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Side edge guide cleaning?

post #1 of 15
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So I've been faithfully diamond-stoning my side edges whenever I get back home from ski trips.  I either haven't messed anything up so far or my ski technique isn't refined enough to tell that I've messed up anything... 

 

First question I have for the greater audience here.  The guide plate (i.e. the thingie that pushes against the base) of my side edge guide looks like this:

 

What is the black gunk?  It doesn't just wipe right off.  I'm assuming it's just gunk from what passes as "snow" in New England that transferred to the base and now to my guide...  Anything to worry about?  Should I be brushing my bases to clean them a bit prior to starting edge work?

 

If it matters, my guide is one of these:

post #2 of 15

What color is the wax you use?

post #3 of 15
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Originally Posted by oldjeep View Post
 

What color is the wax you use?

 

I've just been using CH6/8, so pink-ish / blue-ish.  I had one of the local shops set the edges for me at the beginning of the season...  I'm guessing they just put some sort of universal wax on them to start.  Don't know what.

post #4 of 15

clean your guide with base cleaner/wax remover and, call it a day.  use your scraper in a pinch

 

never use a guide that is that dirty, it should always been clean.


Edited by Chenzo - 12/30/14 at 3:03pm
post #5 of 15
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Originally Posted by KevinF View Post
 

So I've been faithfully diamond-stoning my side edges whenever I get back home from ski trips.  I either haven't messed anything up so far or my ski technique isn't refined enough to tell that I've messed up anything... 

 

First question I have for the greater audience here.  The guide plate (i.e. the thingie that pushes against the base) of my side edge guide looks like this:

 

What is the black gunk?  It doesn't just wipe right off.  I'm assuming it's just gunk from what passes as "snow" in New England that transferred to the base and now to my guide...  Anything to worry about?  Should I be brushing my bases to clean them a bit prior to starting edge work?

 

If it matters, my guide is one of these:


I will assume that is an all aluminum guide.  Is that true?  Those plates will get ugly.  Clean it with some coarse fiber pad.  Round the edges of it with sandpaper.

 

I have found that a guide with a stainless steel glide plate will not collect that stuff which is part wax and probably part base material.

 

Get a guide with a stainless steel glide plate.

post #6 of 15

im pretty sure his is the stainless glide plate version from the pics, but i could be wrong.  hard to tell

post #7 of 15
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Originally Posted by Chenzo View Post
 

im pretty sure his is the stainless glide plate version from the pics, but i could be wrong.  hard to tell


They make like three or four kinds there.  All stainless. All Aluminum. Aluminum with stainless glide.  Like you say, hard to say in the photo.

post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by Chenzo View Post
 

im pretty sure his is the stainless glide plate version from the pics, but i could be wrong.  hard to tell


Yeah, it looks like mine, which has the steel glide plate.  Mine doesn't pick up anything, though.

post #9 of 15
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They make like three or four kinds there.  All stainless. All Aluminum. Aluminum with stainless glide.  Like you say, hard to say in the photo.

I sell these tools.  the ones I have are either alu with or without stainless glideplate, or full stainless without glideplate.

post #10 of 15

@KevinF  Clean that guide with whatever method you choose, otherwise you will transfer the dirt/debris back into the base.  Be on the lookout for a burr from your guide - it will be transfered to your base via a linear gouge.  Remove the burr with Jacques rec's.  cheers

post #11 of 15
I use a razor to clean mine. The flat blade type you have for scraping paint off of windows. When I first started doing this I was worried about scratching the guide but it hasn't happened and I've been doing it for a few years.

As for what it is, I think it is just grime,the skis pick up rom the snow and the environment. I have found that brushing th skis out ahead of time lessens it but it is still there.
post #12 of 15
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Thanks for the replies...  I thought I had the stainless-steel guide plate version, but a magnet won't stick to it, so I guess it is the aluminum one.  I'll clean it up somehow and at some point replace it with a steel guide plate.

post #13 of 15

theres no immediate need to replace it.  the alu guides just need regular cleaning.  no big deal.

post #14 of 15

Not sure what type of SS SVST uses for those guide plates but not all SS is magnetic so just because a magnet didn't stick to it doesn't mean it's not SS.  That's definitely a SS guide plate though.

post #15 of 15

If it isn't all stainless or all aluminium look at the edge of the base side you should see a thin stainless layer attached  You will be able to see two layers of material.  I have one that came apart (not svst) if I remember I'll take a photo and post it. 

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