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The right order to edge wax scrape and brush my skis

post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 

Hello all.

 

Having learned how to ski with a house full of snowboarders (and peers who snowboarded , their "tuning" tips were always vague and i kind of half assed it till this season.

 

So I went big this season. This is whats in my garage.

- swix table and clamps

- like 4 different edge tools

- irons

- swix CH8 - CH7 - CH6 - CH5

- base cleaner

- 4 plexiglass scrapers

- nylon brush swix

- bronze/brass brush (2 of them by swix)

 

 

 

what is the right order to do edges and then wax?

 

From my experience this is what i would do

 

1. do the edges (side edges and bottom edges)

2. wipe down skis to get the metal filings off

3. scrape the skis with the metal brush to get the old wax off

4. base cleaner

5. use a warmer wax to clean the base (CH8)

6. scrape this wax

7. put the wax on for the snow temperature (lets say ch6)

8. scrape the wax with plexiglass

9. brush it with the nylon brush ? or brass brush?

 

 

 

 

 

does that look right to you? pretty much when to use the different brushes confuses me. I dont race anymore and when i did i never prepped my own skis someone did it for me.

post #2 of 5
Unless you are skiing very dirty conditions, I'd prefer hot scraping to using a base cleaner on a regular basis. Over time, the bases should get more saturated with wax and hold up better while the skis get faster.

There are some that use a metal brush on harder waxes. I don't. But I have patience combined with a rotobrush. I only use metal in the cleaning period.
post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 

do you brush before you scrape then brush again?

post #4 of 5
No, scrape until you don't get any wax off or almost none. Then brush like crazy. I had a series of increasingly soft brushes. Now it's alternating roto brushes and hand brushes.
post #5 of 5

Looks pretty good with a couple of changes in addition to sibhusky's:

 

Don't sharpen or polish the base edge once you have it set properly. Every time you run a stone over the base edge, you take off a bit of the edge, making it harder to get on edge. Instead, use a gummi stone with no pressure on rust spots, use a coarse stone to flatten the work hardened areas (jaggies in the metal) on the base and side edges, then proceed to side edge tuning (sharpening with a file if it's dull, or using stones to polish). 

 

One more step after you tune your edges: with the ski base facing away from you (not base facing up), run a fine diamond stone or arkansas stone flat, lengthwise against the base edge with nearly no pressure to take off the hanging burr. discussion here

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