Waxing Nylon Whips

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As a final step in nylon whip construction, many whip makers will "wax" their whips. Waxing is nothing more than submerging the whip in a paraffin wax bath for a few minutes. The temperature of liquid paraffin is usually around 200F/93C or even hotter. The wax adds weight to the whip, and the heat shrinks up the fibers making the plaiting a little tighter. Not all nylon whips are waxed, but most are and it's a good idea to know if yours is.