After not waxing my skis for about 15 ski day's, the wax last a long time on natural snow. I figured it was about time to flatten the bases and wax.
My daily routine is, after skiing, take a 100 grit moonflex in my steel 93* edge guide, use the 50/50 mix and run the file up/dn each edge 3 or 4 times. Dry the ski, put it away until the next ski day.
When skiing on man made snow I'll wax every 3 or 4 ski day's.
Prior to waxing here's what I do:
I have both the ski visions base file holder and the holder for the ruby stones.
I'll run the flattener with the file tip to tail a couple of times. But really I find it doesn't take much P-tex off.
I find a coarse ruby stone takes off the most P-tex from the convex or high middle of the base out to the edges. After this 15 day's or so, I found that I had to run the coarse stone in the holder tip to tail about 10 times. Then I got bored.
Put the medium ruby stone in to knock down the coarseness a little. May be 5 times down the bases.
Now in all the years I have been using these tools. I have never gotten the entire base flat to the metal edges. I can sometimes get all but about 3/8" from the metal edge. Then i get bored.
Then I take a 1* base guide with a file in it and just lay it on the base and push it down the edge, no pressure push down on it, just moving it down the edge. The idea is to knock off any high spot's not change the base angle.
Then clamp the 100 grit moonflex to the steel 93* guide, and run it up/dn the edges about 5 may be 6 times. Yes using the 50/50 mix as a lube. I'll some times take a small piece of a panzer file and clamp it in front of the moonflex. I only use that set up once may be twice. Don't need to take off to much metal. if I use the file I always follow with just the moonflex and few times.
Been pretty much doing that the past 14 years. The skis have great edge hold, nice pop out of the turn, glide great, quick edge to edge, I can think turn and it happens, are very stable at speed, yes even up into the mid to high 60mph.
This has been the process I have been doing to my 3 y/o Volkl Kendo's with over 100 day's on them. Other then having them mounted at a different shop then I bought them from, (didn't have my boots with me) the skis have never been back to the shop.
I will say I don't use a gummy stone, have never felt a burr that a shop tune seems to put in.
Just to verify, do the 93 from tips to tails, never de-tune the tip or tail of a shaped ski.
Who else finds it hard to get the bases flat edge to edge with the base flattening tools ?
Here's the bases of my Kendo's
That hole has been there for over 2 years.
the other one. It's looked like that since sometime last year. They ski great.
Edited by Max Capacity - 3/31/14 at 2:36pm