I have a stupid question - when you scrape from tip to tail, I understand the correct way to scrape is like this..../ > and not like this ...\ >.
But why and and what if you do the wrong way?
hahaha.. I ALWAYS do this ..\ > for the first several passes simply because it shaves deeper and takes fewer strokes. I could see damaging the base if you're not careful, but don't recall that actually happening. For the last two I'll run it this way ../ > in hopes that the grain will somehow be faster that way..
After skiing half a run I seriously doubt it makes any difference at all which way you held the scraper when you scraped as long as you did scrape most of it off..
I can't imagine why the angle of the scrapper matters at all. It may be more efficient one way or the other but it won't affect the skis. I find I prefer the conventional way /.> but I've tried the other and didn't find it made much difference. I'd use whichever feels better.
My thoughts are that the concern on which way the scraper is leaning, isn't near as importan as where you are putting pressure on the scraper. The scraper pointing fore or aft is fine but if you are applying too much pressure to the center of the scraper, it will bend and at the apex of the bend, you will dig deeper.
Well, there is a slight difference as the acute angle pushes/compresses the wax into the ski as it scrapes. If you ever packed grease into wheel bearings or ever caulked something, or did drywall/mud work, the action is similar to the tool actions you use in those tasks. So you're squeezing the material into the substrate; versus just squirting grease/caulk on top and scraping away the excess..
Compared to the obtuse angle which just shears away the top (and already mentioned, potential for gouging)
Agree that it probably doesn't really make difference, the fact that you waxed at all is the most important part. Do whatever most easily gets the unneeded wax off.
I think's he's talking about if you hold it at 45degrees, versus 135degrees.
So the debate is if you go like a chisel, or do you go like a paintbrush(or knife spreading butter/scraping toast).
Agree that the push/pull is even less of a quibble than this quibble.