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Bringing old skis back to life - Tuning practice

post #1 of 9
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So my summer time hobby/beer drinking/practice is to bring a pair of old skis I picked up at a yard sale back to life! As I am getting into tuning after a long absence I thought this would be a good endeavor before the season starts.

So - these skis are in bad shape - bases, edges, etc... Some ptex repair needed as well.

I am pretty setup with my supplies from Slidewright and Racewax - but mainly for edge and waxing.

So - any guidance or tips are welcome. Thinking I need to grind or plane the bases, then hit the edges then drown them in wax.

What steps in what order - assume they need it all!

Thanks in advance for the guidance and advice!

~ Prophet98
post #2 of 9
Pictures might help. If you've got a true bar, I'd run that down them to determine if they are flat. Sometimes you really don't need a grind, they just look bad until you start working on them.
post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 
I will try and get some pics up soon. I plan to test if they are true and maybe can get away without a grind. I am assuming - if the worse case - I would need to :

Grind bases
Repair ptex (or do that before grinding)
Edges
And then drown in wax
post #4 of 9
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I will try and get some pics up soon. I plan to test if they are true and maybe can get away without a grind. I am assuming - if the worse case - I would need to :
 
  • Grind bases
    Repair ptex (or do that before grinding)
    Edges
    And then drown in wax


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Repair before grind!

 

Use base tape before you do your side edges to protect new base grind.

 

depending on grind, you may need to fiber-tex base to knock down structure and remove p-tex hairs if they exist. 

 

Do base edges, then do side edges base taped!

 

The wax, I would also use a good product like Dominator Base renew  hot scrape a couple of times then hot wax and brush with Base renew before your final base coats 

 

http://www.dominatorwax.com/products

post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thanks A-Man!  Good advice!

post #6 of 9
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Thanks A-Man!  Good advice!

Yes sir!:beercheer:

post #7 of 9

Out of curiosity, what are the specifics of the "old" skis you are trying to restore, and, what bindings are on them? I'd think twice about spending the $$$ for a good machine grind unless the skis are worthy of a restoration. Your time comes at no cost, and, I'm not trying to dissuade you from giving it a go on your own.  If they fill a hole in your quiver, then great. As stated above, give them a good true-bar check for flatness, but, if they are concave then they would need a grind. Just do your best tune and then go make turns on them next winter, and, see how they speak to you.

post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 
Living Proof - fair question. These - when brought back to life - would be used by my nephew as well - so if a grind is needed then so be it. Really just looking at the process and what to do in what order. I think I have it .... but wanted the collective knowledge of the forum to guide me!
post #9 of 9
IMO, I had that grind money towards a the Ski Visions base flatening tools. Much better payback over time.


http://www.epicski.com/t/127087/using-ski-visions-base-flatteners
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