Firstly, I would like to start by saying "YES" you can wax your handboard! In fact, that was kind of what we had in mind all along for grip on our boards. It is good to keep your board waxed, or as I am sure you have found out, it can get quite slippery when there is no grip. Try our Kung-Fu Grip.
Waxing a handboard has, to me, something methodical and somewhat relaxing about it. I love taking the old wax off my board and replacing it. So we thought we would show you how to make your own wax., which is an equally awesome undertaking. The process is the same as making wax for your surfboard, but we are a handboard company, so that is what we make it for. It is a fun process! So get a beer, set some time aside and get down to it.
Make sure you have everything before you start. If you are, like me, and a bull in china shop, you will come unstuck and have hard wax everywhere. Just a warning!
We like to keep it simple and eco-friendly and use beeswax, coconut oil, and tree resin.
Most of the ingredients you will need are easy to find in large shops that sell home, bath, or decorating stuff. For the molds and newspaper, check your local coffee shop, or drink coffee and keep the cups. Beeswax should be pretty cheap, while coconut oil can be expensive However, Trader Joe's sells a relatively cheap version. Whole Foods sells some too if you want to spend your "whole paycheck.” Buying in quantity will reduce your overall cost. Tree resin is harder to buy, but if you're in a jam, you can always cut into a tree to extract some. Make sure you own the tree. Your neighbor will be pissed if you start tapping his beloved pine!
Once you have all your ingredients at hand, you are ready to start. It's easy, just pay attention and don't skip any steps.
Decide if you want to make warm water wax or cold water wax. The process is fairly similar, but you will have to make separate batches for both. If you use cold water wax in warm water, it will flake off and vice versa.
60 to 70 % Paraffin 15 to 20 % Microcrystalline 5 to 10 % Petroleum Jelly A dash of dye and scent.
These ratios are used to take into account if you are making warm water or cold water wax.
Colder water: Increase the amount of petroleum and reduce the amount of wax. Petroleum makes the wax softer.
Warm Water: Reduce the amount of petroleum and increase the wax. The wax will keep the wax from melting in warmer water.
Again, decide on warm or cold water wax, depending on your region.
Warm Water: All you need is Bee's Wax and Coconut Oil. The scents from these will already smell awesome, so no need for extra smell. You can put in color, too.
It can be a lot more time consuming and expensive than your average bar of wax bought over the counter at your local surf store. However, it's a fun process with friends or by yourself, and you get to be a lot more conscious of the products you use. If you are using the eco method, your wax is completely 100% natural and eco-friendly. What a bonus!!!! Now, go make some. If you don’t want to go to all the trouble, you could just place Kung-Fu grip on it.
Surf, Surf, Surf till’ you die.