FAQ

Why wax?
Wax is a lubricant that reduces friction between the ski/board base and the snow. Nothing will ruin a day on the slopes quicker than a slow base. Properly waxing your ski/board enables you to use gravity and lack of friction to its fullest. Waxing your ski/board makes the base glide better so tuning is easier, gives you more control on the snow, and allows for a quicker response. Waxing also adds durability & conditions to help prolong the life of your equipment.

What is Meadowfoam?
WEND Meadowfoam Snow Wax is derived from the seeds of commercial Meadowfoam flowers (Limnanthes alba) grown in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Meadowfoam Seed Oil is a fully refined triglyceride composed of over 98% fatty acids with chain lengths of 20 carbons or more. The wax is a light-colored, odor free product prized for its exceptional oxidative stability and functionality in a wide range of products and formulations. WEND has exclusivity of Meadowfoam—it meets the industry standard & company standard for durability and repellency in quality snow wax.

Why is Meadowfoam better?
It is truly unreal how there is a visible difference in wax absorption with the Meadowfoam products. There is an action of “transferring” wax into the pores. For example: When WEND MF Natural Liquid Hot Box is used, and skis are left base up, you can see the oil levels penetrating deep into the pores. Often times there will be some areas of deeper penetration where the oil has completely absorbed into the base. Increasing the amount of Liquid Hot Box creates a more consistent look to the base. You can also visually see when a base is burned, as the oil does not penetrate and it leaves a glossy area in the base. When wax is applied over any MF liquid oil product, the molten wax heats the oil and lubricates the wax. This process enables the wax to get deep into the pores as the oil rises to the surface. This transfer provides deeper penetration as well as more wax absorbing into the base.

What is the melting temp of WEND waxes?
Our waxes vary with lower melt temps of 60°C/140°F on the softer waxes like Base Prep Saturation/Warm/Mid up to higher melt temps of 75°C/167°F for the harder waxes like Cold & XCold. In using our Meadowfoam waxes in the harder formulas we are able to achieve lower melt points.

How are our NF & Natural MF Performance waxes different than other competitor waxes?
WEND’s NF & Natural MF wax blends are different compounds in comparison to the regular paraffin waxes. We use our exclusive Meadowfoam waxes to create a proprietary blend that is classified natural, biodegradable, mountain/stream/soil friendly, and non-toxic.

How can I find the best wax for my conditions?
We have various waxes for different air temperatures. When in doubt, Universal should always be a safe default.

NF Waxes Contain a small percentage of Meadowfoam for increased durability and penetration, resistance to dirt, and better glide.
-WEND Universal: (10-40°F) Designed for old, new and artificial snow.
-WEND Warm: (28°F& Above) Designed for wet and artificial snow.
-WEND Mid: (14-28°F) Designed for new snow, moderate & artificial conditions.
-WEND Cold: (10°F& Below) Designed for colder, dryer snow conditions.
-WEND Graphite: (10-40°F) Designed for wet & slushy conditions.

MF Waxes Contain a high percentage of Meadowfoam which works similar to Fluoro, yet is bio friendly, resists dirt, and conditions your base significantly better! These waxes perform better than a Low Fluoro wax and are closer to the performance of a High Fluoro. They are best suited when snow humidity is above 50% or when snow starts to stick together like when you make a snowball.
-WEND Universal: (10-40°F) Designed for old, new and artificial snow.
-WEND Warm: (28°F& Above) Designed for wet and artificial snow.
-WEND Mid: (14-28°F) Designed for new snow, moderate & artificial conditions.
-WEND Cold: (10°F& Below) Designed for colder, dryer snow conditions.
-WEND Graphite: (10-40°F) Designed for wet & slushy conditions.

HF Waxes Contain High Fluoro to give optimal glide in high humidity snow. These waxes are a must for race day.
-WEND Universal: (10-40°F) Designed for old, new and artificial snow.
-WEND Warm: (28°F& Above) Designed for wet and artificial snow.
-WEND Mid: (14-28°F) Designed for new snow, moderate & artificial conditions.
-WEND Cold: (10°F& Below) Designed for colder, dryer snow conditions.
-WEND Graphite: (10-40°F) Designed for wet & slushy conditions.

What temperature should we melt the wax on the iron?
We suggest the temperature of the iron to be around 250°F, and no hotter than 275°F. You should not heat the wax to the point where it is smoking, and always work in a well-ventilated room. The wax on the base of the skis should not exceed 225°F to get the saturation penetrated into the skis. Wax should then be scraped off the skis at room temperature.

How do I know the temperature of the iron?
We suggest using a temperature gun for a precise reading on the iron. You can get these at most tool supply stores, like Home Depot or Grainger.

My iron was smoking while using Meadowfoam. What are the hazards that I am susceptible to?
Our natural Meadowfoam wax does not contain PFOA’s. The liquid oil in Meadowfoam has a flash point greater than 300°Celsius (572°F), so there isn’t any acute hazard relating to heating. The hydrogenated Meadowfoam Oil should have a smoke point of 456°F and a flash point of 510°F. If the oil does begin to degrade, anything released will be comparable to the degradation products released during cooking or frying, so there aren’t concerns. The wax is composed primarily of triglycerides of arachidic acid and behenic acid. These materials are present in common food materials and are used broadly in personal care and industrial applications.

What are PFOA’s?
PFOA, or Perfluorooctanoic Acid, is a fluorocarbon molecule present in fluoro-wax. It is a non-naturally occurring substance. It is the most effective method for increasing durability, speed and hydrophobia in ski wax. Yet, it also has the most environmental impact. Fluoro waxes release harmful gasses when melted into skis. They are the most persistent synthetic chemicals known. Once large quantities are in the body, it takes decades to get them out-if you were exposed to no more. They are toxic to humans with health effects from stroke to cancer to bloody noses and desiccated respiratory passages. PFOA’s pose potentially harmful risks to environment when shed from the base of skis into the snowpack, carried down watersheds in the spring as a non-biodegradable, toxic molecule. PFOA’s will not be released into the environment from the finished products of WEND Meadowfoam Snow Wax, or from the manufacturing process of the WEND Meadowfoam Snow Wax.

Why is WEND HF Fluoro Race wax better?
We use a classified Non-Hazardous blend that if used properly, ie: low heat melt, mask, & proper ventilation, produce negligible side effects.

Are there any skin/eye irritation concerns when using Meadowfoam wax?
There are no concerns with skin or eye irritation on the material we use in our Meadowfoam Snow wax.

What about allergies?
Since the wax is derived from fully refined vegetable oil, allergenic proteins aren’t present.

Is your WEND wax natural?
Our WEND Performance Wax is natural and biodegradable. It is derived from Hydrocarbon molecules that occur naturally in the environment. Hydrocarbons are eliminated in the environment through microbial populations. They are degraded primarily through bacteria & fungi. Unlike PFOA’s that never biodegrade, Hydrocarbons disperse and emulsify into the environment to speed up the biodegradation process.

Are there other natural ski waxes available in the industry?
Yes. Our competitors have attempted to follow the natural, biodegradable route for Performance Snow Wax. There have been efforts to use soy-based & other vegetable waxes in the production of ski/snow waxes. However, these alternatives performed poorly lacking durability and glide. Like many products in the “Green Revolution,” initial attempts of creating a natural snow wax were sub-par. There is currently no comparable natural additive to WEND natural Meadowfoam Snow Wax to achieve efficient speed and strength. If you don’t believe us, try it yourself!

Where can I purchase WEND wax?
Call us for information on the local rep closest to you or to order direct!

WEND® Manufactured by Wax Research, Inc.
1212 Distribution Way, Vista, CA 92006
Toll Free: 800.9000.WAX(929)
T: 760.607.0850
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