Waxing your skimboard is a regular duty you probably enjoy doing. Preparing your skimboard for a day out in the water almost makes you imagine the grip you’ll get while riding the waves. Even when fast and challenging waves get on your way, you know you’ll stop the constant slip and fall you get from an unwaxed skimboard. A skimboard wax is a staple tool one needs an ample amount of stock on hand.
It’s a surprise to everyone how easy it is to make wax. You will learn that knowing how to make a skimboard wax isn’t a tedious task at all. Yes, commercial wax is available everywhere. You’d even get some specially made for a specific kind of water board. There are countless options based on several colors and even the scents. Still, the skill of making homemade skimboard wax is a critical addition to the things you get to try. Making a profit on it is another good idea as well. Formulating your skimboard wax will help you get creative and to experiment with the ingredients you want to add.
What Do You Need?
There are two ways on how to make skimboard wax. These two ways create the two types of skimboard wax, cold and warm wax. The cold wax means using cold water, while the warm wax uses warm water temperature. Between the two, the cold wax is slightly more complicated. However, in general, they are easy to make, natural, and eco-friendly. Plus, they only require a few ingredients.
Here is the record of ingredients you require to produce the two varieties of skimboard wax.
For Cold Wax
- A cup of beeswax (roughly 240 ml)
- A quarter cup of coconut oil (60 ml)
- A quarter cup of tree sap resin (60 ml)
For Warm Wax
- A cup of beeswax
- A quarter cup of coconut oil
- Essential Oil
How to Make Skimboard Wax?
Skimboard Cold Wax
Let’s start with the more complicated one. Learning how to make a cold wax out of cold water is easy. However, there is a long process that requires patience and a lot of work.
- Start with tree sap resin
Since cold wax needs tree resin, you have to find out the most reliable way to get it. It is easier to buy online. There are tree sap resin stocks you can buy optionally online. Look at your neighborhood stores for the supply. If they don’t, you should seek the tree sap resin. Extracting fresh tree sap resin means locating a sturdy tree to collect it. A conifer tree is obvious to distinguish because of its leaves and unusual growth. Examples of such trees are the maple trees, spruce, and pine trees. If you have any conifer trees in your neighborhood, you can start collecting the fresh tree sap resin.
- Harvesting the tree sap resin
You can choose to harvest tree sap resin if you have abundant conifer trees in your area. Choose a healthy-looking tree. Then, using a knife or an ax cut the bark of the tree down. Cut the bark with a measure of two feet or more from the ground. Give the tree a clean cut that is an inch deep. The tree will then excrete the sap resin. Place a bucket under the hole on the tree. To help the sap resin flow directly into it, cut a v-shaped slit on the bottom of the cut to let the sap flow in one direction.
Note that harvesting tree sap resin may cost you two days or more since you will need a quarter cup of it.
- Start making cold wax.
Then, when all the ingredients available, pour all three parts into a big mixing pot. Use a double boiler and keep the fire low. Then, mix the ingredients until everything turns to sticky liquid. Once they do, turn off the fire and pour the cold wax into the molding container or any box you want. It’s better to use plastic or aluminum for your wax holder. Leave the wax to rest and dry. Cover the container and store it in a dry place.
Skimboard Warm Wax
The easier to make is the warm wax. These are easy steps on creating a warm skimboard wax out of warm water temperature and two other ingredients.
- Use hot water to melt the beeswax.
With your double boiler or a pan, boil one and a half cups of water. There’s no need for boiling water. Once you see the steam coming signaling hot water, you can now start the process. If you use a pan to warm the water, put another pan on top to act as the second pot to mix your ingredients.
- Mix the ingredients.
Once the steam arises, pour the cup of beeswax and the 60 ml coconut oil into the double boiler or the top pan. Stir the ingredients until the beeswax melt, and it begins to mix with the coconut oil. It is vital to constantly check to avoid any build-up on the sides of the pan.
- Put your personal touch.
Nothing beats a fragrant skimboard wax. A few drops of your favorite essential oil will add a nice touch to it. Lavender is a common choice and smells divine. Other essential oils include refreshing peppermint, citrusy lemon, and dainty rosemary. Add whatever scent suits you.
- Store the wax.
Once all gets incorporated and dissolved, turn off the flame and drain the mix into the containers. Leave the wax to cure for several hours or more. You can set it in a container with a top. Place your wax away from the sunshine and store it in crisp storage.
Now, you have both the cold and the warm wax. Wash your pans and double boiler before the leftover wax melted, or else it will be harder to remove.
Your skimboard wax is all-natural, without the added harmful chemicals. Such is one of the advantages of making your homemade skimboard wax. Not only will you regulate the number of chemicals you put, but it is eco-friendly. You’d get to save the environment, plus you get to save some money as well. It’s no surprise several skimboard enthusiasts have adapted to make their skimboard wax.
Now that you know how to make skimboard wax, you can let your friends try and test it out. You might get a business deal once they like it as well. Not only will you have fun in the waters with your perfect grip, but you’d also earn while saving the Earth as well. Nothing beats an all-natural alternative.