How to Wax a Snowboard

An easy to follow guide to keep your base smooth and fast.

As the snow season arrives, it’s time to maintain your board.

Although you can take your board over to your local snowboard shop for waxing, doing it yourself is actually simple.

The most common question we get is: How often should I wax my snowboard?
There are several views on that with many snowboarders recommending that you should wax your board after every three days of riding. The frequency of waxing though will depend on several factors such as the construction of your base, the conditions you will be riding in and how often you ride.
Let's put it simply, your snowboard needs to be waxed by how it feels, as well as how the base looks. The most common signs that it needs waxing is that the board slows down while on flat sections or if the base looks dry.

You will need:

  • Wax
  • Iron
  • Scraper
  • Structuring brush
  • Cloth

1. Loosen/remove the bindings

It is advised to loosen off or fully remove your bindings. This is so the binding screws aren’t near to the surface of the base, which when hot can conduct heat and cause permanent damage.

2. Clean the base

Make sure to remove old wax and dirt from the base so that the fresh wax can be absorbed properly. This can be done by using a base cleaner and cloth. 

3. Choose your wax

Depending to the temperature of the snow you will be riding choose the appropriate wax since some waxes are temperature specific. If in doubt, or you’re going to be riding in mixed conditions, pick an all-temperature wax.

4. Melt the wax

Warm up the iron to a medium heat and then hold the wax against the iron until it starts to melt the wax at a slow drip. Aim for an even coating of wax across the board. 

5. Iron the base

Place the iron on the base of the board and move it around in a circular motion. Cover the whole surface of the base, making sure to keep the iron moving so that the base of the board doesn’t get too hot. 

6. Let the wax cool

Leave the wax on the board around 20-30 minutes, until it has cooled down and set.

7. Scrap it off

Once the wax has cooled, hold your scraper at a 45 degree angle and carefully work from nose to tail, scraping off any excess wax. Long, continuous strokes are key for a smooth base.

8. Structure the base

Finally, use a structuring brush to brush the base from nose to tail. This removes any excess wax and exposes the structure of the base, which allows your board to run smoother and faster.