How to Wax a Snowboard


Wax is a critical performance enhancer for snowboards. A quality wax job increases speed and maneuverability. The board does not stick and it rides smoothly with a fresh coat of wax. Wax wears with use and dedicated boarders apply a fresh layer several times each season. This is an important maintenance procedure that is easily completed in the home. Many board shops offer waxing as a service but the material costs are low and completing your own wax saves money in the long run.

Things You'll Need

  • Rag
  • Base cleaner
  • All-temperature wax
  • Wax iron
  • Scraper
  • Nylon brush
  • Place the board on a flat, stable surface where working is comfortable. Spray the board with a non-toxic base cleaner and wipe it down with a rag. The base cleaner is readily available through winter sports shops. Scrub the board to remove all dirt, grime and stains.

  • Dry the base of your board with paper towels. Thoroughly rub the board with paper towels to completely dry and remove any excess dirt.

  • Plug in your wax iron and turn it on to heat the bottom. Push the bar of wax against the iron to melt the wax. Drip a bead of wax around the entire edge of the base. Make a zigzag pattern on the entire surface of the base. Use a moderate amount of wax to prevent the need for labor intensive scraping.

  • Press the iron against the board and work the iron over the entire surface to spread the wax evenly and work it into the board. Spend several minutes working the board with the iron. Leave the board to cool for 1-hour.

  • Hold your board scraper with the notch against the edge of the board. Pull the scraper around the entire edge to remove the wax from the edge. Press the scraper against the base and apply pressure while pulling. Pull the scraper over the entire base to remove all of the wax.

  • Run a nylon brush along the entire base to smooth the wax and remove any grooves that have formed. A horsehair brush is also acceptable for fine tuning the wax.

Tips & Warnings

  • Scrape all of the wax from the board for the best performance. The remaining wax is absorbed into the pores during application.
  • Be careful if you substitute a clothes iron for the wax iron. Use a medium setting and lower the heat if any smoking is present. Clothes irons are often too hot and may damage the board.

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