How to Remove Wax from a Surfboard

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After a few months of surfing, the old wax on your surfboard will become dirty and less sticky. To bring back that new surfboard feeling, you can clean the old wax from your surfboard.


  1. Soften the wax to make it easy to remove. You can soften using any one of several techniques:
    • Put your board in direct sunlight for a few minutes. On a warm day the wax will be turn shiny and slightly gooey within a few minutes, making it easy to scrape off.
    • If sunny weather will not abide, pour some hot water onto the board.
    • Point the hot air from a hair dryer set on low to a spot right before you scrape.
    • Do nothing. If you do not have the time or tools to soften the wax, you can still get rid of the old wax. It will make the scraping that much more difficult and slightly less effective.
  2. Start scraping the board with non-serrated side of a wax comb, old credit card or any other similar implement.
  3. Continue scraping till all wax has been removed from the board.
    • There are some products available (e.g. "Pickle Wax Remover" by Team Chow) which you rub over the board after removing most of the wax by scraping. This will help with removing those last bits of wax. Pure melted coconut oil can achieve the same effect. If rubbed off with a wool blanket scrap, the scrap can then be composted.[1]
  4. Roll the wax ball over the board to pick up the remaining pieces of wax that linger in a few spots. Dispose of the wax ball responsibly.


  • Cleaning off your old wax before you Pack a Surfboard for Travel is especially important if you have cold water wax on your board and plan to travel to warmer waters. Cold water wax will either melt in your board bag or in the water. Either way, you will want to have warmer water wax on your board.


  • Do this outside. Wax bits will get everywhere and are hard to remove from rugs and furniture.

Things You Will Need

  • A wax comb, old credit card or similarly shaped object.

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