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Old 09-17-2013, 05:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Thought I'd ask the masses on this since I'm needing new wax and saw all sorts of stuff. I do all my own work, waxing, edges, etc and I know that in surf wax land temp matters, but for snow? I'm in VA so typical NE weather range would suffice I guess. What does everyone else use and why? any special ingredients, do or dont's when it comes to choice?
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Temp matters on snow as well.

You can keep it simple with the all temp wax, or get wax for specific temps.

I go all purpose, cheap bulk wax from ebay except for really warn spring weather where I go with the warm wax again then cheap stuff.

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I use Hertel's Hot Sauce up in New England. Works great for my needs.
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Thought I'd ask the masses on this since I'm needing new wax and saw all sorts of stuff. I do all my own work, waxing, edges, etc and I know that in surf wax land temp matters, but for snow? I'm in VA so typical NE weather range would suffice I guess. What does everyone else use and why? any special ingredients, do or dont's when it comes to choice?
When you're waxing for speed.... it is a complex science. Air temperature matters, snow temperature matters, snow structure matters, etc.

Given that you're in VA, snow is typically man-made which is dirtier and more abrasive than natural fallen snow, so a colder, harder wax is more appropriate. All-temp wax is usually a good candidate for this.

What do I use? I use Racewax FluroMax All-temp for a little extra speed compared to regular Hydrocarbon wax

A nice general guide by Racewax

If you don't mind darkening the base a bit, try a wax with Molydbenum, as it will repel dirt to keep the base cleaner.

For base cleaning? Wax temp Hydrocarbon wax, using the hot-scrape method.
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Old 09-17-2013, 09:23 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I like to use One Ball Jay. All temp
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Old 09-18-2013, 12:58 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Temp matters on snow as well.

You can keep it simple with the red all temp wax, or get wax for specific temps.

I go all purpose, cheap bulk wax from ebay except for really warn spring weather where I go with the warm wax again then cheap stuff.
pretty sure red wax is from the flouro in it for warm/spring conditions, i think most all temp wax is white.
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pretty sure red wax is from the flouro in it for warm/spring conditions, i think most all temp wax is white.
I fixed my post, thanks for noticing
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pretty sure red wax is from the flouro in it for warm/spring conditions, i think most all temp wax is white.
no.. I don't think the red is from the fluoro.

Otherwise, the FluroMax all-temp would be red.

colors, except for black, are usually some form of dye.

many companies uses color primarily for means of easy identification of a product.
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I ride NE too, I use One Ball Jay. Two different waxes though: a "cold" wax, which is rated 5-20 degrees fahrenheit and a "warm" wax which is rated 20-35 degrees fahrenheit (or thereabouts).

I'll typically wax 4-5 times a season, depending. Normally I stick to one wax type but I've begun to mix them up and layer them during beginning and tail end of the seasons, when temps can fluctuate a bit more.
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