Originally Posted by Skicrazed
I've read somewhere (I think), that heated up flouro wax gives out toxic fumes (or is it over heated flouro wax..). Does anyone wear a respirator when waxing with flouro wax? Also, do people use disposable gloves to handle flouro wax?
There are several forms of fluorocarbons, liquids (Zardoz is a fluoro ether polymer from DuPont), low melting solids that get melted into the wax (what everyone uses), powdered teflon (typically called PTFE, polytetrafluoroethylene) is sold cheap on my site and on eBay. I blend this into some of my basic waxes (along with microfibers). My high-end waxes are a "Swix-type" fluoro and fluoro microfibers blended in. I have chemist friends that work in a company that makes these and they had me try it. It was so good that I re-engineered all my waxes around it. Basically it is the same chemically, but different physically; it is a crystalline fiber (molecules are in an ordered phase, not random). So think of plastic and kevlar, the same chemically, but different physically - kevlar is crystalline and it stops bullets while plastic doesn't. The chemical polymer strands in regular plastic are like a pile of cooked pasta, while kevlar is like the stack of uncooked pasta all lined up. Anyway, fluoro microfibers give you the speed boost because it chemically acts against water like any fluoro, but it is strong and holds up to harsh snow and conditions. It works great in warm weather, but when the temp drops, unlike other fluoros, this stuff keeps rocking.