How to Make a Snow Sled Go Fast Using Chemicals

How to Make a Snow Sled Go Fast Using Chemicals
Sledding is a fun winter past time that can be enjoyed with your friends and family. Whether your designated sled of choice is plastic or the metal rail variety, the rush that you get when coming down a steep hill is indescribable. However, it is possible to make your sled go much faster by applying certain chemicals to the underside of the sled and rails. A majority of these are household chemicals and cost very little money.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Step 1
Spray the bottom of your sled and rails with a cooking oil. Make sure that the entire bottom is sprayed. Reapply when it has worn off.
Step 2
Apply car wax to the bottom of the sled and rails. Make sure to only use wax that is designated for cars and not floors. Apply the wax before sledding so that the surface is dry.
Step 3
Spray WD-40 on the bottom of the sled and rails. According to the WD-40 website, WD-40 is known as the can with a 1000 uses. One of these uses is to make your sled go much faster. Make sure to spray when the surface is dry.
Step 4
Use a piece of sand paper and sand the underside of your sled if it is made of plastic. Spray a can of clear coat paint on the bottom of the sled when the rough patches have been smoothed out.

Tips & Warnings

In conjunction with clear coat paint, surf board and ski wax can be used as long as the surface is smooth.
When using an aerosol can make sure that you spray outdoors in a direction away from the face and other people.
Never sled near roads and trees.


Article Written By Ian Moore

Ian Moore is a student pursuing an associate degree in music and holds a bachelor's degree in English. Moore has been a writer for more than 10 years. He holds a TESOL certification and has taught English abroad. Moore has published work for Transitions Abroad.

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