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I had the idea of getting a wide, dense-pattern brass bristle BBQ or workshop brush for following up on wax vs a brush like Swix that goes for $25. The former can be had for $4-6. There are also dense-pattern stainless steel ones (one is a 6-inch wide algae scrubbing pool brush) maybe for cleaning out bases before waxing for $7. Nylon ones too. Thoughts?

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Originally Posted by 3whoSki View Post

I had the idea of getting a wide, dense-pattern brass bristle BBQ or workshop brush for following up on wax vs a brush like Swix that goes for $25. The former can be had for $4-6. There are also dense-pattern stainless steel ones (one is a 6-inch wide algae scrubbing pool brush) maybe for cleaning out bases before waxing for $7. Nylon ones too. Thoughts?

Well my frugile comrade, yes you can. A few years back, I did almost exactly this. I went to home cheapo and bought a brass grill brush. Cut off the 18" wooden handle. Worked fine. Cost less than $5.

For a nylon brush, I went to a local tack shop and bought a nylon horse brush. Also worked pretty good. I think it was $10. They had quite an assortment to choose from.

The best part was the day a friend of mine that is a Master Racer tried my skis and came back and commented on how fast the skis were.

Fast forward a few years and I now have an assortment of roto brushes, and nice (ski specific) oval and rectangular brushes. I don't much care for the rectangular ones. The roto brushes make life easy and I can breeze through pre wax brushing and post wax buffing. The oval ones have a nice strap and are great for what they are designed for and are made much better than the brushes from home cheapo and the tact shop, which only lasted a season or two.

If I was to do it all over again, I would get the ski specific oval brushes and probably the roto brushes. I usually end up doing several pairs of skis so the roto brushes let me do in one pass what would take me five or ten passes with the hand brushes. They are pricey though. The oval brushes are well worth the money. Expensive for what they are but they will out last and out perform grill brushes and the like. Definitely the better tool for the job at hand and in my opinion, your money is better spent. Part of this might be that when you spend that much on brushes, you'll take better care of them to make sure they last a long time. Not so much with a $5 brush.

Hope this helps,
Ken
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   Good advice, Kenicon14.gif Rotos and oval hands ARE best--rectangular less so...and they do last quite a long time. I have heard of people using BBQ brushes (including Dave Pezek, wc tuner) though I think he suggested it for the budget-mindedwink.gif--I've never tried it myself.

 

    zenny

post #4 of 9

I really like the oval brushes too. My metal ones are Holmenkol including my favorite brush a soft brass.  I have a couple of the small rectangular brushes that I keep in a small "bring to the mountain" wax/tuning backpack (we live several hours from anywhere I ski) but I never use them for anything but travel. They were my original brush purchases. I have never used a roto - I just do my own 6 sets of skis (no more than 2 or 3 at a time) and it just seemed too expensive.

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Are the oval ones better as they fit your hand better than rectangular ones or is it something else?

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They do more area with each pass so they cut the time at least in half. They also are better in the hand as the strap helps you use the whole hand/arm rather than getting too much discrete hand action. Some of the brushing can be pretty firm.

post #7 of 9

What vsirin said.

 

I'm sure there's some ergonomic thing going on too as the oval brushes fit the hand better and are shaped more like a hand.

post #8 of 9

Roto brushes are the best deal for me.  I value my time much more than the additional cost, which is somewhere between a tank of gas and a lift ticket.

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Roto brushes are the best deal for me.  I value my time much more than the additional cost, which is somewhere between a tank of gas and a lift ticket.

I have been lusting after a set of roto brushes, but until then I will continue using my nice $5 nylon bristle scrub brush, at least it has a confortable handle!

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