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!
Melting the Wax with an Oven
Although different waxes may have specific melting points, do not let the oven exceed 180 °F (82 °C).
There is no exact size to cut the candles/crayons. However, the smaller you cut them, the faster it will melt.
Be careful to put the right amount of oil. If you pour too much oil, your wax will be soft and shatterable.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!