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I know others have asked in the past have about what kind of household cleaner / hardware store solvent one can use as an alternative to $$$ base cleaners. I happened to find a bottle of De-Solv-It Orange All Purpose Cleaner at my local liquidation outlet, and decided to try it out on some beater skis. It seemed to do a decent job getting crud and even surface rust off the skis, although it wasn't too good with wax - it cleaned the permanent marker off my wax scraper, but not much wax.

Seems there is another product made by the same company called de-solv-it citrus cleaner, that specifically mentions cutting through candle wax. I may get a bottle of it if I can find it again as I recently wrecked a nice pair of hiking boots by waxing my skis in them as my iron dripped wax all over them ... if anyone is interested, I'll see how it does on the bases of my beater skis next time they are gunked up again.

This isn't meant to reopen a big "base cleaners good or bad" argument. At some point we all end up with some skis that are good for not much except making Adirondack chairs and mailbox plow shields. So what harm does it do to experiment on them?
post #2 of 11

In the past, I have used a product called Prep-Sol.  Available at hardware stores.  Worked really well on my xc skis.

post #3 of 11
Some say they have used citrus cleaners (not just citrus scented ones) on their bases with no ill effect. I'd imagine that Citra-Solve and the like are pretty similar to citrus base cleaner.
post #4 of 11

I used 

DAKINE Supertune Base Cleaner - 8oz, and it worked for me. At about $13.00 it didn't break the bank.

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I know others have asked in the past have about what kind of household cleaner / hardware store solvent one can use as an alternative to $$$ base cleaners. I happened to find a bottle of De-Solv-It Orange All Purpose Cleaner at my local liquidation outlet, and decided to try it out on some beater skis. It seemed to do a decent job getting crud and even surface rust off the skis, although it wasn't too good with wax - it cleaned the permanent marker off my wax scraper, but not much wax.

Seems there is another product made by the same company called de-solv-it citrus cleaner, that specifically mentions cutting through candle wax. I may get a bottle of it if I can find it again as I recently wrecked a nice pair of hiking boots by waxing my skis in them as my iron dripped wax all over them ... if anyone is interested, I'll see how it does on the bases of my beater skis next time they are gunked up again.

This isn't meant to reopen a big "base cleaners good or bad" argument. At some point we all end up with some skis that are good for not much except making Adirondack chairs and mailbox plow shields. So what harm does it do to experiment on them?

What are you getting on your skis that you think you need to use a base cleaner for?  I can see using base cleaner on nordic stuff because klister is some nasty sheet but why do you need it on alpine skis.  These are alpine skis, right?

post #6 of 11
I thought it was his boots he was worried about?
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What are you getting on your skis that you think you need to use a base cleaner for?  I can see using base cleaner on nordic stuff because klister is some nasty sheet but why do you need it on alpine skis.  These are alpine skis, right?

Mostly road salt and crud from the ride home with skis on my roof not in the bag during "major" snow storm (remember the one where they virtually shut down the state of NY and said anyone caught on the road would be arrested). Then I left them like that when I got home and forgot about it for a few days.
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Mostly road salt and crud from the ride home with skis on my roof not in the bag during "major" snow storm (remember the one where they virtually shut down the state of NY and said anyone caught on the road would be arrested). Then I left them like that when I got home and forgot about it for a few days.

If that is all you're concerned about a garden hose with a spray nozzle would be all you need and if you're traveling, rinse them off in the tub/shower.  I hate leaving salt residue from a salted course on skis so when been out of town, I've washed many skis off in the bathroom of the hotel room.

post #9 of 11

Why try to reinvent a wheel?

 

 

post #10 of 11

Been using glide wax cleaner for years, I love the stuff but if I had skis that got all nasty with road salt and road spray from being in the roof rack, I'd want to get that crap rinsed off the entire ski before I wasted a drop on the bases.  But that's just me.

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Originally Posted by gdeangel View Post

Seems there is another product made by the same company called de-solv-it citrus cleaner, that specifically mentions cutting through candle wax. I may get a bottle of it if I can find it again as I recently wrecked a nice pair of hiking boots by waxing my skis in them as my iron dripped wax all over them ... if anyone is interested, I'll see how it does on the bases of my beater skis next time they are gunked up again.

This isn't meant to reopen a big "base cleaners good or bad" argument. At some point we all end up with some skis that are good for not much except making Adirondack chairs and mailbox plow shields. So what harm does it do to experiment on them?

 

No harm other than you're wasting your money.   The ones that actually work will be just as expensive as the wax cleaner per se.      But, hey, if you just want to try out various terpene combinations from "natural" and "unnatural" sources... have fun.      Don't forget to wander down the furniture polish aisle - all that 'feeding the wood' ad BS is completely made up but lemon oil is a pretty decent (acidic, mind you, and not wholly good for edges) cleaner. 

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Mostly road salt and crud from the ride home with skis on my roof not in the bag during "major" snow storm (remember the one where they virtually shut down the state of NY and said anyone caught on the road would be arrested). Then I left them like that when I got home and forgot about it for a few days.

 

Spritz with ammonia-based window cleaner and wipe down - done. 

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