I hot-waxed two chains tonight with Silca wax. A new X01 eagle chain for my MTB and an 11 speed shimano with about 500 miles on it for my gravel bike.
I had previously been using Squirt as the lube on both chains. Cleaning included hot water and dawn dish soap, boiling water, 2 stage citrus degreaser, and isopropyl alcohol. Then a bake in the oven at 170F to dry them fully, and preheat before dropping into the wax.
I melted the bag of wax in hot water, and dropped the chains in. Pulled them out as the wax was approaching it’s freezing point
When the wax dries on the chains, they are very stiff. Each link needs to be individually broken free and articulated.
I put them both back on their respective bikes, but it was too late to go for a quick spin. It will be interesting to see how they perform.
I also bought a tub of the Silca SS lube for topping up between waxings.
It’s a lot of work for sure. Let’s see if it’s worth it.