This tutorial will help you get your skis and snowboard ready for the off season storage. You will learn how to properly clean and storage wax your skis or snowboard for the upcoming summer.
As another great snowboard and ski season winds down. Many of us start making fewer trips to the mountain and pretty soon we have forgot all about our precious equipment. So before we start waxing our surfboards we need to do a final cleaning and storage wax for the summer on our skis or snowboard. Here is how!
First off you will want to clean all the dirt and grime off the board. End of season snow can carry a lot of contaminants that can penetrate the base of your equipment and lodge themselves into the base if not removed now.
To clean the base you will want to use the Hot Scrape Technique.
- Use a soft wax like a warm temp wax hold against your iron dripping from tip to tail in a zigzag pattern.
- Once you have dripped a good amount of wax onto the base you now want to smooth it out slowly working from tip to tail. Making sure the hot liquid wax coats the complete base. Make about five to six slow passes. This should bring most of the dirt and debris to the hot wax. Be careful not to let the iron sit in one spot for too long or you can destroy your base. Rule of thumb is keep it moving. The iron that is.
- While the wax is still hot and in a liquid state using a sharp wax scraper start scraping all the wax off moving from tip to tail. Once all wax has been scraped off you finish the cleaning process by running a rag or fine fibertex pad from tip to tail. Once the base has cooled its a good idea to follow up with the scraper a couple more times and then brush well with brass or bronze brush.
Now it time to apply the storage/summer wax.
Use a base prep wax or colder temp wax something in the (10º – 20º F) range and hold against your iron dripping from tip to tail in a zigzag pattern. Using a harder wax will keep the summer heat from melting it and also keep foreign contaminants from penetrating your storage wax. Don't use too hard of wax or it will make it difficult to scrape come next season.
Once you have dripped a good amount of wax onto the base you now want to smooth it out slowly working from tip to tail. Making sure the hot liquid wax coats the complete base in a nice thick layer. Now you're all done. Don't scrape this coat until you are ready to shred next winter.
Drip the warm wax on to the base.
Drip the wax in a zigzag pattern.
Scrape the wax while its still warm.
Use cloth or fibertex pad to finish cleaning.
Drip the storage wax onto your base.
Iron the storage wax on in a nice thick coat.