What is Table Shuffleboard Powder Wax Made of?
Table Shuffleboard Powder Wax is usually made from a mixture of cornmeal, silicone and sometimes walnut shells.
There are three main types of powder wax – Yellow, Brown and White. Yellow is made from cornmeal with a sprinkle of silicone. Brown is made from walnut shells, cornmeal with a sprinkle of silicone. White powders are pure silicone. The longer the table shuffleboard, the more silicone you need to propel the puck and less cornmeal/walnut shells.
Smaller tables – Slower powders are better as the faster speeds will propel the pucks off the table.
You may know powder wax by other names such as Shuffleboard cheese, Shuffleboard dust, Shuffleboard powder, Shuffleboard sand, Shuffleboard salt, shuffleboard sawdust, speed powder or speed regulators. Some shuffleboard players even come up with their own concoction by mixing different powders together.
Is Table Shuffleboard Wax Toxic?
Shuffleboard wax is made from silicone, which is a non-toxic polymer.
What if I Have Nut Allergies?
A number of customers have nut Allergies and ask about Table Shuffleboard Powder Wax. Powdered wax is usually made from a mixture of cornmeal, Silicone and sometimes walnut shells.
Brown powder waxes are usually made from walnut shells with a sprinkle of silicone. Most brands of wax package the yellow and white powders on the same production line as the brown powder waxes – so although the yellow and white do not directly contain walnut shells, they can contain trace amounts.
What should you do if you have a nut allergy? The safest way to prep your shuffleboard table is to use a maintenance kit instead of a powder wax spray. The liquid wax will keep the table fast; the silicone spray will add additional speed. This is the safest way to play if you have a nut allergy!
What does Speed Rating Mean for Table Shuffleboard Powder Wax?
The speed rating is how table shuffleboard waxes gets categorized.
For ZieglerWorld powder waxes, we use three simple speed categories. The fastest(White Sand), fast(Gold Sand) and medium(Yellow Sand)
Triple Crown powder waxes – here is the speed order listed from fastest to slowest- White Ice, West Coast Brown, Yellow 3 Plus, Brown 3, Yellow 3, Yellow 2 and Yellow 1
Sun-Glo powder waxes – here is the speed order listed from fastest to slowest – Super Glide #1, Pro-Series #1.5, Tournament Gold #2, Brown Bear #3, Yellow Bear #4, Five Star #5, Medium Speed #6, Bowler Shuffle Alley #7
Faster speed powder waxes are idea for larger tables(22-30 feet) where slower speeds are idea for smaller tables(9-12 feet).
How Do You Apply the Shuffleboard Wax on the Table?
There are a few steps you need to follow before you can start the powder wax application process. First, before each day of play remove the existing wax using a shuffleboard brush or a soft towel. Then apply a silicone spray across the playing surface in a sweeping motion.
Let it sit for a few minutes and then use a towel to gently buff off the remainder and spread it evenly across the surface. After this, you can spread the shuffleboard wax evenly on the surface of your board.
How Do You Spread Shuffleboard Wax?
There’s no specific technique to spread shuffleboard wax. You just need to sprinkle the wax powder evenly and generously across your table surface. Shuffleboard wax comes in containers that allow easy sprinkling and application.
What Causes Shuffleboard Wax Plowing?
Table Shuffleboard Plowing is an issue where when the puck is travels from one end to another it creates a trail plowing through the powder wax. This can occur due to a few reasons:
Most Common – Table Shuffleboard Pucks. Most American made pucks have a rounded bevel around the bottom sides of the pucks. Some of the inexpensive pucks such as the Tournament Grade Pucks which are made outside of the United States are cheaper as they are manufactured with straight bottom sides like a hockey puck. This can cause plowing.
Wet Board – Not allowing the Liquid Cleaner, Liquid Wax or Silicone Spray to dry on the board and then adding powder wax could create “Clumping” and thus plowing.
Humidity/Moisture in Powder Wax — If you store your powder wax next to a basement wall, on a basement concrete floor or next to a window – this could create moisture in the powder wax and create “Clumping” and thus plowing.
New Board – Sometimes refinishing a board with epoxy will create a fast board. Without some wear on the board the powder wax doesn’t have any grip and creates plowing. A couple of customers have done this and went over the board with fine sandpaper – gently – and this little change stopped the plowing.
Can You Reuse Shuffleboard Wax?
Although it is technically possible to reuse shuffleboard wax a few times, this isn’t always advisable. That’s because it is made of minuscule silicone balls, which become jagged and uneven once you use your pucks on them. Picking up table shuffleboard wax from the gutter you will probably also pickup carpet fibers which will alter game play.
How Do You Clean a Shuffleboard Table?
Monthly – Use Shuffleboard Cleaner/Glaze to remove all old powdered wax & shuffleboard silicone buildup on your table. Buff your table with a cloth, or Shuffleboard Board Wipe. Let stand for 15 minutes before playing.
Weekly – Apply Liquid Shuffleboard Wax. This prevents dry or dead spots. Wait for 30 minutes before playing.
Before Each Game – Apply Shuffleboard Silicone spray before each game. Shuffleboard Silicone spray will cut down on your use of powdered wax. Use your favorite powdered speed wax depending on table size and your desired degree of difficulty.