If you have a pair of race skis that were stone ground last season, put through a thorough prep (a couple hot box cycles, many cycles of scraping, brushing, fibertex polish, wax, etc.) and were raced during the season with requisite pre/post waxing/tuning for each race, is there any benefit to a hot box treatment now? I have my own hot box but not sure its worth the effort and risk of warping the ski. Seems to me like a ski has to be fully saturated after all of the above. Can you really get more wax into that base?
I have had skis go in to the hot box perfectly flat and come out not quite so perfect anymore. I limit the hot box temp to 130F to avoid warping but even at 130F when you get the inside of that ski warmed up, all the glue, epoxy, wood, metal, etc., which all expand and contract at different rates, things can happen. So, these days my perspective is to limit hot box treatments.
The Montana Wax Future infrared machine makes tremendous sense to me. Only heats up the base material, not the core of the ski. Unfortunately one of those is just a tad out of my price range! I have pondered the idea of buying an infrared pizza maker ($40 at Target) and making my own. There is room in the basement right next to my cold fusion experiments. A plus would be that you can make pizza and wax skis at the same time!
So, I'm interested to hear opinions about if you can get more wax into a "seasoned" ski?