So let's say you've been surfing for awhile but it's time to renew that wax on your surfboard. Maybe you need to wax your board for a new climate, or you just prefer a cleaner look. Your surfboard can become covered in wax, making it slippery and less effective. How can you remove surfboard wax and get your board back in top shape? We talk about how to remove surfboard wax, and we'll explore the best methods for removing surfboard wax, ensuring that you can enjoy the ultimate surfing experience.

If you already done this step, make sure to read how to wax your surfboard.

Why is it important to remove surfboard wax?

Surfboard wax is applied to the deck of the board to provide traction and grip. Over time, the wax can build up and become dirty, making it less effective. Removing the wax not only improves the performance of your board but also allows you to apply a fresh coat of wax, ensuring optimal grip.

Method 1: Using a Wax Comb

One of the easiest ways to remove surfboard wax is by using a wax comb to a straight edge. Start by scraping the wax off the board using the straight edge of the comb. Apply firm pressure and work in small sections until all the wax is removed. Once the majority of the wax is gone, use the comb's teeth to remove any remaining residue.

You can also use a razor blade like painters use, but be careful not to hurt yourself. Only use a razor blade if you're confident you can handle it.

Method 2: Using a Hairdryer

If you don't have a wax comb, a hairdryer can be a handy tool for removing surfboard wax. Set the hairdryer to a low or medium heat setting and aim it at the wax. As the wax heats up, it will become soft and easier to remove. Use a cloth or paper towel, or even a card to wipe away the melted wax. Be careful not to overheat the wax or the board.

Method 3: Using Solvents

If the wax is particularly stubborn, you can use solvents to help break it down. Acetone or isopropyl alcohol are commonly used solvents for removing surfboard wax. Apply a small amount of the solvent to a cloth or paper towel and rub it onto the wax. The solvent will dissolve the wax, making it easier to wipe away. Remember to use solvents in a well-ventilated area and avoid contact with your skin by wearing gloves.

Method 4: Warm Water

A more natural method is to use warm water. Avoid using boiling water because you can damage your board and delaminate it. If you use boiling water, you run the risk of the fiberglass peeling off the foam, and this will create air bubbles in the board.

Pour the warm water on your board and start wiping away with a clean cloth. This method is my favorite to do because it doesn't use any harmful chemicals.

Final Thoughts

Removing surfboard wax is an essential part of surfboard maintenance. By using a wax comb, a hairdryer, solvents, or warm water you can easily remove the wax and restore your board's performance. Remember to clean your board regularly to ensure optimal grip and enjoy the thrill of riding the waves!

November 29, 2023 — MAVRICKS
Tags: Surf