Do you need some waxes to support your skating tricks? Yes, you can buy waxes in the stores. However, how about making a DIY skating wax at home to save some bucks?
Don’t worry about where to start. We’ve prepared this hard part for you guys.
In this article, you’ll learn how to make skating wax easily in two ways. Only with a few ingredients like candles, paraffin, bee wax, cooking oil, an oven, a mold, you can create your wax for next skating.
And now, let’s get started!
How to Make Skating Wax?
Melting the Wax with an Oven
Step 1: Preheat Your Oven to 150 °F (66 °C) and Let it Warm up for About 5 Minutes
One characteristic of wax is a low melting point so that you should set the temperature low to prevent burning it. In case your oven doesn’t have many adjustment options, you should choose the lowest setting.
Although different waxes may have specific melting points, do not let the oven exceed 180 °F (82 °C).
Step 2: Cut Candles/Crayons into Small Pieces
The best way is to chop them into the same size to make it easier for the melting progress. If the candles/crayons have wrap-paper, you should pull it out.
There is no exact size to cut the candles/crayons. However, the smaller you cut them, the faster it will melt.
Step 3: Put the Prepared Wax into an Oven-safe Bowl
When choosing a container for the mixture, you should consider the size of the pot which contains the mix after melting. As you use the oven to melt your wax, please keep in mind to select the bowl with an oven-safe sign (often labeled on the bottom of the pot).
Step 4: Pour one Teaspoon of Cooking Oil in the Bowl
The purpose of the oil is to make it easier for your wax to rub on the skateboard. Vegetable oils are the first choice as they blend well with candles/crayons and create smoother surfaces for your board.
Be careful to put the right amount of oil. If you pour too much oil, your wax will be soft and shatterable.
Step 5: Set Oven to Melt the Mixture in 10 Minutes
Put the mixture in the oven and wait for 10 minutes. You should keep an eye on it to avoid burning. Also, please stir it well to make sure that the ingredients blend well.
Step 6: Place the Bowl of Melting Mixture into a Refrigerator
After melting the mixture in the oven, you should let the bowl cool off in 5 minutes before putting it uncovered in the fridge. Then, you wait until the liquid becomes hardened to the touch.
Don’t take it out early to prevent a brittle wax.
Step 7: Take Out the Solid Wax from the Bowl
Once the wax becomes firm, it’s available to use on your skateboard. To take out the wax from the bowl, you can sometimes pry the solidified wax by hand. But sometimes, it’s quite challenging to use a bare hand. You should use a knife to wedge it out.
Another smart way to pry out the wax is to heat the bowl a little to loosen the wax with its container.
If you want to bring the wax along, you’d better use a knife to cut it into smaller ones.
Making Use of a Paraffin Wax Bar
Step 1: Choose Pure Beeswax and Paraffin
In this method, you should use pure beeswax and paraffin to create the best homemade wax. The mixture of beeswax and paraffin will produce a similar wax to the one sold in the store.
A hardware store or a craft supply store can provide you good beeswax and paraffin. Also, feel free to check out online shops for easier and faster shopping. If you want coloring waxes for your bar’s customization, you can also get them there.
Step 2: Add Beeswax and Paraffin into a Metal Pot
You should put beeswax and paraffin into a metal pot which you can use on the stove, an oven, etc. Unlike method 1, you don’t have to slice the ingredients. However, cutting the waxes is recommended as it will save time for melting.
The best ratio for the perfect skating wax is 60% paraffin to 40% beeswax. Or, you can use each bar of the ingredients to melt as well.
However, bear in mind that paraffin is the critical ingredient to shape the final wax while beeswax may soften it. Therefore, you should avoid adding more beeswax than paraffin.
Step 3: Melt all the Ingredients
In this step, you heat the pot containing the ingredients with a stove, an oven, or a microwave. In the process, you should stir the liquid well to help them blend perfectly.
Step 4: Dye the Wax with Color (Optional)
You can customize the wax with the dying color. 100% natural dyes can keep the highest quality of the finished wax. Simply toss pieces of wax dyes into the mixture and stir them until it melts.
Be careful of over-dying the mixture. To avoid this, you’d better add a small amount, watch the mixture turn into the dye color, and adjust the amount until you are satisfied with the final color of the wax.
If you don’t mind the brownish color from beeswax, you could even exclude dyes from the mixture.
Step 5: Pour the Liquid into the Mold
Now, it’s time to shape the melted wax. You pour the liquid into molds or any containers and let it chill. Interestingly, cupcake wrappers and ice cube molds are excellent for making pocket-sized bars of wax. Other containers like metal cans and heat-resistant containers will work as well.
During this step, you may need potholders or oven gloves to avoid getting burnt as the pot is boiling.
In case of creating a huge batch, you can also use a measuring cup to scoop out the liquid and fill in the molds.
Step 6: Cool off the Mixture
After pouring out the liquid into the molds, you should let it cool off a little bit before placing the mixture into the refrigerator. Covering your hand is recommended to avoid getting burnt. Then, you leave the wax some time and wait until it solidifies.
The hardening time may vary depending on the amount of wax in the container. A larger bar will take a longer time in the refrigerator to become hardened.
Why Skaters Need Waxes?
Skaters practice many tricks which require some parts of the board like wheel or trucks to slide on different surfaces. Naturally, sliding your skateboard on these surface will create friction, causing difficulty for skaters to implement these tricks.
Thus, the skating board is designed to reduce the friction between your skateboard and the surfaces for a smoother slide.
Logically, the more slippery surfaces before waxing will be more slippery after. For example, polished concrete and painted/metal ledges will even be smoother with wax applied.
Applying wax to your skateboard is as easy as a piece of cake. First of all, you need to know which parts of the board to apply wax. Then, you should clean these parts thoroughly with a cloth. Next, you should rub your prepared wax into these parts to reduce the friction. Finally, don’t forget to test sliding your waxed skateboard a few times to let the wax spread evenly into cracks and holes.
The practice of applying wax to your skateboard and using it to slide on the surfaces will make these surfaces more slippery, which may put other skaters in danger. Hence, you should create an alert to let them know where you are applying wax.
It’s not so difficult to make your DIY skating board for the next exciting game. With the detailed guidelines on how to make skating wax from us, follow them step by step and you are good to go.
It’s time for you now! Head to the kitchen and make some bars of skating board at your interest.
After finishing yours, please share with us your results about how you feel about it and the image of your wax.
Happy creating waxes, guys!