We all want to keep our brand spanking new surfboards looking as shiny as possible for as long as possible. So to give you the best chance of that it is important to know how to remove wax from a surfboard.
Why Do We Need To Remove Surfboard Wax?
Well apart from the obvious fact that it is much more aesthetically pleasing to have a surfboard that is free from wax, wax build up can also add a bit of weight and lose you a bit of grip – neither of which help you surf at your best!
One fact that seems to get overlooked regularly is the fact that different surf waxes suit different temperatures – for example, there are some surfboard waxes for warm water and some for cold water.
Using the wrong one for the wrong temperature can also make it hard for you to maintain your grip.
If you take your board out somewhere with a drastically different temperature to what you’re used to and you don’t clean off the old wax, then it can start to flake off a bit, and also get a bit smeary – making it hard to keep your feet in place!
So How Do You Remove Wax From A Surfboard?
One option is to use a surf wax comb, for example:
A surf wax comb is basically a bumpy (“serrated” – if we’re going to get technical) comb that you can use to dig deep into the wax layer and scrape it off.
It is a handy tool to have but it doesn’t always complete the job, it can leave some scratches on your board and it takes a while to get done, especially if you’re new to the process.
The best way to remove wax from a surfboard is to start by letting it dry and soften with a heat source first. This could be letting it sit out in the sun for a few hours if you live in a hot climate, or if that isn’t an option then go for a blow dryer.
Once it has dried out, get some fine sawdust, sprinkle it on your board and massage it in. The wax should start to flake off itself – you might even get some larger clumps coming off in your hands.
This method can go in quite deep, and get the bits of wax that might be stuck in scratches, chips or any other hard to reach places.
When you’re done, your board should look pretty much as close to new as you’re going to get it.
Just make sure you do this outside or somewhere you don’t mind getting messy – or you’ll have plenty of sawdust and bits of wax to clean up afterwards!
Our Recommended Surfboard Wax Remover
For the sake of convenience and tidiness, I would very strongly recommend The Pickle surfboard wax remover.
It is a chemical-free dry wax remover, made from 100% recycled materials and comes with it’s own gentle comb as well.
All you need to do is scrape off excess wax clumps with the provided scraper, then firmly rub The Pickle over your board anywhere you want to remove wax from, and just keep going until any unwanted wax is removed.
You can see how it works for yourself:
It is much more practically and convenient than carrying sawdust around with you so it is definitely worth looking at. Plus as it is reusable, it will probably work out cheaper than the sawdust solution.