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Is there a product out there that provides surface protection for skis - kind of like a screen saver for a smart phone?

 

Back when I started skiing (1970's,) there was a product called (I think) "Scuff-Guard."  The stuff, however, worked like crap.  Yes, it did protect the skis from nicks and scratches, but would not stay stuck to the skis.  After about two runs, the glue would release from the plastic "tape" and come flying off leaving the the glue on the surface of the skis.

 

I'm wondering if 3M's Scothgaurd (the clear stuff used on the front of cars) would work.

 

I ask because last year I bought a new pair of skis and after only one season, the skis are all scratched and nicked up.


Edited by TOMT - 10/20/11 at 5:55pm
post #2 of 11

Only the bottoms matter.  Paint the tops flat black...it's real easy to repair any nicks or scratches with Krylon.

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bjohnasson..........Agree and I like your sense of humor.

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I would like to find some SKI SAVER. When I ski locally I have a lot of out of control skiers (both kids and adults) running into me while in the lift line.

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The topsheet on some upper-level skis is very rigid, durable plastic.  This is not the case on some lower-end skis, as I've found out.

 

Don't think there is any such product

 

 

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at one time you could buy a clear sheet of adhesive plastic that could be removed later. don't know if it's still around. people who knew they would sell the skis at the end of one season would use it to preserve the top sheet and it does that.

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davluri.........Yea, that's the "Skuff-Gaurd" stuff I was referring to in my original post.

 

Because I buy new skis every year, for re-sale purposes, I want to add some sort of surface protection.  The typical (Craig's List) buyer is more concerned with the appearance of the top of the ski than the bottom of the ski.  Go figure??

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[Somewhat] seriously...I have found that there are so many topsheet materials and finishes that things such as stickers stick to some skis forever and to others not at all.  I think surface prep would be important and at some point would become too much of a PITA to make it worthwhile.

 

If you're selling good stuff, sell it here or on TGR where skiers only care about the bottoms.  Here in the Albany area, the only stuff I see on CL is pure crap or antique.

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Originally Posted by davluri View Post

at one time you could buy a clear sheet of adhesive plastic that could be removed later. don't know if it's still around. people who knew they would sell the skis at the end of one season would use it to preserve the top sheet and it does that.

I use to do just that.  I found it especially useful on the tails of the skis because people locally don't seem to care whether they are rentals or a pair you paid $1K for they will ski right up on them int eh lift lines.
 

 

post #10 of 11

The 3M automotive product is called ClearMask, and it will work quite nicely. It's a removable clear protective film, that won't damage sound paint finishes, etc. I've used it on cars, boats and even on drums. You should be able to find it at a good auto detailing shop.

Application is easy. Clean the surfaces well with denatured alcohol. mist the ski surfaces and both sides of the film with a 5% dish soap\water mix. Then slide the film on. Squeegee the film out smoothly and remove the soap solution. When it's dry, razor knife the excess film off and you're done.

Good luck,

 

Mike

 

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Originally Posted by cstreu1026 View Post

 

I use to do just that.  I found it especially useful on the tails of the skis because people locally don't seem to care whether they are rentals or a pair you paid $1K for they will ski right up on them int eh lift lines. 

 


I know exactly what you mean. Happens constantly.

 

I usually back my SUV in when I ski locally. Once I was loading my skis at the end of the day -- I turn around and catch a beginner skier just before they crash into my vehicle. Fortunately I am big and it's never much of an impact.

 

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