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Top Sheet "prettying"

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 

Santa Claus is set to deliver some Spongebob skis for my 5 year-old this year.  They are in his "workshop" and are pretty scratched up.  I realize it's just surface stuff, but was curious if there's anything to do pretty up the topsheets, like some sort of wax or clearcoat.

 

Thanks

post #2 of 17

I don't have any Spongebob skis,but a good car wax will bring a nice shine to those boards and take some of the surface scratches out. However, there might be a few other Bears that do own those certain skis that have other tips.biggrin.gif

post #3 of 17

A good auto cleaner-wax on the topskins, then a little ArmorAll on the binding covers swill make them nice and shiny.

I do it to all of the skis that come across my bench in the fall.

 

Mike

 

post #4 of 17
Thread Starter 

Perfect...I figured there might be something like this as an inside trick.  How many surface scratches will it hide?

 

Also, don't knock those spongebob skis if you haven't tried them.  At 93cm long, they have some amazing float in the powpow!spongebobskis.gif!

post #5 of 17

Depending on the depth of scratches, you may wish to try something with a little more aggression.  A high quality paste rubbing compound, followed by a polishing compound, and finally a protective coat of caranuba wax works on light to moderate car finish blemishes.  Depending on the end user, they may or may not notice the extra elbow grease required to add the extra polishing steps.  smile.gif  You'll have to decide if it's worth the effort and cost (some of the polishes can run $20+ per tub).

 

Brian~

post #6 of 17


Your right they would be sweet in the POW. I'm just not skilled enough to try it.redface.gif Your child will be thrilled when he sees those boards.

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Originally Posted by elduderino View Post

Perfect...I figured there might be something like this as an inside trick.  How many surface scratches will it hide?

 

Also, don't knock those spongebob skis if you haven't tried them.  At 93cm long, they have some amazing float in the powpow!spongebobskis.gif!



 

post #7 of 17

Why not just grab a couple Sponge Bob stickers to slap over any particularly nasty marks?

post #8 of 17
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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post

Why not just grab a couple Sponge Bob stickers to slap over any particularly nasty marks?

 

Everyone knows you use stickers of Sponge Bob's best skiing buddy, Patrick to hide top sheet blemishes.

 

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post #9 of 17
Thread Starter 

Funny stuff.  At 5, he'll probably not even notice the scratches or think they're totally normal.  I'm just very gun shy since our oldest has OCD among other things, and has a weird issue with "used" things.  He wants to be the first person to touch his things.  Very strange and very expensive issue.

post #10 of 17

I need to turn those skis into snowlerblades. They'd work better with this getup than the 223s I'm wearing in this picture (they don't look too long because all 4 of us have skis longer than 210):

 

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post #11 of 17
Thread Starter 

WIth $59 and a trip to galacticsnowsports....they could be yours!  beercheer.gif

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by Sinecure View Post

I need to turn those skis into snowlerblades. They'd work better with this getup than the 223s I'm wearing in this picture (they don't look too long because all 4 of us have skis longer than 210):

 

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post #12 of 17

Elduderino - you must be a good man!  Thrifty, practical, handy, and teaching your kids to ski!

 

I have done the same thing many times - buy some skis at a swap for the kids and try to make them look like new.  All good ideas above, just depends on the severity of the abuse.  For badly scratched up top sheets I have used 600 grit sandpaper, then 1000 grit, then hit them with a couple light coats of clear coat - with truly amazing results!  Is the clear coat as durable as the factory finish? No, but it will make a great first impression and they will hold up fairly well for a season.  And then they are grown out of them anyway, right?

 

Go to a paint store and tell them what you are doing  - ask them to steer you towards a paint that is more durable and flexible instead of hard and brittle.  That way it won't be as prone to chipping/cracking.

 

Good luck and put a smile on their face!

 

BST

post #13 of 17

I'm thinking of using some ulta-fine sand paper on my skis before using a polishing compound, but that may not be applicable here (mine have a matte finish to begin with, and I'm looking to get some "burrs" off the top). Just a thought. 

post #14 of 17

Elbow gease goes a long way with topsheet cleaing and buff/waxing.  I too agree a little Patrick decal can make them look cool and cover a scratch.

 

I love the comment about the powpow, heck if we weighed 30-40 lbs we all would float on skis with width like that snowfight.gif

post #15 of 17
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Originally Posted by FETC2007 View Post

Elbow gease goes a long way with topsheet cleaing and buff/waxing.  I too agree a little Patrick decal can make them look cool and cover a scratch.


Especially this image of Patrick on a powder day:

 

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post #16 of 17

Crabby patties anyone?

post #17 of 17
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Crabby patties anyone?


How about some Pretty Patties!?

 

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