Had a hell of a good time at Pico Mtn this weekend. I was loving the narrow powdery and bumpy trails, as well as the open glades, both of which are things I never skied before. The problem was that the snow was thin in places, and my skis are showing it now. Edges are very rough and dull, and bases have a lot of new scratches.
1. I'll start with the easier question about the edges. In a few spots, I can visibly see burrs that stick out possibly half a millimeter. I've been sharpening/polishing with 200 and 400 grit diamond stones. Even before this serious damage, I found I couldn't get the edge underfoot as sharp as the edges at the tip and tail. Should I get a 100 grit stone to not destroy my 200 grit stone, or maybe even a file for big jobs like this one?
2. Have pictures for questions on the bases and top sheet, but here are a couple general questions. Should I repair some of this with a ptex candle, and how bad does damage usually have to get before having to grind my bases? I've skied 11 days on these so far.
These first two are pretty bad and are fairly deep.
This next one isn't very bad, but there's a lot of marks like this on both skis
This next one, I'm not sure how it got there, but I may have slipped with a sidewall planer (more about this in next question). It's about a millimeter wide and seems to go through the top sheet. Any problems with this?
This last one is mostly aesthetic, But how is all that stuff in the D getting rubbed off as well as some green showing through on the right?
3. I used a sidewall planer for the first time on these tonight and had some difficulties. I didn't remove very much, and it looked like I was getting right up to the metal (edge) but it's hard to tell. Is it okay to remove a tiny amount of metal? Removing at the tip and tail was also very difficult. I couldn't pull it smoothly, and part of the top sheet would also get lifted up, which I later removed with a small knife. How important is it to get close to the tip and tail.
My skis are Head Rev 80 in case it matters.