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How to fix slight crushed edge & delam in a non-running-surface area?

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Hi gang - just came back late last night from SLC.  Unpacking skis this AM I noticed what I think is baggage-handling-caused damage to my ski tips (I think it's non-skiing damage since the damage is to both skis, off centerline, where they meet when base-to-base in the bag.

 

It looks like the skis took an impact just off the center of the tips; the edge is slightly pushed in and there is slight delamination, maybe the size of a quarter.  The damage also caused the layers to "mushroom" out (if you were pinching your fingers on the topsheet and base while sliding them along the edge, you'd feel a bulge about the size of a grape).   It's well above the start of the running surface - so I'm not worried about the fix affecting how they ski - but want to prevent future damage, water penetration, etc.

 

My gut would be to get some semi-flexible epoxy, first use a visegrip to pinch the layers / bend the edge back closer

together, then epoxy and clamp.

 

Does that sound reasonable to anyone?  Any tips?   BTW, skis are Fischer Watea 78 from a couple seasons ago, bought NOS about a year ago.

post #2 of 6

A picture might help.  I'm having a hard time envisioning the damage.  If it's just to the tips and not anything that ever touches the snow then just make sure nothing is going to tear loose and go ski.  If something is loose then  use some epoxy to secure it and go ski.  If the core is exposed at the edge you will also need to fill the hole so the core doesn't get wet.

 

Mike
 

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Originally Posted by Squirreljam View Post

Hi gang - just came back late last night from SLC.  Unpacking skis this AM I noticed what I think is baggage-handling-caused damage to my ski tips (I think it's non-skiing damage since the damage is to both skis, off centerline, where they meet when base-to-base in the bag.

 

It looks like the skis took an impact just off the center of the tips; the edge is slightly pushed in and there is slight delamination, maybe the size of a quarter.  The damage also caused the layers to "mushroom" out (if you were pinching your fingers on the topsheet and base while sliding them along the edge, you'd feel a bulge about the size of a grape).   It's well above the start of the running surface - so I'm not worried about the fix affecting how they ski - but want to prevent future damage, water penetration, etc.

 

My gut would be to get some semi-flexible epoxy, first use a visegrip to pinch the layers / bend the edge back closer

together, then epoxy and clamp.

 

Does that sound reasonable to anyone?  Any tips?   BTW, skis are Fischer Watea 78 from a couple seasons ago, bought NOS about a year ago.



 

post #3 of 6
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Mike, thanks.  When I went to take a pic with my iphone, it was smaller than I thought - looks like a little epoxy to seal it and I'm good.  I'll probably also try and bend the edge back close to shape just so it doesn't catch.  But, let's see if I can get this pic to post:

 

post:  IMG_0419[1]

 

post #4 of 6

That is not going to change how the ski performs, so just fill it with epoxy like you said.  I dont believe that it would be necessary to bend the edge back but it shouldnt hurt.  After you fix it and ski on it make sure there is not snow and water inside of it thatll expand when it freezes making it even worse.  

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Originally Posted by Skibum220 View Post

That is not going to change how the ski performs, so just fill it with epoxy like you said.  I dont believe that it would be necessary to bend the edge back but it shouldnt hurt.  After you fix it and ski on it make sure there is not snow and water inside of it thatll expand when it freezes making it even worse.  

Yeah - and take some after pictures too.  I fixed something like this a couple weeks ago on a snowboard that a friend got as a "factory third" for free since he is in the industry.  Came out pretty well and I did basically the same thing. 
 

 

post #6 of 6

Thanks for the pic!  That won't effect how the ski rides.  Just squeeze some epoxy in there and pinch it back together with some vice grips.  Just make sure to use some duct tape on the pliers so you don't leave marks on the ski top and base from the teeth in the pliers.

 

Good luck with the fix!

 

Mike
 

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Originally Posted by Squirreljam View Post

Mike, thanks.  When I went to take a pic with my iphone, it was smaller than I thought - looks like a little epoxy to seal it and I'm good.  I'll probably also try and bend the edge back close to shape just so it doesn't catch.  But, let's see if I can get this pic to post:

 

post:  IMG_0419[1]

 



 

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