How to wax a snowboard

How do you wax and sharpen your snowboard?

Choosing the right snowboard is essential. But in order to perform well and providing the rider with good sliding sensations, you must regularly up-keep your snowboard.

Snowboard waxing, which involves coating the sole of the snowboard with a waxy substance (wax) to protect it, is recommended approximately every 10 outings to maintain the sliding quality. It is also preferable to wax your board at the end of the season, in order to store it in optimal conditions, without deterioration. As for the edges, essential element for grip on snow, they must be  sharpened 1 to 2 times per season

Follow this guide for a good up-keep of your snowboard in 5 steps!

1. Cleaning the board
2. Sharpening the snowboard
3. Choice of wax adapted to the board
4. Waxing
5. Storage of the snowboard

cleaning a snowboard

1/ Cleaning the board

First and foremost, it is essential to clean the sole of the snowboard, where dust, tar and wax residue accumulate; if you wax on top of the dirt, it may become embedded in the base. It is possible to use, using a soft cloth, acetone to clean the base (as it tends to dry out, it is advisable to carry out the waxing immediately after cleaning).

Paraffin to remove wax can also be used, along with yellow wax, making sure to scrape off the excess wax of it will need to be scraped off.

sharpening the snowboard

2/ Sharpening the edges of the snowboard

To know if the edges are sharp, just run a fingernail over them: if the nail is not scratched, the edges need to be sharpened!

Regular back-and-forth movements with a sharpener positioned on the edges, from the nose to the heel, will make them operational again.

Passing a stone will then make it possible to remove any metal deposits that have formed.

snowboard waxing

3/ Waxing the snowboard

Once the base of the snowboard has been cleaned well, the waxing iron can be heated. Then, the wax cake is applied to the iron, so as to melt slightly, creating droplets. These droplets are then applied evenly over the base (for example by creating an figure 8 movement), then "ironed over" using the waxing iron. 

Be careful not to stay more than a few seconds in the same place with the iron, the base may be damaged!

Once the wax is applied, leave to rest for 30mins, overnight is even recommended. Once the base has cooled, scraping and then brushing will remove excess wax. When storing at the end of the season, the brushing step is not necessary: it is indeed preferable to leave the wax layer on the snowboard until the next season, so to protect it better.

The different types of wax

The types of wax to use depend on the type of snow, the outside temperatures and the discipline. (special wax for competitions, for example).

  • Yellow wax

    For temperatures between-6°C and +20°C

    Ideal for warmer days

  • Universal wax

    For temperatures between -8°C to +15°C

    Versatile wax
    Adapts to all conditions

  • Red wax

    For temperatures between -14°C and -4°C

    The use duration is more important

  • Blue wax

    For temperatures between -25°C and -12°C

    For colder days
    Considered as a booster wax designed for short durations

  • Competition waxes

    More concentrated in surface-active agents

    Reserved for the professionals

Dreamscape tip:

Remember to ventilate the room when you apply your wax, so as not to breathe in toxic vapour!

Storage snowboard

4/ Storing the snowboard

Drying the edges well at the end of each session using a soft cloth helps protect it from rust. A brush can be used to remove snow left on the base and bindings, so that the board is no longer wet. It is advisable to store it, with the wax layer not removed, in a dry shelter and indoors until the following year!

Can i take care of my snowboard on my own?

It is possible to carry out the maintenance of your snowboard yourself, using a few tools and some equipment:

- Removing wax
- Wax
- Wax iron
- Plastic scraper
- Bronze brush
- Sharpener
- File 

In the case of a doubt, you can also entrust us with your equipment!

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