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Does Base Prep Wax finish "glossy"??

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I did a search but couldn't find anything so I apologize in advance if this has been covered.  I'm working on some new skis - K2 Superific's for my wife.  Bases looked good - structure was very visible, glossy and flat per my true bar.  So I applied two coats of base prep (swix) wax with a scrape inbetween (after letting the skis cool for about 4 hours).  After the second coat I went through my "normal" routine - scrape, brass brush, white bristle "finishing" brush, micro fiber to kind of rub it in and then a diaper.  Normally after this "process" I end up with nice, glossy almost liquid looking bases.  These bases don't look exactly dull but they are not glossy either.  Is that normal for base prep waxes not to buff out as shiny as finishing waxes?  If it matters, I am not getting any additional material to "come up" when I brush so they are brushed thoroughly.  In any case, I don't want to start putting down finishing waxes until I have a better idea if I'm okay or not.  I've been waxing skis for a long time - but this is my first experience with base prep wax.  In the past I've always just put temp specific wax on and let her roll with satisfactory results.  Wanted to do the "most" to take care of the wife's new skis - now I'm nervous I screwed something up.  Thanks for the insight - I appreciate it.  Paul

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Some additional info - bases "feel" waxy.  I can put a mark in them if I scrape with my finger nail but no wax is removed.  I'm kind of just assuming this means the bases are "full" and the soft base prep wax just doesn't buff out.  Again - additional insight would be appreciated.  Thanks!!

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I'd love to help you, but I just use hydro as base prep and I use a roto brush, so never had the issue. Used to use yellow wax, but all my skis have been waxed so often that I just use red now, and really at the first step of my preseason prep there are so many more times I'm going to scrape and brush I'm not worried about gloss.
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Some additional info - bases "feel" waxy.  I can put a mark in them if I scrape with my finger nail but no wax is removed.  I'm kind of just assuming this means the bases are "full" and the soft base prep wax just doesn't buff out.  Again - additional insight would be appreciated.  Thanks!!

I can't imagine you screwed anything up from your description. 

 

I prorbalby would have done a couple of things differently.

 

#1, I would have knocked down the structure some  and probably done a couple of hot scrapes before leaving a scraped coat of base prep wax. 

 

But sounds like you're fine as is!

post #5 of 7

   I think you're fine. Base prep waxes often have graphite in them which can produce a different looking finish--they also require lower temps for application. Which brand and type did you use and on what temp. setting?

 

    zenny

post #6 of 7

I'm guessing but...

 

Base prep isn't for glide, right?  So, don't compare it to glide waxes.  I use Dominator base prep and it isn't "as" glossy as the harder glide waxes.  This might be because the prep waxes are softer.

 

Ken

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Zentune - Swix Base Prep 88 at 265 degrees per the recommendation on the package.  Iron is a swix digital that I have used for years.  Thanks for the replys - I appreciate it.  I think based on your feedback that I'm okay and I'm going to start applying glide wax.  Paul

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