ANNOUNCING NEW COATED WAX PACKS
The new full service coated wax pack wrappers are roll coated with hot wax over the printed surface of each wrapper. This new process gives a great waxy feeling to the outside of the wrappers more closely simulating the classic wax. With these “Ultra Wax Packs” you can easily pop them open with little or no damage but they have a different sealing procedure than the original Uncoated wax wrappers, so this is an important user guide.
NEW WAX = NEW SEALING TEMPERATURE AND STEPS
YOU MUST USE A COOLER TEMPERATURE SETTING than the previous wraps if you are familiar with them. Start as cool your sealing device will go, let it heat up and test seal by following the NEW STEPS below. Raise the temperature up a few degrees at a time until you find the correct setting for your specific device that will melt the wax without being so hot that it melts the print. If you are having trouble try lowering the temperature and be sure to follow exactly the new steps below, particularly STEP 3.
We are using a base wax that has the lowest melting point available which is roughly 130*F (or 55*C ). You may notice the wax coating turning liquid as you swipe with your sealing device so be sure that you do not use too high of temperature or apply the heat for too long as it will release too much wax.
NEW SEALING STEPS
STEP 1: Fold the wrapper and lay the top flap over the bottom flap. Then…
STEP 2: Seal the flap area quickly with your device IN A SWIPING MOTION with pressure over the top flap. Then at the same time…
STEP 3: As you are sealing with one hand HOLD IT CLOSED WITH YOUR OPPOSITE HAND / FINGERS for a moment to ensure the melted wax in between the flaps has enough contact time as it cools to stick to itself.
*BEYOND FINDING THE CORRECT TEMPERATURE, THIS COOLING TIME WITH PRESSURE IS THE MOST IMPORTANT STEP TO GETTING THE FLAPS TO STICK.
WATCH THE ULTRA WAX SEALING VIDEO (more in depth video coming soon)
The best devices for sealing are a variable temperature wood burning pens sold as the Versa Tool or Multi-Tool depending upon the manufacturer. This tool is seen in the sealing videos fitted with a round flat “transfer tip”. Not all the kits come with the transfer tip anymore but we have them in stock HERE
Another good choice is a Hobby Iron which is shaped like a small clothing iron attached to a long handle.
These devices are available on eBay and from online R/C Car, Model shops, Woodworking Hobby shops, and Arts & Craft shops. They have fully adjustable temperature dials which can be set very cool and raised only a few degrees at a time and tend to hold their temperature settings.
Modern clothing irons which have a range of “cool” or “minimum” settings between the lowest setting of “1” and “off” will sometimes work well but you must move quickly, control the temperature so that you do not release too much wax.
Black & Decker makes an inexpensive steamer model with this feature which we use to quickly test seal samples from each job. Older model clothing irons are not always able to be set as cool as needed and sometimes will get hotter the longer they stay on, so your mileage may vary when using them.
TIP: Once you find the correct setting on your sealing device, make a mark on the temperature dial or tape the dial in place so it does not get moved.
I hope you’ll dig the new Ultra Wax Packs!
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