With winter fast approaching, it’s time to get your skis or board out of storage and waxed, ready for the season. Here at The Boot Lab we’ve just received this year’s first delivery of Butta wax, so in eight easy steps, here’s how to wax your own skis:
1. Get some Butta wax. We’re not just saying this because we sell it and it smells like bubblegum! There are several important reasons why we believe Butta wax is the best on the market. The wax is easy to apply, it’s fast and performs in a wide variety of snow conditions. But most importantly, it’s greener. Wax typically contains high levels of fluorocarbons. Butta have reduced the quantity used in their blocks, and in the case of the all new Eco wax, they’ve completely removed fluorocarbons from the recipe.
2. Place your skis on a stand. If you’re living in a ski resort for the winter, then you’re going to need to apply wax regularly and getting your hands on a stand will make this far easier. As Butta inventor Jim describes in the video below, a keyboard stand makes a great, affordable servicing table.
3. Clean the base with Butta’s super Eco Green Stuff Grime Buster. This will remove any old wax, dust and dirt. Apply this to a cloth and wipe the base of the ski until the whole surface is covered. Leave your skis on the stand and let them air dry.
4. Get yourself an iron, any iron will do. Pick one up at a secondhand store or use your mum’s old one. Whatever you do, make sure you don’t use it on clothes again unless you want some attractive grease stains! Set the iron to medium (around 90-120 degrees) and hold it above the ski. Touch the wax onto the iron and let the wax drip onto the ski. The packaging on a block of Butta comes with a handy diagram so you know roughly how much wax is needed. Each block is enough for around 10 standard waxes.
5. Gently move the iron along the length of the ski, making sure to spread the wax until it coats the entire surface. Don’t hold the iron in the same position for more than a couple of seconds, as it will begin to heat up the glues used in the ski’s manufacture!
6. Allow the wax to cool, for at least half an hour. If you have time then overnight would be better.
7. Use a wax scraper to remove the excess wax. Scrape from the tip to the tail of the skis, with long, smooth strokes. Make sure you use a plastic scraper and not a metal one. A metal scraper will cut into the base of the skis.
8. To finish, use a brush to remove the last of the wax, so that your ski is ready for that first run. Et voila…… finished.
Butta make several different waxes for different riding conditions, below is a brief description for each.
The all NEW Butta Pro Formula Wax. A special blend of high in hydrocarbon, low in fluorocarbon wax, environmentally and user friendly! Super hard and super slippy! Ride what their pros are, an iron on, scrape off wax. Each block is enough for around 10 standard waxes. Iron temp: (around 90-120 degrees).
A high in hydrocarbon, low in fluorocarbon wax, environmentally and user friendly! Butta Original is an iron on, scrape off wax. Each block is enough for around 10 standard waxes. Iron temperature should be set low (around 90-120 degrees).
High in hydrocarbon, low in fluorocarbon, so much better for the environment and the user. Rub it on, scrape it off. Ideal for that midweek wax job, or use at the end of the holiday as a storage wax.
And finally our favourite the 100% environmentally friendly Butta. NO flouro-carbons! An iron on, scrape off wax. Each block is enough for around 10 standard waxes. Iron temperature should be set low (around 90-120 degrees). Butta Eco can also be used as a rub on wax.
So that’s how you wax your own skis, watch the video below to see Butta founder Jim in action.