Originally Posted by Silverbullet555
I have a feeling the temps in the garage are making it more difficult to get the wax to spread. I'm also not confident the iron is all that great at keeping it's temp up. As I am ironing over the drips it seems to just skim the top off of them. Once I get it spread pretty good it does better. I might also be moving the iron too fast as I don't want to damage the base (a little scared of the right now as a newbie). A few times I got it to spread really well and the top sheet of the board was just getting warm. However, the warmth on the topsheet is not even it is more in pockets which would be indicative of getting it right a few times.
Nah, you're doing it right.
When using drip application, the wax is only as wide as the bar.
When on the ski, there's a lot more to melt at one go, the entire width of the ski, plus the heat capacity of the base.
Don't worry about moving the iron too fast: nudge the temp selector up just slightly and, if you're really worried about the bases, work from the edges in (since they act like heat sinks). Notice that the phase change of the unmolten wax acts to protect your bases too. It's generally when -all- the wax is molten in one spot that trouble occurs.
I like the 40F garage venue. You'll be able to scrape more off + vapors will condense quicker.
(Edit: I like SMJs tip for expensive wax)