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How can i tell if i burnt the base of my ski when i was hot waxing? I set the temperature of the hot wax iron at 200 degrees but didn't realize that it was in Celsius scale. i don't see anything irregular. I kept the iron moving and didn't keep it in one place for a long time. I did notice that the opposite side of the ski was warm to the touch. I read a lot on the subject and it says that I can burn and melt the base at excessive temperatures and the ski will no longer hold wax. Did i damage my skis because of this?

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I'm not an expert, but I'm guessing that it would be evident if you did damage to your bases.  I would watch the temps in the future but not worry about your skis just yet.

 

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So did you wax at 200 Degrees Celsius or Farenheit?
 

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How can i tell if i burnt the base of my ski when i was hot waxing? I set the temperature of the hot wax iron at 200 degrees but didn't realize that it was in Celsius scale. i don't see anything irregular. I kept the iron moving and didn't keep it in one place for a long time. I did notice that the opposite side of the ski was warm to the touch. I read a lot on the subject and it says that I can burn and melt the base at excessive temperatures and the ski will no longer hold wax. Did i damage my skis because of this?



 

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. I did notice that the opposite side of the ski was warm to the touch.



^ this is normal.

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How can i tell if i burnt the base of my ski when i was hot waxing? I set the temperature of the hot wax iron at 200 degrees but didn't realize that it was in Celsius scale.


You have an iron that actually goes to 200 C???  Holy giant soldering irons Batman! Mine only goes to 160 Cfrown.gif

 

Worst case scenario, you melted the contact cement holding the laminated layers together and compromised it.  Skis may delam, edge separate, or otherwise fail structurally.. highly unlikely though. 

 

Possible, somewhat likely damage is that you burned the bases, won't be visible but wax won't soak in and stick as well.

 

Most likely that the skis are fine though.  Just curious, how bad was the wax smoking at 200C?  You should always turn it down if the wax is smoking.

 

 


Edited by crgildart - 1/9/12 at 11:53am
post #6 of 7

Most likely, you haven't caused too much damage, but as mentioned above, there could be two types:

1. overheating the internal layers and reducing the elasticity of the adhesive.  could possible make the skis delaminate sooner.

2. base burn - melting the surface of the base and reduced the ability to absorb wax.

At this point, I wouldn't do anything, but watch how long your skis hold wax.  If you can't get trough a day without showing grayish bases, a base grind would be the next option.  Unless there was a dramatic damage, a base grind should open the bases again.

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Normal iron temp for wax is about 120 C /250 F

 

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You have an iron that actually goes to 200 C???  Holy giant soldering irons Batman! Mine only goes to 160 Cfrown.gif

 

Worst case scenario, you melted the contact cement holding the laminated layers together and compromised it.  Skis may delam, edge separate, or otherwise fail structurally.. highly unlikely though. 

 

Possible, somewhat likely damage is that you burned the bases, won't be visible but wax won't soak in and stick as well.

 

Most likely that the skis are fine though.  Just curious, how bad was the wax smoking at 200C?  You should always turn it down if the wax is smoking.

 

 



 

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