If you want to ride on rails, then you don't want friction landing you in an embarrassing YouTube video going viral among all your friends which is why you should learn how to make wax for the skateboard. The best way to keep this from happening to you is to use a good lubricant on rails, ledges, curbs or whatever you're grinding. You could buy retail wax, which is expensive, or use a bar of soap, which isn't as effective, or you could do some prep work the day before, and have a good, cheap and effective wax by learning how to make your own skateboard wax.
You will need:
- A Bag of Plain Tealight Candles (Unscented, White)
- A Crayon (Optional, for color)
- Vegetable Oil
- A Saucepan
- A Heat Resistant Container (Tupperware or a Metal Can)
- Remove the wax portion of between 5 and 10 tealight candles, depending on the size of the wax block you want. You can either remove them from the metal sleeves and wicks manually, or take a more destructive (and fun) route and double bag the candles and smash them with a hammer until the wax is finely crumbled and smashed. This makes the wax and sleeves easy to pick out, and also makes the wax melt faster as the pieces of wax will be much smaller. Either way you do it, make sure the wax ends up in the saucepan.
- Heat wax in saucepan over medium heat. If you want color, add a crayon of your choice, broken into a few pieces, into the candle wax as it melts. Make sure the crayon wax and candle wax are mixed together completely to avoid inconsistent coloring in your finished product.
- Once the wax is completely melted, add a little bit of oil to the batch. This part is less an exact science and more a personal preference. The more you add, the more lubrication you'll get, however the less stable your product will be. If this is your first time, try adding about a tablespoon and then adjust your future batches as you see fit.
- Making sure again that all your ingredients are completely melted and blended together, transfer your wax into a heat proof container. If you want it to fit in your pocket easily, say for easy transport to a skate park, transfer your wax into a rectangular container. Otherwise, a soda can with the top cut off, or a metal can work equally as well. Basically, whatever mold you pour your wax into is exactly how it will come out.
- Let the wax cool for a full day for best results. If you're in a pinch, do not try to cool the wax in a fridge or freezer. If you rush the cooling process, the wax won't reform into a workable bar, rather it will crack and crumble and be completely useless.
Be careful when working with hot wax. It can burn you severely if you don't take the proper precautions. Use oven mitts and hot pads to protect your skin and the surfaces on which you work.
Try not to spill any wax outside of your pan or container. Wax can be very difficult to get out of clothes, wood grain and carpet.
Experiment with the recipe, but be careful not to jump too high on the oil use. More lubrication might be great, but it's more important that the wax can set into a usable bar.
Once you have learned how to make wax for your skateboard for the first time, the recipe becomes really quick and easy to do. The ingredients used will also last for a good few recipes, and are commonly found around the house, making this recipe a great one to keep on hand for anytime you need some wax in a pinch or on the fly. So play with the recipe, save yourself some money and have fun out on those rails.