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mineral spirits to clean bases.

post #1 of 10
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I used Mineral Spirits to clean my bases before waxing.  seemed to work pretty well.  it's a very mild solvent, doesn't soap up, and dries quickly.  anyone else try this?  or should i stick with citrus cleaner?  thanks.

post #2 of 10
Why are you using it in the first place? What are you taking off?
post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 

general dust and debris

and metal fiings after setting/sharpening edges.

post #4 of 10
It's generally believed that using a solvent should only be done when it's necessary. That would be if there's oil or grease or something on the base you need the solvent to cut.

Just use an old paint brush to brush that off, then a base brush, wipe with fiberlene etc. Cleaning should be done by melting in a soft wax like CH 10 or Base Prep then scraping while still warm.
post #5 of 10
Remember that the whole point is to work wax into the bases. The older the skis get, the faster they should be. I hate getting stone grinds for that reason. In general, my skis aren't really at peak glide until their second season, something I always notice with new skis.
post #6 of 10
Yeah but structure does wear out and structure gives glide. In spring it's prob more important than wax.

There is a ritual of fibertexing, brushing, waxing, that one can do after a grind. Not to mention your base bevels are getting bigger and bases not that flat after many days. Though soft snow is more forgiving and not much matters.
post #7 of 10
I'm lightly structuring every couple tunes. Needed it this last winter, which started being spring conditions in January. :-(

My bases don't seem to deviate much from being flat enough for some reason. I check their flatness regularly, only had to fix a pair for that once. Since I'm not touching my base edges, that doesn't need fixing very often either, like every other year? I guess we have fewer rocks here.
post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post

I'm lightly structuring every couple tunes. Needed it this last winter, which started being spring conditions in January. :-(

My bases don't seem to deviate much from being flat enough for some reason. I check their flatness regularly, only had to fix a pair for that once. Since I'm not touching my base edges, that doesn't need fixing very often either, like every other year? I guess we have fewer rocks here.

 

I'm still taking baby steps in maintaining my own equipment. What do you do to "lightly structure"? When in the process do you do it?

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post #10 of 10

I worked in a ski shop in the 70's and we cleaned bases with Varsol (Mineral Spirits) before making repairs with a P-Tex candle and always to remove the goop on the base before re-waxing. Back then a lot of skis came in with sticky waxy stuff on the base. I even used to scrub particularly deep base gouges with a Q-Tip to make sure they were wax free before putting the first layer of candle on. I didn't know at the time that the P-Tex candle contained a percentage of wax to make it burn. There was never any problem with the compatibility of mineral spirits with the ski materials, though we did have a cleaning rag catch fire once. I believe mineral spirits have been replaced with Citrus Solvent for cleaning bases though if I was going to use any solvent I'd still use the Varsol. Cleaning bases with a hydrocarbon wax hot scrape is a better idea but I thought I'd just use paraffin wax from the grocery store for cleaning rather than my Kuus Red. It's cheaper and is only going to be scraped and brushed away before the expensive stuff goes on.

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