Originally Posted by FatChance
I am wondering about putting hot wax cycles into a fresh (post-stone grind) base after doing one or two hot scrapes. Are heat/cool or heat/cool/scrape steps most effective? I guess the gist of my question is can I hot wax, let the bases cool then repeat running my wax iron over to re-melt the wax and cooling the bases or does a scrape in between matter? Is heating the wax into the base the most important factor or is scraping off each hot wax cycle application and reapplying fresh wax again a necessary step before doing a final scrape and brush?
Or am I being silly and multiple wax cycles are even something I should worry about? FWIW, this is for purely recreational purposes. Thanks!
Because you have a fresh grind, much scraping and brushing is going to be important to "break-in" the grind. The wax will lubricate for those cycles of scraping and brushing. The ski needs wax to be worked on. Best is to let it cool well each time. Scraping helps to smooth the highs of the structure. Brushing helps to smooth the lows of the structure.
Once the grind is broken in after several scrape and brush cycles, then just leaving the wax on the ski and re-ironing it over and over without overheating the base is not a bad thing to do at all. Wax penetration is a factor of time more than a factor of heat. This is why Hot Boxing a ski is best for initial wax preparation of a ski.
Your first cycles need to be the softest waxes. The soft wax molecules are smaller and will go deeper because they are smaller. Then the harder waxes will adhere to the soft. To only use hard wax in preparation is a mistake.
You don't need to be a racer to benefit from a well prepared base. It will last longer per wax and turn better. It will not wear out as fast.
Hope that helps you.