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Best way to keep wax scraper clean!!!

post #1 of 21
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1. Use another wax scraper (or similar object) to scrape off the wax/debris stuck hard on the scraper.

2. Use paper tower to restore the spotless shine

...so easy so effortless.

 

This may sound silly but it just dawned on me in my blind spot last night--use a scraper to scrape the scraper.  

 

:)

post #2 of 21
Mineral spirits or base cleaner and a rag.
post #3 of 21

Don't forget to polish it after you are done cleaning ;) But seriously, just use another scraper to get it clean, and that's it. I don't think there's much of use bothering to make it perfectly clean and shine... unless you have some sort of mania that all your "tools" need to be perfectly clean :D

post #4 of 21

 I bought a sharpener.  

post #5 of 21

base cleaner.

post #6 of 21
Is company coming? Why are we cleaning a scraper? Swat off the excess at the end of each pass. If we must get off more, use one of these useless gizmos that don't really sharpen, it's nice to get some use out of it:

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post #7 of 21

Best way to keep wax scraper clean!!!

Don't use it.:dunno

 

I have noticed that after a pass or two, the edge of the scraper gets a build up.  That means on the next pass, I won't be using a clean edge.  I usually just wipe it with me thumb.  Softer wax tends to build up an clump more so I keep a nylon scrubby (like for doing dishes) handy and that works great.

post #8 of 21
I use my SOB edge tool frame and some 3M drywall screen every few passes along with that Toko ceramic tool to add a burr. New scrapers are pretty cheap though. That damn A Man has me convinced those $150.00 Mantac electric scraper sharpeners are in my near future!!!
post #9 of 21

After you scrape your scraper, should you brush it too? Rotobrush maybe? How much?

post #10 of 21

I drag mine across :nono: the edge of the ski then knock the clump free. Yep,  true story.  I use the scraper edge to scrape the ski then I use the ski edge to scrape the scraper

post #11 of 21
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After you scrape your scraper, should you brush it too? Rotobrush maybe? How much?

LOL   Now that was funny!

post #12 of 21

I just use my thumbnail across the leading edge then after a few passes I'll wipe and or scrub it clean with a piece of Swix fiberlene.  For me the Swix fiberlene works the best for cleaning my scraper.  The Swix stuff has a less dense weave than the Toko or SVST fiberlene and seems to work better at cleaning wax off of things.  The other two are more like paper and tend to smear it around.  If that's all you have it'll work I just think the Swix works faster and better at cleaning wax off of things like plexi scrapers or edges.

post #13 of 21

+1 on the thumbnail.  That's all the cleaning my scraper ever gets.

post #14 of 21
He's talking about the large side not the edge.
Use the short side of the scraper. If wanting It cleaner than that then citrus wax remover or whatever chem you want that doesn't melt plastic.

Why? Well after it gets lots of wax on it it gets on your hands? Feels funny? Basically looks much better.
post #15 of 21
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Is company coming?

I laughed.
post #16 of 21
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After you scrape your scraper, should you brush it too? Rotobrush maybe? How much?

Now we're getting some pertinent discussion. Nylon, brass or horsehair brush?
post #17 of 21
Obviously nylon or horsehair. Brass will scratch.
Sheesh.

You could try Armorall or much better yet Novus to keep the wax off.
You'll only need #1 unless you want to remove scratches

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post #18 of 21
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Originally Posted by Tog View Post

He's talking about the large side not the edge.
Use the short side of the scraper. If wanting It cleaner than that then citrus wax remover or whatever chem you want that doesn't melt plastic.

Why? Well after it gets lots of wax on it it gets on your hands? Feels funny? Basically looks much better.

 

Exactly.  It's a tool and you should keep your tools clean.  It doesn't need to be Martha Stewart clean.  More like Norm Abrams.

post #19 of 21
Yep.
Recently I used a scraper at someones house. It still had the price tag sticker/item description tag on it. I couldn't stand it. So at the end i scraped that off using the other scraper( with tag also) then switched. Two clean scrapers to start the.next session. Even Martha would approve.

What does Norm know about scrapers?
I don't know, but Steve Thomas the former host was an avid skier and gear head.
This from 2001:
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"My big break came when I got into a pair of Strolz boots with a 3-degree cant. They probably have 100 hours of bootfitting in them. I don't care what they cost. They changed my life. I also tune all my skis. All skiers should learn how to do it. I'm even fanatical about pole length and weight, the grip, the gloves, all of it. This is a gear-intensive sport¿you have to invest in it."
http://www.skinet.com/skiing/backcountry/destinations/2001/08/steve-thomas

Last year I heard a little about Lyndsey's ski tech. The guy in this shop knew him and had a photo from him of Lindseys 85 pair of Heads that needed prepping for this season. Since we were discussing waxing at the time, he told us Lindsey's tech is somewhat fanatical about his scrapers.

Carries 32 of them. Uses one edge per ski scraping then switches so he's always using a sharp edge. Yeah, they were clean. He had a photo of his kit with the scrapers all lined up.
post #20 of 21
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 Uses one edge per ski scraping then switches so he's always using a sharp edge. 

 

Ummm, isn't that how everyone does it?!

 

 My OCD isn't quite that bad because I don't have 32 scrapers but I probably have near half that many.  Hmmm, wonder if it's time to have my OCD meds upped. lol

 

Oh, did I mention how much I love my MANTAC scraper sharpener.

post #21 of 21
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Oh, did I mention how much I love my MANTAC scraper sharpener.
no, how much?
Surely the scrapers are cleaned before Mantac-ing?
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