How to Apply Snowboard Wax

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Before applying snowboard wax, make sure that the snowboard is clean of debris. Discover how to dispense and scrape wax on a snowboard with help from the manager of a snowboard store in this free video on snowboarding gear and equipment.

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In this clip, we're going to go over how to wax your snowboard. First, you want to make sure that your snowboard base is clean of debris. Any dirt, horse hair, dog poo, whatever. Whatever you might encounter in your snowboard adventure. Make sure the base is nice and clean. So after you've wiped your board free of gunk, basically you want to have a universal iron, and your universal wax. Your wax might be different for whether it's a cold day, warm day, depending on the color. This is universal, it's good for cold and warm. You want to dispense it evenly through the board, basically making nice even drips. By doing nice even drips, you won't have too much building up, and that gives you more to scrape off on down the line. So once it's evenly dripped, you want to basically dispense it evenly over the board. Dispensing it evenly over the board, you want to make sure that your iron's not too hot and also not in a position too long, constantly keeping the iron moving. What we're basically doing is warming up the base, opening up the pores of the board... gets the wax to bond to the board a lot better, and it'll stay on the board a lot longer, not having to wax it near as much. Basically using long, even strokes running from the tip to the tail. That'll help keep the board from getting too warm in one spot and also, again, evenly dispersing the wax throughout the board, making it easier to scrape. Alright, once you've got it nice and smooth, now we just want to unplug our iron and at this point we need to let the base cool for our next step, which would be scraping. So after waxing, wait five to ten minutes, feeling the board, making sure it's cold to the touch, and now you're ready to scrape. Scraping normally happens from the nose to the tail in a nice, even swoop, and what you're doing is trying to hit all the high spots, getting the majority of the wax off the board to make your buffing a lot easier. Some spots might have a little bit more, some might have a little bit less, so you're going to adjust your pressure on your scraper accordingly. So once you've gotten your board nice and scraped... it's even, the wax has brought out the color of the board, a bright, vibrant black, you just want to take off any wax that might be along the edges. Again, showing the edges are nice and shiny... sharp. Your next step is buffing. Buffing is the final step where it makes it the smoothest. It's what makes the board slide the fastest. So again, starting from the nose and going to the tail, you're just evening out any high points, again, using a little bit of elbow grease, making it really really stand out and pop. Makes the board look beautiful, keeps you riding fast. The overall goal is to have the smoothest base with the correct wax for the conditions... makes you slide faster on the snow, reducing the amount of friction between the board and the snow.

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