Originally Posted by jzmtl
.... Anything you think is cheap likely costs two or three times, or simply not available.
Here is an economical and effective solution: you will need wax, ironing paper, iron, scraper, hand brush.
At home: Crayon a thin layer of wax on the base, spread QUICKLY with the iron to get the base coated. Iron in using the fiberlene between the iron and the base. When you are finished you will have a thin layer of wax left on the base.
On the hill: Scrape lightly right into a trash can, it may be a bit clumsy at first but it can be done. Brush and go. Not perfect, but a good result with minimal effort and expense. No tables, no vises, no mess...
Back oin the late 80's Toko had a product called Dibloc Tex wax, it was fiberlene impregnated with wax. You would warm up your iron, put the foot-long sheet between your iron and the base and drag the sheet down the length of the base. I remember doing it it on the floor of our NYC apartment, no mess at all and my wife was happy (as long as I did her skis as well). Then I would scrape and brush on the mountain and the skis ran great. The crayoning the wax and ironing with fiberlene accomplishes the same thing at a much lower price.