Just wanted to know of a variety of ways to remove surf wax to do repairs. Lighter fluid, name brand wax removers? Thanks
1. Warm wax 2. Scrap the bulk of it off (steal something appropriate from the drawers in the kitchen) 3. White Spirit to get rid of the thin layer of wax that's left behind 4. Flour (plain or self raising - you choose) by the handful to bring the board up to a brand new glossy shine 5. Admire board and wonder why it can't always look like that 6. Bury it under three slabs of base wax and see that lovely shine disappear once more (Best not do this on the living room carpet)
Ahm, I generally scrape off most of the wax, do the filler and such, then sand the area and clean carefully with acetone and a clean white rag ( acetone is a solvent for some dyes) before glassing, doing my best to make sure no acetone/wax sludge gets into the ding, which is damn near impossible to get out. Cleaning up the wax in the area with solvents before filling and such, well, seems like I always get some wax crud in the repair itself, which is no fun and usually involves cutting out foam and glass and all that I wouldn't need to otherwise. This lets me have a temporary non-stick surface outside the repair ( so any spilled or excess, dribbling resin doesn't need to be sanded off) though it's kinda hard on the sanding discs- I go through a lot of them. Overall, it's a timesaver and the discs I use for dings are cheap enough that I think I come out ahead. hope that's of use doc.................
I use Coleman fuel or charcoal lighter fluid after hot sun bake & scrape. Watch out for some of the acrylic spray finished boards especially if using acetone.
Warm the board, scrape off as much as you can, sprinkle common flour on deck, use paper towel and a little effort. Non-toxic, inexpensive.
If its a cold day, heat some water on the stove, use a big pot. A credit card, movie watcher card or costco card work good as scrapers, then for the residue; foam dust; flour what have you. Not to plug a product, buttttt, the magic pickel works really good for getting rid of that residue wax. Its just foamdust in two layers of pantyhose, so you could make it easy if you're so inclined.
use your credit card... kill two birds with one stone.
Does the flour just kind of just help pick up/collect the wax? I have never heard of this tip. Thanks Herb Bean
It sticks to any wax residue thats left after step one. It forms a little crust. Hard to explain...give it a try.
Flour or baking soda is the preferred method after a good bake and scrape. I once tried a product called Chief Firewater wax remover....worked great but was way expensive for the job. Anyone out there know what the active ingredients in that stuff are???
Firewater was some bad stuff, thats why it is not out there anymore. I use Corn meal. Not Corn starch. but Corn meal. I used acetone one time and some of the acetone ran off the rail and formed a drip on the bottem of my board. It set there for awhile before I got around to getting it off. The acetone drips took off the gloss coat. Flour, Corn meal, lets keep it green. At least for some part of our dirty o zone killing sport.