Snowboard wax comes in all shapes, sizes, and colors, and while there may be an endless supply of wax brands and types to choose from, the question of how you apply the snowboard wax is the most important decision you need to make when buying snowboard wax. Snowboard wax can be categorized into two groups: a rub-on wax, and the kind that you have to melt before applying. Rub-on snowboard wax is similar to polishing a car. It's easy to do and requires little maintenance or effort. This method can be done in a matter of minutes. Hot waxing a snowboard requires much more time and requires a hot iron and scraper. When buying a snowboard wax ask yourself am I going to rub this on or will I use a hot iron? Once you answer that question, the choice is easy.