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Waxing Your Surfboard

February 12, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 147

Here's a quick tutorial on how to wax your surfboard. If you are waxing a used board, you will need to remove the old wax first. Any old wax left on the deck will make the new wax flake off faster. Do not leave the board out in the sun or use a hair dryer to soften the wax, this can damage the foam in the board and you don't want that! Use a scraper or the straight edge of your wax comb to scrape off the old wax. If the comb or scraper has a curved side, use that to scrape off the rails. After you scrape off the majority of the wax, use a wax remover and either a rag or paper towels to clean any wax residue off the board. You want a nice shiny clean board to apply your new coat of wax.

Time to apply the base coat. This is the most important step. You need a good solid base for your top coat to adhere to, so you can reapply the top coat as needed. You want to get a nice, bumpy pattern that hangs on tight and will last you awhile. The base coat wax is harder than the top coat so you will need to give it a little pressure to get it on there good. Some people like to apply the wax in small circles, other in diagonal lines that are perpendicular to each other. There is no right way or wrong way to do this, just whatever works for you and gives you a good bumpy surface to stand on.

The top coat wax is softer to allow some tack to give your feet a good grip. There are different types of top coats for warm and cooler waters, so be sure to get the right one for your area. Warm water wax is tackiest in warm water, while cold water wax stays sticky in cooler waters where others would harden up. The top coat is applied in the same way as the base, but it's softer, so use less pressure.

After you've gotten some use out of your board, you will need to comb the wax in diagonal lines, then go back and comb diagonally in the opposite direction. This will give you some extra grip in between waxing. Some wax will flake off in the water or even on your clothes so you may need to reapply the top coat in places if you get bald spots.

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