How To Make Your Own Surfboard Wax

Why purchase your surf board wax when you can easily make your own at home?

When you think of riding the waves on a surfboard, you might think that a board is all you need. Basically, that is correct, but you're also going to need some assistance to help keep your feet planted on top of the board. It will also help you have more fun because it will provide an area of traction on the board for when you're lying on your stomach. So, even when you're lying on your stomach, paddling out to the ocean, it will help you stay on the surfboard better.

You can purchase many types of surfboard wax, but you can easily just make your own instead! The materials are easy to find; they're not expensive, and the entire process doesn't take that long either.

The first step to make your own surfboard wax is to purchase some paraffin pellets. You will want to use pellets instead of blocks of paraffin because they melt down quicker. You can usually find these at your local pharmacy. You will also need to purchase some calcium carbonate and some petroleum jelly. If you choose, you can also purchase a container of scent and some coloring to make your surfboard wax colored, and to make it smell good too. But, it's not necessary; the coloring and the scent won't help the wax work any better.

The second step is to round up an old, large cooking pot. When you make your own surfboard wax, you will want to make a large batch at a time so you have plenty of wax on hand. Now, seventy per cent of the formula will be the paraffin pellets, while the other thirty per cent will consist mainly of the calcium carbonate. The petroleum jelly will be added too, to help soften the wax and calcium carbonate. Otherwise, without the jelly, the surfboard wax would be rock hard!

The third step is to place the old, large cooking pot on your stovetop. Pour in a couple pounds of the paraffin pellets. Turn the heat on an extremely low setting. A word of caution: never heat paraffin on high heat because it can start a fire! Pour in a half-pound of the calcium carbonate into the old pot, and use an old, long spoon to begin to stir the mixture. You must continue to stir the mixture constantly so that it doesn't scorch or burn. Stirring also helps the mixture to melt faster and more evenly.

After the mixture has started to melt down a little, the next step is to add enough of the petroleum jelly so the mixture is now sticky, but rather smooth. Keep stirring the mixture constantly with the old, long spoon. When the paraffin, the calcium carbonate, and the petroleum jelly have all melted down completely, you can move on to the next step.

The fifth step in this process is to add in the coloring and the scent, if you choose to. Again, these two ingredients won't make your surfboard wax either better or worse. It will only make it more attractive looking and smelling. If you surfed the waves some years ago, you might recall purchasing the surfboard wax that was on the market then. It was usually a purple - colored, fruity - smelling wax that looked and smelled like grape soda.

The sixth step is to shut off the heat, and remove the old, large cooking pot from your stovetop. You will either need some metal molds, or, if you don't have any of those, you can substitute an old muffin pan, or even a metal ice cube tray. Space them out on a counter top with several layers of old newspaper spread out underneath. Then, use a pair of heavy oven mitts to lift and hold the cooking pot while you carefully pour the hot, melted wax into each mold or muffin tin. A word of caution: Pour the hot wax slowly so it doesn't spatter onto your skin. Use a metal spoon to scrape the rest of the mixture from the pan.

Finally, let the mixture set undisturbed. Once it cools and hardens, you can remove the blocks of surfboard wax from the molds, pan, or tray. Store them in a cool, dry place away from sunlight.

Grab your surfboard and a block or two of your own surfboard wax, and you are ready to ride the waves!

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