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Why are shop-waxings so perfect?

post #1 of 9
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Is it the wax, the iron, or the brushing?

 

Any time I've gotten skis waxed by a shop, the bottoms of the skis come back looking like they've been polished with shoe-shine, glistening with a sheen.  And they glide amazingly well.

 

When I wax my skis myself, the results aren't quite this good.

 

What do shops have cooking up in the back?

post #2 of 9

rotobrush

post #3 of 9

With a bit colder wax, enough brushing makes base look like it would really be polished. So yes,,, rotobrush or one helluva lot of brushing with nylon brush :)

post #4 of 9

Swix Fibverlene waxing sheets.

 

After crayoning the wax on. (better then dripping in all respects. Protects base from hot iron and uses much less wax) and ironING it in, you use the Swix Fiberlene Wax Sheet under the iron and make one even slow pass.  Absorbs excess wax and makes for a very even thin wax coating, that is much easier to scrape.

 

1 sheet does 2 skis. you only use 1/2 the sheet per ski.

 

After scraping and brushing, finall brush with a Black soft nylon roto but first  sprinkle or spray a small amount of water on the ski.

 

 

SHINY AND SMOOTH!  VERY PROFESSIONAL!

 

http://www.tognar.com/swix-fiberlene-hot-waxing-pro-paper-pack/

 

 

post #5 of 9

My bases always look like that following hand brushing - gleaming and fast. I think the key is to start with a well prepared (hot boxed) ski and to never (east coast) go more than 2 days between waxings. The snows in the west are so much softer you can go a day or 2 longer there. I don't know about roto brushing, but you can get that effect with a series of hand brushes.

post #6 of 9

of the 3, that's making your skis appear nice, it's the brushing for the appearance.


The other 2 things (iron/wax) are the performance parts of how long that wax is actually going to be effective and stay in your base 

post #7 of 9

Mine always look like that, both before I owned rotobrushes and since.  But...I'm a brushing fanatic.  And I still use my hand brushes in between rotobrushes.  

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post #9 of 9
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Originally Posted by Skibum220 View Post

They've got things like these..

 

http://www.reichmann-skiservice.com/en/tuning-machines/bwm-350-pro.html

 

Yep, the brushes.  Even a $5  friction waxing "looks" good.

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