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Before going to town on my wife's skis I was practicing with the brass brush on a pair of old skis (20+ years old) and noticed the fine hairies, so how do you remove these without a metal scraper (which I do not have)? Or do you even need to remove them? I have some really fine automotive sandpaper (600 and 1200 grit), would that work?


Also, since my wife's skis have not been waxed much (if at all) in the last 5 years, is there much old wax left to remove? She only skis about 5-6x/ season, this season being the 1st to exceed 10x. Thanks in advance.



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If the skis are 20+ years old there's a fair-decent chance they have extruded bases, which will make for more hairies than sintered bases will.    


If you are careful with the brass brush (pressure into the bases ~ zero, Pressure along the bases = steady), I think you won't see as much coming off your wife skis.


Old _wax_ to remove?  Probably not.   Assorted non-wax schmutz to remove?  Possibly.   


Other than that, non abrasive (usually white-color coded) tex pad can help remove hairies.   It takes a lot of rubbing.   Hot scraping with a sharp plastic scraper can help remove hairies.   That also is a lot of work.


Sandpaper is not something I would reach for, here.



To sum up, IMO the action plan for your wife's skis is for a super-light touch with the brass brush, then a couple of rounds of hot scraping.



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I mentioned the age of the other skis because I thought the components of the base material might be different, they are Fischer superlites, and I think I bought them in 1986/7?

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If you have a sharp acrylic wax scraper you can wax the skis and plane them off when you scrape the wax.  The concept is equivalent to shaving,

post #5 of 5

Sandpaper = more hairies


Scotchbrite if you don't have a metal scraper.  That does a good job of cutting them off. 


That being said, if they are older skis, go rent some.  The ski tech these days is so awesome - even in the lower end of the spectrum.  As long as she has good, secure, comfortable boots, she will have a blast.  The advantage of renting is that you get newish gear that is likely waxed and somewhat sharp and you didn't drop $1000.  If she goes with demo skis for $40 instead of rentals, you have brand new gear that you can choose for the specific conditions of the day.  She'll have a better time and then you can all do more skiing.  


Buying gear these days really doesn't pencil out until you have 10+ days a year if you ask me.  Mentally, you just have to put the money aside in your head and you are all set. 

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