
I'm not sure why anyone would read this, but hey whatever... Guess if you got this far you deserve a cookie.
[The above statement does not in fact constitute the offer of said "cookie".]