Snowboard wax comes in all shapes, sizes, colors, and temperature ranges, 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. Snowboard wax can be categorized into two primary groups, rub-on wax, and hot wax. 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 at least a hot iron and scraper.