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How to wax a surfboard

To wax your surfboard you'll need two things: basecoat wax and topcoat wax. On our product description pages you can see the temperatures of water for each type of wax. Our Tropical wax is also a base coat wax.

Step 1. 

If you're waxing a new board go straight to step 2. If you're rewaxing an old board, you first need to remove all the wax. Scrape all the wax off with a wax comb or something similar. Often a thin film of wax is left behind, to remove this you may need a wax cleaning solvent. Once the board looks shiny you can begin.

Step 2. 

The base coat is the most important part of waxing a board. It creates the foundation that the topcoat is added to. Overtime the top coat will wear away but the basecoat should stay. You will only need to apply base coat when you're waxing your board from scratch. Basecoat is a harder wax, so you'll need to push down harder for it to start applying to the board. 

The ultimate end goal of waxing your board are lots of small bumps of wax.

Using the basecoat, use any of these techniques to start to create the bumps.

Diagonal strokes

Up and down strokes

Cross strokes

Swirling motion

 

Step 3.

Once the basecoat has been applied, you'll need to then apply the topcoat. The type of topcoat wax you use will be based on the temperature of the water where you regularly surf. At Sticky Bird we have wax for warm and cold water.

Use any of the above techniques to continue to build small bumps.