If you just bought a new quartz banger, you must read this article before you take your first dab.
To ensure the best possible dabbing experience and get the most out of your quartz nail, it will require seasoning before first use.
I’ve been dabbing for a decade and have seasoned dozens of quartz bangers, so I am the perfect person to teach you how to season a quartz nail.
With my experience, I want to provide you with step-by-step instructions to properly season your quartz banger.
Do You Need To Season A Quartz Nail?
Yes, you definitely want to season a quartz nail before its first use.
This is because, during the manufacturing process, the dab nail gets residue and dust on it which can cause a bad taste.
Part of the seasoning process is to remove this residue.
You also want to apply a thin layer of concentrate to your quartz nail to prepare it for long-term use.
This part of the process helps fill in the porous surface to ensure better flavor when you dab.
This process is similar to when a chef seasons a new cast iron skillet.
But don’t worry, I give you easy-to-follow instructions below so you can perfectly season a quartz nail.
5 Steps To Easily Season Your Quartz Dab Nail
Step 1: Pre-Cleaning Process
Use a paper towel or micro-fiber rag to wipe the entire surface of your dab nail.
Step 2: Seasoning Process (Torch Method)
Place your quartz dab nail on your dab rig and begin to heat your nail with a torch using a low setting at first.
Make sure you spread the heat around the nail and don’t concentrate the torch on a specific area for longer than 2-3 seconds.
Gradually increase the temperature over 30 – 40 seconds or until the dab nail barely gets red hot.
Step 3: Cooling Phase
Let your quartz nail cool down for 45 – 60 seconds or until it is just barely hot enough to vaporize your concentrates.
Step 4: Seasoning Process (Oil Method)
Now apply a small amount of concentrate around the bottom surface of the quartz nail with a dabber tool.
Do not inhale, just let the oil vaporize naturally and keep moving it around.
Step 5: Wipe and Repeat
Before your nail gets cooled completely, wipe up any dab oil left on your nail with a q-tip.
Repeat steps 2 thru 4 1-2 more times til your quartz nail
What Are The Benefits of Dab Nail Seasoning?
The benefits of properly seasoning your quartz banger are:
- By removing impurities and buildup on the nail, you can help reduce the number of toxic substances that may end up in your dabbing vapor.
- A well-seasoned nail will provide a cleaner, smoother, and more flavorful overall performance.
- A properly seasoned nail will be less prone to cracking or chipping, increasing its lifespan.
- A seasoned nail will retain heat better, which means that you will not have to reheat the nail as often, saving you time and making the dabbing process more efficient.
- A seasoned quartz nail will have a smoother surface, which will result in a smoother and more enjoyable dabbing experience.
How Do You Condition A Quartz Banger?
You condition a dab nail for repeated use in the same way you season a quartz nail for first-time use.
Always start a new dab session by gradually warming up your quartz banger.
This will help get rid of any dust or particles that build up from storage or previous sessions.
Once your dab nail reaches a temperature of about 500-600 degrees (or just before it gets red hot) let it cool for 25 – 35 seconds before you take a dab.
This is called low temp dabbing and is a popular technique for getting the most flavor out of your concentrates.
How Do You Prepare A Quartz Nail?
Owning a quartz nail comes with constant maintenance in order to maximize your experience and quite frankly, get your money’s worth.
A new nail can cost in hundreds of dollars at the high end and $20 – $50 on the low end.
With that type of investment, you should always clean your dab nails after each session and properly condition your quartz nails before each new session.
How Long Should You Heat Quartz Nails?
Depending on the quality and thickness of your quartz nails, you should only need to heat your dab nails for 30 – 45 seconds at most to reach the right temperature.
Some dab enthusiasts do what is called high temp dabbing, which is when you take your dab within a few seconds after torching your nail.
I would be careful when attempting high temp dabs because they can be harsh on your throat and also it can affect the durability of your dab nails.
Why Do Quartz Bangers Get Cloudy?
A Quartz banger can get cloudy over time if you don’t season your nail or if you over-heat the same spot over and over again.
Always evenly heat your dab nails to avoid this cloudy imperfection, which is sometimes called “chazzing“.
Learning how to season a quartz nail can help protect your investment and give you a much more enjoyable dab experience.
Can You Restore A Chazzed Banger?
Yes, it is possible to restore a chazzed banger however if the chazzing is too severe it may be impossible.
Chazzing is a type of damage that occurs when the banger becomes scratched or cloudy, which can affect its performance and aesthetic.
If you only have light chazzing, or what looks like the start of a cloudy area on your banger, do this:
- Clean the banger thoroughly with isopropyl alcohol to remove any dirt, dust, or residue.
- Let all the alcohol evaporate so the banger is totally dry
- (optional) If you have access to Cerium Oxide, use a small amount on a soft cloth and rub the cloudy area.
- Re-season the banger with small amounts of oil (concentrate) under low temperatures to help “lubricate” the surface. Be sure to wipe any leftover oil with a q-tip til the surface is shiny.
If you have severe chazzing, you may need to buy a new banger or if you feel comfortable, use a Dremel tool with a polish attachment to help remove the chazzing.
Should You Season Titanium Nails?
Yes, you should always season a titanium nail before first use in order to get rid of impurities and the metallic taste they tend to have.
By properly seasoning and maintaining your titanium nails you will experience better taste and increased durability.
Should You Season Ceramic Nails?
Yes, seasoning your ceramic nails is an important part of preparing them for first-time and continuous use.
Seasoning your ceramic nails will help with the durability, taste, and overall performance of your equipment.
Use the same seasoning process as you would for quartz nails.
What is Dabbing?
Dabbing is a popular method of consuming concentrates and it involves heating a dab nail (usually made of titanium or quartz) and then applying the concentrate to it, which creates a vapor that is inhaled through a dab rig.