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Old 10-22-2012, 11:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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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".]

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Old 10-22-2012, 11:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Gj. Now wax it again Daniel san
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In any event, it was all Zen and shit and I actually enjoyed it.
This is why I wax my board. Sometimes it's just nice to have some time alone in the garage with my baby.
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Old 10-23-2012, 10:46 AM   #4 (permalink)
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and then I waxed that bitch.
Line of the morning for me!

Well done sir. Keep waxing that ass!
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Waxing is my favorite ritual. A beer and a J for company, the evening before a pow day...checking the temps to decide the right wax, waiting for the coat to cool, scraping and brushing...and sometime corking too! Clean the edges, put bindings back on, finish the beer, and clean up.

Hint: a open paper bag at the end of the board and a large wall brush help contain the mess, clean as you go so you don't step on the scraped wax.
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I always say I am going to wax my own but I always wimp out and get to scared I'm going to mess my board up....how hard is it? lol
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Rider89,

Snowof and others have posted AMAZING guides to waxing your board. Just as long as you have the right tools for the job, everything should be fine. Your waxing your board, not doing baby brain surgery. Your board can handle it... Just as long as you use the right iron temp, should be no problems. If you aren't sure what you are doing, or you think are fucking it up, ask for help here or at your local board shop (REAL Board shop, not zumiez or those other mall stores)

Just do it bro!
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Dude it is stupid easy... Granted I spent enough dough getting all setup to pay someone else to do it like 8 times. However, I also have 2 lbs of wax and with that I can probably wax my board 50+ times.

Like you've already been told, there are plenty of vids on YouTube, check it out. I just watched the Art of Flight (cool vid) and TRice waxed a board in the opening scene. Dude is one of the top pros in the world and he was using a clothes iron. I would go that way if I had it to do again. My Toko is nice, but not really necessary.

Don't over think it. Just don't let the wax smoke and don't let the iron sit in one place. Keep it moving and it's all good. Oh, and when you think you are done scraping, scrape some more...

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Waxing is my favorite ritual. A beer and a J for company...
Shit, I knew I forgot something!...

As far as cleanup, I just scraped directly into the garbage can and used a dust pan brush to clean off my work bench in the garage and then swept the floor. I did step on a bit, but oh well.
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Shit, I knew I forgot something!...

As far as cleanup, I just scraped directly into the garbage can and used a dust pan brush to clean off my work bench in the garage and then swept the floor. I did step on a bit, but oh well.

(After cleaning)
Wax, wait, reheat, spread better, wait.
Scrape, collect, scrape more, clean edges, scrape again with old credit card. (depending on conditions, on colder days I leave quite a few on.
Brillo-pad-it or brush it, Cork it if you like, I do only on powder.
Bindings back on, board in the car...set alarm at 4:20 AM
Enjoy.
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