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post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 

Heading to Garmisch Germany for a few days of skiing.  Will not be able to take my iron.  Big ski week over there so fast turnaround for a good hand wax job will be hard to get.  Which of the following would be better:

 

1.  Pack a stick of wax, cork, scraper and nylon brush....crayon wax onto ski, cork in, scrape if necessary, then brush out.

 

or

 

2.  Pay to have skis run over a wax roller/buffer

 

I can't imagine option 2 giving a durable wax job that will prove adequate for a full day of skiing.

 

Will corking the wax crayoned onto the base do much beyond spreading and smoothing it on the base or will it help get into the p-tex?

 

Thanks,

-Z

post #2 of 17

if your staying in a hotel, use the clothes iron....

post #3 of 17
I get 3 days with ch3 on the sides. Using the hotel iron , that's just cold, I mean hot
post #4 of 17

I've had reasonable success with a paste wax.  Usually my hot wax job lasts for three days.  After that, it's daily paste waxing, which is pretty quick.

post #5 of 17

option 1 isn't much different than option 2 except you pay for 2. The principal is the same, use friction to warm the wax up to melt/stick it to the ski.

post #6 of 17
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Originally Posted by ScotsSkier View Post
 

if your staying in a hotel, use the clothes iron....

 

That seems as considerate as crapping in the bed.

post #7 of 17
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Originally Posted by ScotsSkier View Post
 

if your staying in a hotel, use the clothes iron....

 

 

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Originally Posted by Metaphor_ View Post
 

 

That seems as considerate as crapping in the bed.


Not if you wrap some foil over it...:dunno 

 

 

You can also rub wax on then use a hair dryer to melt it down some..

post #8 of 17

Unless your racing...do nothing...I go weeks without waxing my skis

post #9 of 17
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Originally Posted by Metaphor_ View Post
 

 

That seems as considerate as crapping in the bed.

 Nonsense!   Just wipe it down, turn up to high and blow some steam through it.  Clean as a whistle I guarantee!  :)

 

On the other hand that wouldn't work for the bed.....

post #10 of 17

@zohan

 

If it was me I would hot wax the skis well before leaving making sure the bases are saturated with base prep and coated with a

good, broad-ranged glide wax like Zoom or Zoom graphite.

 

The I would travel with a small brass/horse hair (or straight horsehair) brush and take two jars of Momentium one for warm snow and

one for cold snow; and maybe a Rocket for refreshing top-coats during the day.

 

The Momentiums are an excellent choice for performance waxing on the go, as you do not need an iron, just apply as directed then allow to cure (just a few minuntes)

then polish, brush and go. During the day I would then apply Rocket on top to refresh and protect the bases from running out of wax.

 

Go to:  http://www.dominatorwax.com/products/momentium-warm

 

Have fun in Germany,

 

Tom

post #11 of 17

^  Yes Tom is right on.  He is the man.  After breaking my leg years back, I could not wax my wife's skis for her.  I got some Momentium paste from Dominator and told her how to use it.  She made several ski days and the bases did not burn.  I was very happy with the product.

 

Other than that, like he said take a brush!  I do wax very well always, but when I don't, I always brush out the skis very well after any ski day no matter 1 run or 10.  

 

Moral of the story is always brush out the skis no matter if you re-wax or not.  I prefer a fine brass brush if I only had one brush.  Light pressure, many passes.

post #12 of 17
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Originally Posted by Xela View Post
 

I've had reasonable success with a paste wax.  Usually my hot wax job lasts for three days.  After that, it's daily paste waxing, which is pretty quick.


Ah....but laying down a bit of paste right away will preserve the wax in the base even better!  Good for a no iron waxing travel time!  Also just a good rub-on of the Dominator Zoom, buffing and brushing will help a ton too!

post #13 of 17

I bring my small travel iron...

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post #14 of 17
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I bring my small electrical fire hazard

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post #15 of 17
Thread Starter 

Thanks to all for the advice.  I will take a look around town tomorrow to see if I can find some pastewax.  The snow here is a bit depressing.  We arrived last night here in Garmisch and the drive through Germany and the small jaunt into Austria on the way here we saw no snow.  There is no snow on the lower mountain and its was 10 degrees in town today, but we are told the conditions are better up top past the gondola that takes your from the parking area to the lifts.  We signed up for 4 days of instruction...my kids will start in an intermediate group and might possibly move up to an advanced group.  I will be getting solo advanced instruction.  It is a ski week deal via the Edelweiss lodge which is a military morale and welfare facility here in Bavaria.  $280/kid for 4 days and $360 for me.  Inluded 4 days of lift tickets, 4 hours of instruction (with an english speaking instructor) per day, and rental gear to include ski jacket, pants, and helmet if needed.  We are good to go on the clothing and helmets and I have all my equipment but my girls out grew there equipment a couple of years ago so they are renting.

 

With the iffy snow conditions I had my boots fitted to some rental skis so that I don't have to thrash mine.  I will ski with the rental skis tomorrow and assess the snow coverage and then decide if I will use my own boards the rest of the week...that will save me at least a day of having to worry about waxing and give me tomorrow evening to find some pastewax as not much is open on Sundays here in Europe.

 

Thanks again.

 

-Z

post #16 of 17

Under no circumstances ever use a clothes iron unless that clothes iron will never be used on clothes again. 

post #17 of 17
Thread Starter 

Thanks again for all the advice.  The manager of the shop at the ski center with whom we were skiing with allowed me to use his work bench and iron.  I had my own wax, scraper, and brush to minimize the use of their equipment.  It worked out well.  Will be ordering some paste wax for the future though.

 

Thanks,

 

-Z

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