I've decided to jump into the realm of waxing my own skis (and removing minor burrs on the edges of my skis).. I dug around did some research and ordered some things..
I'm mainly a recreational skier, not a racer, so speed isnt the goal here, but doing it myself is, as well as avoiding that "hitting the brakes" feeling when getting to the flats in warm 40-50F springtime temps and slush.
I've got a ski brass brush (tools4boards), Stage nylon brush, 70mm diamond file (200 grit), a non digital demon ski wax iron and some scotch brite pads for removing debris as well as a cheese cloth (may not be useful?).
I read about structuring the base of the ski before doing the final wax, but i'm unclear if its even going to help in my situation (NE, spring skiing in PA).. that is, clean the ski with the brass brush and scotch pad.. then use 100 grit or less coarse sandpaper by hand tip to tail on the ski to give it a coarse pattern? (any type of sandpaper or aluminum oxide/carbide etc?)
This is the part i'm unclear on.. if i impart a coarse pattern on my ski, come next year for colder skiing, do i simply take some coarse 150-200 grit sandpaper and work over the base (how hard/how many times) in the beginning of winter again, then apply a universal temp wax at that point?
So, so far, these seem to be the steps I will follow (for spring/now):
1. Take brass brush and go over the bass (lightly?) about 3-5 times, then use a pad to wipe off debris
2. Take scraper and scrape off skis tip to tail (3x or till nothing coming off)
3. Use the sandpaper 100 grit over the base (structure) by hand
4. Take diamond file and go over edges of the skis for burrs, dipping in soapy water as lubricant.
5. Wipe off edges/base with scotch pad
6. Take some of the warm weather zumwax (all i have on hand right now), yellow wax and give it a pre-coat for cleaning, drips every 1/2"
7. Iron over those drips and then immediately scrape off and wipe down once more
8. Scrape right away and wipe off with scotch brite again
9. Now take the warm wax and iron it on (permanent coat), wait 30-45 minutes or overnight
10. Scrape off excess wax (3-4 passes till nothing removing)
11. Take nylon brush 3-4 passes
Does this seem accurate and ok.. particularly on the structuring for spring part with sandpaper, unclear if i should even touch that.
Thanks in advance