Regular shuffleboard table maintenance is the best way to make sure that your table is in good condition and that pucks move easily and smoothly down the surface. If you haven’t ever waxed your table before, then it is normal to feel a little concerned about the process as well as a little frustrated about how inconsistent your weights are when you throw them.
Here's how to wax a shuffleboard table in 6 easy steps...
When you take time to wax your shuffleboard table, you won’t just enjoy a more attractive finish. You will enjoy better play for longer periods of time, which is why this is so important.
Step 1 – Consider the Finish
Before getting started with waxing your table, you need to consider what type of finish you have. This will play a role in how you clean your table. The two types of finishes that you are generally going to experience are traditional wood finishes and polymer finishes.
In general, shuffleboard tables with a traditional wood finish tend to be more difficult to wax and to maintain. However, these tables generally do a better job of maintaining their shine and their thickness.
On the other hand, polymer finishes are much easier to clean. They are also easier to maintain, which is one reason that these table are becoming such a popular option for a lot of shuffleboard fans.
Step 2 – Clean the Surface
Where the waxing process really varies between these two tables is when you clean them, as you must use different products to correctly clean the table. Tables with a wood finish need to be cleaned with a mixture of vinegar and water. Simply mix ¼ part vinegar with water to ensure that the towel is damp. If you want, you can easily add a teaspoon of olive oil to help treat the wood.
When the cloth is damp, then you simply rub it over the surface of the table to lift off any grime and dirt that have accumulated there. Adding olive oil or even a wood polish to the rag will help ensure that there is plenty of moisture left in the wood, which helps to improve the finish. It’s a good idea to clean these shuffleboard tables at least one to three times per month.
A polymer shuffleboard table can easily be cleaned using a multipurpose cleaner, such as a glass or a window cleaner. Make sure to avoid any harsh chemicals, such as bleach, which may damage the surface of the table. Spray the cleaner on the table, and use a soft rag to buff the table and remove any grime. For even better results, wipe off any excess grains or dirt from the surface with a shuffleboard brush before cleaning. Make sure to clean your table between one and three times a month for the best results.
Step 3 – Get the Perfect Type of Wax and Spray
While cleaning the surface of these two types of shuffleboard tables varies, you can easily use the same wax and spray on your tables. This is great for people or businesses who have more than one table and want to wax them all at once.
The type of wax that you choose depends on the size of your table as well as personal preference. Both yellow and brown wax are high-quality, but since the yellow wax is made with cornmeal and the brown is made with nut shells, you will want to skip the brown if you have a nut allergy. Additionally, the yellow wax tends to break down a bit faster, so you will have to wax your table on a more regular basis.
- If you have a 9-12 foot shuffleboard table, then you need wax speed 4, which will help to slow down your pucks.
- Tables that are 12-14 feet should be waxed with speed 3, while 14-18 need speed 2.
- Finally, large 18-22 foot shuffleboard tables require speed 1, which is the professional speed wax.
Step 4 – Apply the Spray
It’s easy to apply a silicone shuffleboard spray, but you do need to be careful to ensure that you don’t accidentally miss a spot on the table. Using a sweeping motion, which will prevent you from spraying too much of the spray in one location, move slowly down the whole table, ensuring even coverage.
Allow the spray to sit on the surface of the table for a few minutes so that it can soak in. Then, using a clean and dry towel, pat down the table. This will ensure that you remove any excess spray from the surface and that the table is ready for the wax.
Step 5 – Spread the Wax
Shuffleboard wax comes in a powder, not in a traditional wax form, which can greatly confuse some people the first time that they are going to wax their table. This essential accessory should be shaken over the surface of the table.
Just like you were careful to keep the spray moving so that you didn’t end up with large puddles of spray, you also need to keep moving the wax when shaking it out on the table. This will prevent a lot of wax building up in a specific place on the table.
Step 6 – Repeat as Needed
Part of keeping your shuffleboard table in good working condition is to wax it on a regular basis. If you notice that your weights are not sliding evenly or that they stop suddenly, then it is time to take a few minutes to clean and wax your table.
As you can see, waxing a shuffleboard table isn’t particularly difficult, but it will make a huge difference in how easily your weights move and how much fun you have when playing. Taking care of your table on a regular basis is the best way to keep it in great condition and to enjoy it for years to come.