Snowboarding is a wonderful sport that many people really enjoy. With that said, though, it is a sport that does require regular board upkeep and maintenance.
As a snowboarder, one of the things you will definitely have to learn is how to wax a snowboard.
Waxing your board is a vital part of caring for your snowboard and of ensuring you can engage in the sport safely and correctly.
The good news is that learning how to wax a snowboard isn’t all that hard either- especially not if you can follow a few simple tips.
Do You Really Need to Know How to Wax a Snowboard?
Before we dive into how to wax a snowboard, you may be wondering if waxing is really necessary. Some people think it’s just a silly suggestion, but nothing could be further from the truth.
Waxing your board is important for a great many reasons. First of all, you’re going to have a hard time really sliding on the snow like you should if your board isn’t freshly waxed. And, when you can’t slide the right way, you’ll probably find yourself getting stuck a lot, which is really going to ruin your fun on the snow. It’s also going to ruin any chance you have of winning if you’re snowboarding competitively.
Waxing will improve your snowboarding experience. It will also protect your snowboard itself and helps it to last for long. Snowboards often have an issue with the base drying out. If not prevented, it can lead to cracking and other problems. Waxing your snowboard will hydrate and strengthen it and allow it to last longer.
Another major reason to wax your snowboard regularly is that waxing is going to help it to go fast. Do you enjoy speeding down the snow and feeling like you’re flying? (and who doesn’t?), waxing your board is of the utmost importance.
It All Starts with a Waxing Iron
So, now that you understand the importance of waxing your snowboard, it’s time to learn how to do it.
You’ll want to start with a waxing iron. This can be any iron that you have on hand. Some people will tell you that you have to drop big bucks on a specialty iron, but this is not the case.
Just make sure that the iron you choose is not one you plan to or need to use on your clothes. You won’t be able to use the iron for ironing clothes once it has been used for wax, so keep that in mind.
Take Off Your Board's Bindings
Once you’ve got a waxing iron that you can use, it’s time to get down to business.
You’ll want to start by removing or at least loosening the bindings off your board. If you don’t do this, you can end up warping and potentially ruining your base by exposing it to heat.
So, with a screwdriver, carefully remove the bindings. If you’d rather not take them all the way off, then at least loosen them to the point that you don’t have tension in your screws.
Once the bindings are properly removed or loosened, you’re ready to progress to the next step.
Start Dripping the Wax Onto the Board Edge
After removing the bindings, you are ready to heat your iron and then press the wax from the iron onto the snowboard.
You can drip a line of wax to the edge closest to you to get started. The wax line should go over the entire length of the board. Make sure that the iron is hot while you do this, but don’t allow it to get so hot that the wax smokes when it hits the board, as this can potentially be damaging to the board.
Once you have your line of wax, press the iron onto the snowboard and go over the drip line a few times, spreading the wax around as much as possible as you work. When you’re done, you can repeat these instructions on the other edge and then in the center of the board, working until the whole surface has been thoroughly waxed.
Let the Wax Seep into the Board
Once you are done with the actual waxing, it’s time to let the wax sit and seep into the board. For best results, try and let the wax sit for at least thirty minutes. It’s even better if you can let it sit overnight, but a half hour will work in a pinch.
After the waiting period is over, carefully scrape the wax, and you’re ready to go.
If you follow these helpful tips, you will get the job done right every time. As you can see, learning how to wax your snowboard isn’t difficult.
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