How to Wax a Snowboard – Complete Waxing Guide

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Waxing your snowboard regularly can increase the life of your board and increase speed. First you will want to decide what wax you will need. There are waxes for cold temperatures, warm temperatures, and universal (both temperatures). If you are going to be using your board all season in warm and cold temperatures, I recommend going with universal wax. Now that you know what wax you will be using, lets get to waxing.


  1. Rubbing alcohol or base cleaner
  2. Wax
  3. Iron
  4. Plastic Scraper
  5. Brush
  6. Cloth for polishing

Prepare Snowboard Base

Set you snowboard base side up using a snowboard stand or leveling it out with books or household items. If the board is visibly dirty, then wipe the base down with a cloth. Apply the base cleaner or rubbing alcohol to the base of the snowboard and apply evenly across the board. Then allow to dry before applying wax.

Apply Wax

I recommend using a wax iron, but a household iron will work also, just be sure to not use it to iron your clothes after.

  1. Turn the iron on and set the temperature to the correct setting for whichever wax you are using. ( Lower temp for softer wax, warmer temp for harder wax) The iron temperature will often be displayed on the wax packaging.
  2. Hold the iron 2-4 inches above the board and gently press the corner of the wax onto the iron and drip the wax to cover the base of the board completely. I usually start with the edges then use a zig zag pattern to cover the middle of the base.
  3. Using your iron spread out the wax using circular motions across the base evenly. Be sure to keep moving the iron along the base, don’t hold it in one spot for too long. You will want a consistent thin layer of wax across the whole base. Apply more wax to thinner areas on the board.
  4. Allow the wax the cool indoors for about 30 minutes to an hour before scraping.

Scraping and Brushing

  1. Use your plastic scraper to scrape off the wax. Hold the scraper at a 45 degree angle and scrape the wax from the nose to the tail of the board. Scrape off all visible wax, ( the wax will be absorbed into the pores of the base) so don’t be afraid to scrape off too much wax.
  2. Scrape the wax off the metal edges, some plastic scrapers will come with a small notch for the edges.
  3. Using your brush, brush the base of the board from nose to tail. Doing so will decrease friction and allow for better speed on the slopes.

That’s all! Now your board has a fresh layer of wax and is ready for the slopes!

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