The Problem with Online Advice Part Two – Waxing Your Board
I’ve done this before and I need to pick on these types of articles yet again, there really are some blatant assumptions made and in a lot of cases this causes people to make decisions and choices that are wrong. Researching the facts in here makes me understand exactly why they are wrong and in turn it helps you to understand that you just can’t believe everything you read.
The bad advice
You should always wax your snowboard base even if it’s a newer model with supposedly higher-tech base material. There are a number of benefits that come with waxing your board base. As well as providing you with a larger amount of control, your board will last a lot longer versus not waxing it. The wax will allow for a shielding type of coating for your base. If you are known for riding on artificial snow, then you should be aware that there are oils in the artificial snow that will mount up on your base. As time goes on, those oils will filter though your board and put a permanent film of sticky residue on it. A decent coat of base wax additionally safeguards against little dings and damage that can seriously obstruct the regular implementation of your ride.
Skiers and board riders should always be ready when their equipment simply doesn’t function as it should. You know what we mean if you’ve ever had those days.
You can wax on the spot if you’re ready with a bar of base wax. Your skis or board will sometimes have the wax peeled right off their base by the ice. A fast application of wax to your base is usually all you need when this happens. Hey, it’ll get you through the day, trust us. The best type of wax to use is a general purpose type that contains fluorine. What’s so special about fluorine? Easy, that’s what makes the wax slick and slippery -like a mouse’s lip. That way, your skis won’t stick to the snow but glide on it. It’s a lot more fun that way.
The Good advice
Backing up good advice with citations to show that knowledge is power and some people just blab useless, pointless information.
Things came to a halt for me in this article when they start talking about waxing newer model boards. Note that this is just the middle of the article, the beginning and end paragraphs have been cut out as I don’t have a beef with them.
All boards need wax, there are some “waxless” skis but you still need to apply glide wax to the tip and tail of these products. http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/glide+waxing+skis+snowboard.html
The point of waxing a board, is not just to protect the base. Your board has pores. The pores absorb the wax over time, this is why it is suggested that you wax up the layer and then leave it and don’t scrape it off in a hurry.
Artificial Snow in the most common occurrence is actually just a protein from a bacteria that allows snow to be created at higher temperatures. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snowmaking
There are no damaging oils used in this process (or at least there shouldn’t be) these would all be prohibitive in the freezing process anyway.
Waxing on the spot can be done with cold wax pastes such as Burtons Fluoro variety http://www.burton.com/mens-tools-tuning-fluoro-paste-wax-all-temp/229692,default,pd.html This is really not something that anyone should need to do in a normal day of riding, you can apply proper coatings of hot wax at night and cold wax applications will in theory, not give you as good a layer or last anywhere near as long.
As I have said before, follow expert advice and make sure to do your own research to make sure that people aren’t just making stuff up!
I have an article I posted a while back with dogfunks waxing guide, a good read and worth following. I do.