"Fancy stuff"? OK, so I own a vise, an iron, brushes--a total of about $200 to $225 in gear and another $50 so far in wax, most of which is still here. I'm heavy and not skiing nearly enough to be skating as well as I sometimes can and poling's a drag, so not having to worry about maintaining speed to get across a flat is a very nice thing. So is experiencing some "whoa, who strapped on the booster rocket??" when I try my 'slow line fast' while doing the cool new thing I just learned, but the base friction I used to rely on for speed control just isn't there, so my line has to be even slower. I also like doing stuff like waxing. So yeah, I find it more than worth the money and time I spend on it.
But you've found a cheap and easy way that makes you happy, and that's great. Maybe corking on wax once or twice a day would give me just as long a glide as hot waxing with plenty of base prep, but it sounds like the temp-specific shop roller waxes I used to get--fun for a day, but then dragging along until I popped for another wax, while my
waxing is no one-and-done deal. After my Geishas' second grind in a few months I did several liquid hot scrapes, several soft scrapes, three or so layers of base prep cooled, scraped and brushed out, a round of Hertel Hot Sauce (
) mixed with Cold Snap, and a final round of plain Hertel (only because I realized it wasn't nearly as cold as I expected). I have three days on them since then, and granted, it's not abrasive man-made snow, but they're no less slippery than the first run. I don't expect to wax again for at least another few days of skiing, and I don't expect to have to prep the bases again until the snow gets gunky in the spring, maybe not even then. You'll note, however, that I didn't do dozens of hot scrapes, slowly working my way up the temperature scale until I arrive at a daily wax. I take my status as a recreational skier seriously, if that makes any sense, and that too much like work, unless you need every little bit of glide you can squeeze out of your skis. And I don't.
As for the mythology of how wax works, I really couldn't care less. All that matters is that liberal hot waxing works, works better than other methods I've experienced, and lasts longer than crayoning and corking.
Jacques, I don't know what happened to you when you used Hertel, but it sounds like a traumatizing event. Maybe it's been reformulated, because IME it's easy to iron in, as fast or faster than anything I've skied on, and as I said above, it's pretty durable, at least our friendly snow. As with spindrift's corking method, it's possible another wax would work better, but I'm not sure how much less friction there could be without feeling like I was on an airboat.