Recycle Your Nasty Surf Wax: Summer Recipe

So I’ve done a few posts on making your own surf wax. It’s really fun to try, and something a frequent surfer should take a crack at some point. Even if it doesn’t come out picture perfect. It could even come out green.
I’m stoked that some local Florida surfers came up with this. I can’t wait to use it in future projects (they have a Kickstarter thing going right now). But, for now, this project did make a bit of waste. Sorry. Hurry up, Peel Surf dudes. 

Be sure to check out their “How-to” video- I learned a lot from it, some of which I’ll be sharing in this project.

So, here’s the wax I wanted to recycle. It’s off my longboard, so grody. It’s a mix of: basecoat, cool water wax, warm water wax, and God knows what else in that amount of wax. It was my winter wax job basically. Yup, it needed some freshness. 

It’s a meteorite of surf wax

Summer in Florida can melt your face off, so if I wanted to make this wax useful at all, it needed some hardening up. I had some beeswax leftover from another project. It’s super hard stuff, but expensive to use on its own as surf wax all the time. I thought a little beeswax, though, might upgrade my recycled wax into something capable of standing up to the Summer heat.

I weighed out my used surf wax first using a digital scale. I bought it for making wax recipes only, you sinner….

Ewwww

Then, I weighed out the rest of my beeswax.

Not much, but a little should help harden the scraped wax

Next, I prepped a cup to use to filter my OLD surf wax. It’s just a wax paper cup, and I cut a square of cheesecloth to bind over the top to help filter the wax a little when I pour it in after heating it on the double burner.

Cut the extra away

This needs some filterin’

Pouring the melted wax into the cup from the metal burner- use a disposable/dedicated chopstick

Leftover grit and grossness in the burner to clean out and toss

Gnarly

Left to harden

 
After I let it harden, I knew there was going to be even MORE grime coming out of the wax, falling to the bottom. So, after I tore away the paper cup, I scooped out the extra nastiness on the bottom with a plastic spoon I keep just for wax.

The bottom of the wax from the cup

The wax had not hardened all the way, making it easier to scoop out the crusty bits with a plastic spoon

I had already cleaned out my double boiler pan well, removed the grime, and started to melt the beeswax down in it first. After that, I added the recycled stuff.

Melting all the wax together

If you had watched Peel Surf’s video on making surf wax, he mentions using diatomaceous earth to create “bumps” in your wax. Essentially, the calcium bits act as a hard grain for wax to collect against, similar to how a pearl is formed. In this case, we’re shooting for HUMPS Brah!

So instead of diatomaceous earth (which is NASTY to handle- imagine handing and breathing in tiny microscopic needles), I went with the lowly eggshell. My in-laws are visiting, so I had a bumper crop of seven shells.

Make sure these get cleaned WELL, dried, and try to remove as much membrane as possible.

So before I even melted the wax, I had taken the eggshells, put them in a heavy duty ziplock bag, and crumpled the heck out of them. I had to split off the remaining membranes from the actual shell bits, then I could use the back of my spoon to smash the clean shell bits.

In work. The membranes are in the back of the pic.

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Now back to the good part

 

I also added a couple of other ingredients to my recycled wax/beeswax mixture:

Molasses– adds great stickiness, but messes with the color of the wax a bit on the downside. Honey could also work, but it’s not as sticky as this or sap resin.

Stickiest crap I know of, this should help



Flavoring Oil– I used a whole dram of LorAnn flavoring oil in Tropical Punch. You can get this stuff in the baking section of Michael’s, Walmart, or online of course. It makes the wax smell GREAT. I wish I knew about this earlier! N-Joy da tip, dude.

Smells awesome

Dumping in some eggshells- they probably need to be finer, but for this run, I thought this would work.


I allowed the cups of wax to harden at room temperature. Putting them in the freezer creates voids in your wax.

I used a silicone pot lid to pour these on. Make sure to keep stirring while pouring, since not all of the ingredients will be well distributed

Allowing the wax to harden

This stuff came out sage green. Yikes. So Day Glo Yellow, Molasses, Beeswax, other Random Wax, baking oil, and eggshell bits come out this color…ewwww.

Better than Eggs Erronious

Weird color, but they work well

On my fun shape. Looks like dirty wax

 

Now, if you’ve been following this whole post, you’ll notice I forgot to weigh the recycled surf wax AFTER I filtered it and scooped out the grimy bits. Duh. It was probably around 3 ounces.

My estimate is 3 parts recycled wax to 1 part beeswax to harden it, plus the extra eggshells, molasses, and flavoring oil.

I used it today on my 6’10” funshape, and it went on perfectly, and “bumped” up easily as I applied it. The wax feels considerably harder, so I’m looking forward to testing this small batch this Summer too. 

The wax worked great, it was bumpy and sticky, and I was glad I ground the eggshells fine enough.

The haters will say I’m using stupid sage surf wax, but I’m just upping the eco-cred game, yo. You HAVE to have that in addition to surf gnarness.

THIS will sooooo be in my next beach wear line….

He’s Eco-Chic, man

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12 thoughts on “Recycle Your Nasty Surf Wax: Summer Recipe

    1. It helps a surfer “stick” onto a board better while standing. The wax breaks up the surface tension of the water moving over the board, preventing the surfer from sliding off the deck (top) of the board. This allowed surfers to go from just riding the waves upright and straight into shore like the early Hawaiians, to performance turns and “airs”, like what Kelly Slater does! 😎👍
      It started to be used sometime in the 1950’s (???), when guys used their mother’s canning/candling wax!! 😂😂😂

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    1. Most boards these days need it since surfers like to turn, and the water is meant to run over the board a bit compared to the ancient logs. It’s definitely a luxury compared to the ancient days of surfing! It’s saved me from a few wipeouts 😳

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      1. Wax prices have gone up! I’m lucky to still get mine at $1.00 a bar (USA dollar), but most average $2-3 a bar. I go through a lot of wax, maybe a bar per week during the Summer if I’m surfing every day.
        On my Stand Up Paddleboards, I have permanent traction, so I never need wax. It’s similar to a rubber non-slip mat, like you would see in a bathtub.
        I’m glad to share the info! 🤗

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