Originally Posted by jc-ski
Started tuning a pair of skis and discovered there's some sidewall/edge damage...
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The edge is pushed down by the compromised sidewall as shown a few inches behind the heel of the binding, but does not appear damaged otherwise. Same with the base, although it does protrude a bit at that point. Not sure how it got that way, but it appears be a bend/stress thing, not direct rock/etc hit that might have broken or seriously dinged the edge and resulted in a deep base gouge.
Anyway, wondering if there's any way to try and bring that edge back in line? I have not tried taking a hammer to it - not sure if that would be a bad idea, or have a lasting impact anyway.
If not, short of bagging it just put it on the outside/make this the left ski?
I've seen something that looks very similar to this quite a few times before. Sometimes as a recreation/race skier when you run over something (as you obviously have) , small particles of it (in my case, break-aways or stubbys, in your case ....?) can force their way in between the top of the edge and the sidewall causing a gap to occur. What I did as a fix was to ...
1: open the "gap" even further (slightly) with a small, flat tool (mini screwdriver), and leave it there for now...
2:using an even smaller tool (razor blade...?something THIN) "fish out"/dig out the foreign material wedged in the ski--get as much out as you can. DON'T cut yourself, (and don't sue me if you do) use gloves!!
3:with the small screwdriver still in place, heat the area with a heat gun (not too hot, but get it quite warm) and then drizzle/work in some 2 part epoxy or industrial strength super glue (with the razor blade maybe, gently) until the gap is slightly over filled. Heat it again so the glue drains in...add more as needed.
4:once you're sure you're good, remove the small screwdriver, clamp the affected area (clean off excess glue from sidewall) and allow to dry for 24 hrs.
p.s. I performed the same procedure above on a pair of SL's I had (ran over a pole training) and it worked pretty good...even raced 'em a few times afterwards
p.p.s.s I would NOT us a hammer...