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How to Make a Toboggan Faster

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Regardless of whether you're riding a classic wooden toboggan or an inexpensive plastic model, a perfectly smooth bottom surface is the key to making it go fast. Start by using a soft rag to remove any debris from the bottom of the toboggan, and tighten any bottom-facing hardware to offer as much clearance over the snow as possible. If the result still isn't fast enough for you, you can add a coat of glide wax just like you'd use for cross-country skis.

Waxing a Toboggan

Liquid glide wax, which you apply directly to the bottom of your toboggan with a sponge applicator just as you would with cross-country skis, is by far the easiest and quickest way to wax your toboggan. Let the wax dry, then buff with a soft brush to make it even smoother and faster. This fix is relatively short-lived, but that's a good thing if you find the waxed-up toboggan is too fast for you.

For a longer-lasting solution, apply a solid glide wax -- not grip wax -- just as you would with with actual skis. Turn the toboggan upside-down, hold a warm iron near the wax block so it dribbles onto the toboggan's rails, then spread the wax evenly on the rails with a waxing cork or brush. Buff the wax smooth once it's dry.

Regardless of whether you're riding a classic wooden toboggan or an inexpensive plastic model, a perfectly smooth bottom surface is the key to making it go fast. Start by using a soft rag to remove any debris from the bottom of the toboggan, and tighten any bottom-facing hardware to offer as much clearance over the snow as possible. If the result still isn't fast enough for you, you can add a coat of glide wax just like you'd use for cross-country skis.

Household Alternatives

If you don't already have ski wax laying around, you can use some household products to make your toboggan go faster. Spray WD-40, furniture polish or non-stick cooking spray on the rails of the toboggan for a temporary speed boost.

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