To Wax On and Wax Off
solids, liquids, the list goes on and on. I'm surprised
they haven't found a way to put wax right in the snow
yet. For a good wax job (tee hee) you have to spend
some time to do a proper job. All you need is ski wax
and an old iron, or hair dryer, or if you need your
parents permission, you'd better get it now, then check
out the tutorial.
Special note: Many, many
expert skiers say that the spray and rub-on waxes seem
to work just as well, but not near as long. The plus
is that if the weather changes, you can re-wax in seconds.
The minus is that you may have to re-wax several times
in a day. Take it from an avid skier and ex-ski patroller,
if you like to go fast, or look good, wax your planks.
are the easiest way to wax you skis or boards. It's
just a matter of spraying or rubbing it on, and then
maybe off again. (pic #1) That's it. Any
variations will be on the label.
an Iron or hair dryer. (old irons are preferable)
for deep gouges or scratches.
- If you
do find any deep cuts in the bottom of your ski or
board, you'll have to use a special wax to fill them.
iron, or get ready to draw your hair dryer.
out your stick of hard wax. The one you bought at
a store, not the one in your pants. Um, if you have
- If you
have to repair gouges this technique is the same.
Use the iron or hair dryer to slowly melt the wax
or repair stick, dripping it onto the bottom surface.
(pic #2) For repairs, drip the special wax
right into the crevice of the cut, until it is filled
up. For a hummer of a wax job, make sure the wax is
dripping at a steady pace, distributing a nice even
wax surface. You don't need to have the wax dripping
everywhere, just enough to completely cover the surface.
when it hardens in a few minutes, take you handy ski
scraper (board scrapers are much wider), and fairly
gently and evenly scrape along the entire length surface
(toe to heel), and remove the excess wax. Continue
this until the surface is smoother and even. Run your
fingers along the bottom to feel for bumps. The idea
is to remove the imperfections in the wax, but the
wax must still completely cover the bottom surface.
the edges, and your done. Make sure you choose the
right type of wax. i.e.: different waxes for different
the surface with a buffer or special buffing rag,
if you need that ultimate finish. (pic #3)