I've been doing a lot of research on tuning skis, and I've come up with this list of items to get along with questions. I'm an intermediate skier, in the north east, skiing about a dozen times a year. I'm not looking for performance every time I ski, I just want my skis to last as long as possible, and not spend a fortune constantly going back to a shop. I'm mostly following the guide at skituning101.com. I'll start out with waxing and sharpening the side edges.
If I need the base edges sharpened, I think I'll get that done by a shop, unless you guys disagree and think it's as easy to do as the side edges. Any base repairs that are needed will be done by a shop. Is this typically done with a base grind, or do some of them actually fill in with ptex?
1. wax remover/base cleaner vs hot scrape. Is there a difference between wax remover and base cleaner? Does it get the same thing done as a hot scrape (cleaning skis)? Is it worth getting wax remover or base cleaner?
2. Plastic scraper
3. Copper brush (for after scraping) and nylon brush (for opening structure and after brushing with the copper brush) Edit: artech doesn't have copper brushes, but they have stainless steel and brass. Which one should I get to use as the first brush after scraping? Also, is a horse hair brush that important?
4. rubber band
5. Two spring clamps
6. Some general-purpose cold wax
7. skiing iron
8. 200 and 400 grit diamond stones. Do I need more?
9. 1° side edge guide
10. fibertex pads for after a base grind. Which grit do I want?
11. Gummi stone to remove hanging burr. Which grit do I want here?
12. 1° Base edge guide, if you guys think it's as easy as doing the side edge
As far as a ski vice, I'll get creative with four bricks and duct tape.
I noticed that the sidewall on my skis (Head Rev 80) is flush against the side edge. How much sharpening can I do until I need a sidewall planner?
Any comments? Missing anything?
Edited by nemesis256 - 12/8/13 at 11:11am