It’s easy to make your own DIY skateboard wax using ingredients that you likely already have around the house. Skateboard wax can be made by using just these few things: candles, cooking oil (olive oil or vegetable oil), bee wax and paraffin and an oven or stove.
What Is Skateboard Wax?
Skateboard wax is a mixture of petroleum, beeswax, and paraffin-which gives it it’s elastic properties. Skateboard wax helps reduce the friction you get when sliding or grinding on rails, curbs, vert ramp coping, and other hard surfaces. Naturally, slides and grinds create friction which can slow down the speed of your trajectory making it more difficult to execute. This is where skate wax comes in as the wax will fill in tiny cracks and imperfections to smooth out the surface of what you’re grinding on, so you can pull off your 50-50 grinds without stopping short!
How to Make Skateboard Wax With Candles Or Crayons
Preheat an oven to 150 degrees
You might think that this step is a no-brainer. However, it’s quite important to let your oven warm up before you put wax in. Most materials including wax have a low melting point so be careful and don’t allow your oven temperature get higher than between 150-180 Celsius.
Ready your equipment and materials
Collect any leftover candles or crayons you have lying around and break them up (if they’re not already!). Remove any paper and wicks from them. Have a think about how much wax you want to make in relation to how many candles you are goign to melt
Put your wax in an oven-safe bowl
If you’re looking for a container to use when melting your wax, it’s best to choose something that can withstand high temperatures. The Pyrex brand is well-known and loved throughout the world because its glass products are oven safe!
Add oil to make it pliable
At this point you will also need to add a teaspoon of oil, vegetable oil or olive oil will do. If you add more than a teaspoon you risk your wax being too soft and crumbly.
Wax goes in the oven
Melt your mix for 10 minutes. Watch your wax as it melts to make sure it doesn’t burn.
Into the freezer to harden
Once it’s melted, take it out of the oven and put it in your refrigerator to harden.
Ready to use!
Once your wax is solid, you can remove it from the container and use it on the surface you want to grind or slide. Flip the bowl over and try to pop the wax out with your fingers. Sometimes the solidified wax is a little stubborn, so wedge it out with a knife as needed.
How To Make Skateboard Wax With Paraffin and Beeswax
Ready your equipment and materials
You can use a mixture of parafin and beeswax with a ratio of 60:40 respectively instead of candles and crayons. You want to use pure parafin and beeswax which you buy online. If you use too much beeswax then your wax will be too soft, we recommend using scales to weight out your materials to get the ration just right!
Put your wax in a pot on the stove
Add both the beeswax and paraffin to a pot. Set your hob to a low to medium setting and place the pot of wax on the stove. Let the wax melt, stirring frequently so it doesn’t burn. You can also use a glass bowl over a pan of boiling water, known as a bain-marie method (like you might have done with chocolate!).
Pour your melted wax into a mould or moulds
This is where you can get creative, deciding which mould you are going to make your wax in! What size and shape is it going to be?
Cool your skate wax in the refrigerator
Cool your wax filled moulds until hard and then your wax is ready to use!
Important points when creating your own skateboard wax
- Remember to stir your wax when it is melting so it doesn’t burn
- Don’t use too much beeswax as this can make your wax soft (60:40 paraffin/beeswax)
- Use oven safe equipment and it is needless to say that melted wax can burn – so be careful!
There are lots of skateboard waxes you can buy on-line at various stores but you must try making your own. Making your own skateboard wax can be a fun and creative project for the whole family. Whether you’re making it with candles, crayons or paraffin and beeswax, there are many different methods of how to do so. If this article has piqued your interest in how to make skateboard wax on your own, let us know!