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Tune Your Waxing Irons!

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Not tuning your waxing iron is a common mistake amongst many waxers and tuners who are just getting started.  A smooth iron sole plate is very important as you don't want to impart too much scratching on the ski base.  It is also very important to have a proper base bevel and a deburred base edge prior to waxing.  An edge high base will scratch the sole plate of the iron, then that will lead to scratches on the base.  Minor scratches are nothing to worry about, but still, you don't need to make matters worse.  Minor scratches should never be repaired other than scraping to remove the high spots as any base repair creates more crystalline areas where wax can no longer be "absorbed" into the sintered base.  Avoid any base repair unless it is a significant gouge.

 

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Whats the recommended method for deburring your iron?

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Originally Posted by Brian Lindahl View Post
 

Whats the recommended method for deburring your iron?


That is a good question as I don't go into that!  Start with sandpaper.  If you have a large piece to can lay it on a flat surface, hold onto it, and slide the iron over it.  Use a sanding block and turn the iron upside down and go to town.  Like most sanding start with a course one first then move to a finer and finer grit.  Diamond stones can be used as well.  I used boride polishing stones on mine to smooth the groves at the edges. Stones of the boride type are used industrially to smooth the inside of molds and to sharpen dental tools etc.  They have many uses. (trivia)

I hope that helps Brian.

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