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My 2012 rope was already worn and frayed and it took $23 and at least an hour to replace it.
So I promised I would do some preventive maintenance this next time.
First I bought bow string wax and found it too hard to be useful.
And surf wax is specifically designed to be sticky, so I skipped that idea.
Sail-Kote didn't seem to help at all.
So I went with basic candle wax because I couldn't find any paraffin for sale.
A package of ten 4" emergency candles was $2 at the grocery store.
Bringing my clean dry bar into the kitchen,
I laid out the rope on a big piece of cardboard on the counter next to the range.
Next I put a candle in a 5oz tuna can and let it simmer until melted.
A natural bristle brush will not melt and makes it easy to paint on the wax.
When the line was was cooled, I put on a pair of work gloves
and rubbed the lines until they were smooth and polished.
Maybe a year from now, I'll be able to see if waxing the line prevented wear.
Does anybody else have any tips or tricks?