||11-18-2012 10:49 PM
My Waxing Iron
So this year I decided to start doing my own equipment maintenance. I purchased all the necessary waxing and tuning supplies, read threads, and browsed videos. To try and get a feel for things I waxed my old board from a couple years ago that I don't really use anymore, save for days with bad conditions or to hit backyard jibs with. I believe it has an extruded base.
Anyway, I noticed that the wax didn't seem to be liquefying quite like I expected. It just didn't seem to spread out very easily or melt like I thought it would. I dripped wax up and down the board as I saw in many videos and thought I put a good amount, but not too much because it would just be more to scrape off after.
Should it take a very long time for an iron to melt the wax fully? When I would run my iron over the wax (a cheap regular iron, about 10$) it would feel as if i were just running it over dried wax bumps and it took many passes for it to melt down. Should I get a new iron? The temp I was using was in between cotton and wool setting, between 4 and 5 on my 6 temp iron. If the iron is turned all the way to 6 it will start smoking so I did not raise the temperature beyond 4.5.
I made sure to always keep the iron moving as to not damage the board. The wax I was using was made by OneBallJay, which didn't seem to be the issue at all.
Anyway, should I upgrade my iron? Any input is great.