Another lazy, quick edit by yours truly. Been doing this for over 20 years, never had a problem.
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Wax remover = base cleaner, its good for cleaning tools, and topsheets. Never use it on your bases, unless you are spot cleaning chairlift grease. Some will use it in base repair prep - but I prefer not to.
Chenzo's super secret speed sauce - 100 parts water to 1 part eye of newt.
I recently used some Pedro's Oranj Peelz Degreaser to clean my stones (not diamond stones) and it worked very well.
Any thoughts on whether this is similar to and/or OK to use on the diamonds?
Not to long ago, I bought a can of Hertel base cleaner (10 oz., $19.95.) The stuff woks great for cleaning diamond stones (I use a small brass brush) and getting wax off scrapers and stuff. Like many of us, I do not believe in using ANY solvent/base cleaner on the base of skis. Rather, to clean the base, I will hot scrape with paraffin from the grocery store (no colors or sent added.)
Anyway, upon smelling and working with the Hertel base cleaner, I concluded that it's nothing more than kerosene. I'll probably be lambasted for this, but plain old kerosene is now what I use to get the gunk out of diamond stones and clean scrapers and such. Because kerosene does not explode (like gasoline,) the fire issue is not great. Kerosene, by the way, works great for starting a camp fire. That said, I am, obviously, careful not to have any open flame when I am using kerosene - better safe than sorry.
My homemade "super secret sauce" for polishing and lubricating the edges is nothing more than a 50/50 solution of water and denatured alcohol with a few drops of Dawn for good measure. This concoction is cheap and works well.
I don't know about that ^. I use a big container of juice. The stones are dipped in this frequently as the work is being done. Can't have too much "juice"! If I see anything in the stones, I hit them with the toothbrush size wire brush. Keeps them clean always.
Here is the part where I show that minus the cleaning deal. Tons of fluid is the answer. Then again the sidewalls must be planed back as well. It's the plastic that clogs the stones.
Yes, one can use a toothbrush as well. Denatured alcohol mixed with water is safe to clean with, so yes. One may clean them however they like. I find little need to clean them the way I use them. They pretty much stay clean. Oh my......I have not washed or polished any of my cars in years! That's something I know nothing about!