FAQ's

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We can't tell you where this secret powder stash is..... but we can answer many other frequently asked questions.

What is the best temperature to use on the iron for waxing?  

When hot waxing skis or snowboards the temperature of the iron should be as cool as possible .....but warm enough so that the wax drips on easily.  You do not want the iron so hot that smoking occurs.  Iron temperature settings vary from one iron manufacturer to the other so some experimenting with your iron to find the right setting for each type of wax is necessary.  The range that we use with our Purl iron is between 110 C  (230 F)  for warm spring wax and up to 140 C  (284 F) for our sub zero wax.  Best results by using our Purl Wax Iron!!

What is your wax made up of and how is it SO FAST?

Unfortunately we cannot give out the exact ingredients of our ski wax without giving away our proprietary formulas.  You probably know how secretive wax technicians are about their techniques and ingredients from your experience on the hill.  Our secret ingredients are what make Purl Wax so fast and unique.  What we can tell you is that all of the ingredients are completely non-toxic and 100% biodegradable.  

Any tips on waxing my board/skis?

Check out this link with Purl tuning tips at SuperHappyWax on how to wax your own board/skis. Here are some additional speed waxing tips:

  • Purple All Temp:  In colder conditions run the blue cold temperature ski wax along your edges and the purple all temperature ski wax down the center.
  • Blue Cold Weather: For typical winter conditions, blend this cold ski wax with the purple all temperature ski wax and you will be amazed.
  • Yellow Warm: We recommend blending the spring ski wax with our all temperature ski wax when the temperature is between 24º – 30º. Above 28º we recommend adding graphite ski wax as a rub-on to repel contaminates.
  • Black Graphite:  This wax is designed to overcome static friction that is encountered in cold dry snow. Rub the graphite in on top of our green sub-zero ski wax for optimum ski glide in severe cold conditions.  OR, on the opposite end of the spectrum, this graphite ski wax can also be used to repel wax contaminants found in spring slush snow. Blend the graphite with our yellow spring ski for the best results.
    • A great way to get an even distribution of the graphite wax across your base is to crayon it in. Take the bar of wax, no iron, and rub it across the entire surface of your base. After that you can iron and scrape as usual or if you have a cork, you can cork it in and brush it out.

Who created the Purl Wax “original formula” and tested it?

The original Purl Wax R&D Team created the “original” formula.  We had several pro riders back in 1999 testing out our formulas on the contest circuit.  Purl trusted their feedback and also felt the performance for ourselves. We continued to use our pro riders with any new formulas.

 

What is a Microcrystalline wax ?  

Microcrystalline wax is characterized by the fineness of its crystals in contrast to the larger crystal of paraffin wax. It consists of high molecular weight saturated aliphatic hydrocarbons. It is generally darker, more viscous, denser, tackier and more elastic than paraffin waxes, and has a higher molecular weight and melting point. Typical microcrystalline wax crystal structure is small and thin, making them more flexible and durable than paraffin (hydrocarbon) wax.   From Wikipedia: The free encyclopedia