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post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 

Hello, after skiing yesterday I found a a portion of my ski cracked I was wondering what do I do now? Is is fixable? If so how? Thanks. 

post #2 of 22

It sucks, I know, but it can be fixed.  


I've just now finished working on my own skis to fix something similar.  A quick dab of epoxy (Araldite Super Strength in my case for a longer curing time), a hair drier to warm up the surrounding part of the ski and get the epoxy flowing all the way into the crevice, a G clamp to hold it all together (this may be tougher for you as you're dealing with the shoulder of the topsheet) and for me a bit of filing to clean up the finished job.  Good as new ... well almost.

post #3 of 22

Odd looking crack.  Is the edge intact and well adhered to the rest of the ski? Assuming that's not a gash from something sharp--did you take a bad enough fall that the other ski could have done it?--I would worry that there might be damage to the core of the ski from the extreme flexion it would take to make a crack like that. I'd be inclined to hand flex them pretty aggressively at that spot to make sure they still flex smoothly without a sharp bend--also might open up the crack enough to see inside.  If the core is damaged the ski is shot so you're not going to make it worse.

post #4 of 22
Thread Starter 

I believe the edge is still intact. And I believe its a gash from my other ski cause in addition to the crack there are some pretty deep cuts. I took a few more pictures of it. 





post #5 of 22

The additional pics helpp--agree just looks like a gash--should be easy to fix with epoxy as Synbad says. 

post #6 of 22
Thread Starter 

Thanks for your guys help! Im assuming jb weld will get the job done?

post #7 of 22

slow set epoxy is the most flexible, therefore durable. get any 30 to 45 min 2 part epoxy. good to go. If you can't find an Aussie G-clamp try a Yankee C-clamp on it.

post #8 of 22

Here's a shot of my ski.  The original damage was a hit to the topsheet edge that had delaminated a small section and lifted (bent) the metal layer away from the rest of the ski - sort of curled it back and split out a jagged section of the the next layer down.  Sorry now that I didn't get a shot of it prior to mending things.  The fix seems to have worked well.


In retrospect I should have masked the topsheet as well as the sidewall and base.  A bit of cardboard has managed to epoxy itself to the topsheet.  Ah well!  I should be able to clean that off with a little effort, or just get a black marker pen onto it as a disguise smile.gif


Best of luck.



post #9 of 22

cellophane will not stick to epoxy and can be used under your clamp blocks.  Usually epoxy comes right off a surface that has not been prepared to receive it.

post #10 of 22

This just happened to me last weekend. Brand new K2 Chargers... I was so pissed.  I am looking for a clear epoxy to use and I'm wondering what you guys would recommend.  Also, what do I use to keep the clamp from sticking to the ski??









post #11 of 22

Had a big gouge out of my S7's last year (collision with a friend in the tree's). Epoxy and clamp the repair together, should be good as new, the structure of the ski isn't affected but you do want to keep moisture out of the core.


As for which epoxy to use, i prefer Hardman epoxy/urethane

post #12 of 22

some wax paper will work and not stick to the epoxy.

post #13 of 22


A chart with various types of epoxy and recommended uses.



Epoxy Chart

Epoxy Chart

With so many epoxies this can help you decide which one will work best for your specific purpose.





post #14 of 22

OK, just to complete the story, here's the finished job.  I wasn't able to remove the very tip of the metal curl, but I'm happy.  It remains to be seen what happens when I flex the ski in sub-zero temperatures, but with the fix almost directly under the ball of my foot any flexing will be minimal.


post #15 of 22

That's just a flesh wound.  Now get back out there.  smile.gif


Seriously, doesn't look that bad.

post #16 of 22
Originally Posted by sinbad7 View Post

OK, just to complete the story, here's the finished job.  I wasn't able to remove the very tip of the metal curl, but I'm happy.  It remains to be seen what happens when I flex the ski in sub-zero temperatures, but with the fix almost directly under the ball of my foot any flexing will be minimal.



I'm impressed, good job. What kind of Epoxy/Urethane did you use? 

post #17 of 22

Hey, thanks.


I used the slowest curing Araldite I could find.  I was looking to find some marine-type epoxy (I'm no expert here) but could only find it in a huge pack, so I went back to Araldite in the tiny consumer packs.  I picked up the hairdryer tip from somewhere on this forum - thanks to whoever it was - and that got the epoxy flowing into the crevice nicely.  After it set I had to file away some material that was sticking out beneath the topmost metal layer (I'm thinking I may have cranked the clamp on a bit hard) and then scrape away some cardboard that I epoxied to the topsheet.  Fingers crossed it holds up.

post #18 of 22

It looks like a nice neat fix. Hopefully the epoxy turns out to be the right one.

post #19 of 22
Thread Starter 

all right guys since i have free time now im going to actually attempt the repair is it all right if i get epoxy in the crack/inside the ski or should the epoxy stay outside?

post #20 of 22

You want the epoxy to flow into the space below the avulsion. It does not look very deep so it should not be too bad. But with where the damage is, at the "shoulder" of the ski, you will want to plan ahead as to hold it in place while it cures. You might want to find/make some type of little right angle fixture to hold down both the top and side of the "flap" as it cures. Once you figure out how to hold it in place, you can put the epoxy down in the skis area, carefully put the "flap" back into place top and side, add a little epoxy over the flap (like painting a fingernail, not thick) and then put your fixture and clamp on and let it sit. Once cured, you'll need to sand the area to smooth it out to make sure it won't catch there again.

post #21 of 22

OK.  Just to round out this story for anyone who follows, after two solid weeks of skiing in Whistler the repair has held up just fine.  Unchanged from the repair shot above.  Happy with that.

post #22 of 22

Just and FYI, SVST makes a two part epoxy that works great. Also anyone who has a K2 ski? with the topsheet that has the clear layer of urethane, I usually just cut that portion off, and then add a layer of epoxy using a cloth type of tape over it to form to the topsheet. Then once it dries, us a emery cloth, with is like a sand paper and sand it down. Its ok if the topsheet get cut like the first original picture, and will not harm the skis performance. I usually try to assure my customers that it will be ok, and if they want it repaired I will cut that portion and just make a new part of that topsheet, but more important that there bases are taken care of and the edges are sharp and not rusted, and the bindings are working correctly first.

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