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Can topsheet damage result in core damage?

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
I have some chips in my topsheets, some of which are deep enough to expose wood. I know that core shots left unfixed can lead to the core rotting. Is the same danger present with these topsheet chips? If yes, how should I fix them? Thanks.



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post #2 of 14
To be on the safe side I would.
post #3 of 14
http://www.tognar.com/loctite-608-hysol-epoxy-clear/

Or this. If you get the cartridge gun it's really simple but you need one tip per use. You don't need the gun though. In general, you want the slow cure epoxies.

http://www.systemthree.com/store/pc/T-88-50mL-Cartridge-27p68.htm

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post #4 of 14

I'm always banging my skis together which creates chips in the top sheet so I smear some epoxy to cover the chipped area creating a moisture seal.

post #5 of 14

I remember as a kid seeing all those chips along the inside edges toe to tip wondering how they could get that chipped up when I wasn't crossing my tips much if any.  Then it occurred to me I was doing it on the lift banging my skis together to knock the snow off the topsheets.  I still do that by the way, and still chip up my topsheets in the process.  Epoxy works just fine to seal up the deep ones.

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I remember as a kid seeing all those chips along the inside edges toe to tip wondering how they could get that chipped up when I wasn't crossing my tips much if any.  Then it occurred to me I was doing it on the lift banging my skis together to knock the snow off the topsheets.  I still do that by the way, and still chip up my topsheets in the process.  Epoxy works just fine to seal up the deep ones.


And that's a good reason NOT to stand under lifts.

post #7 of 14
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And that's a good reason NOT to stand under lifts.

post #8 of 14

Get something like this and round/bevel the top sheet.

The grit pictured is a little too coarse. You only need one size too. Towards the bigger end.

 

post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post
 

I remember as a kid seeing all those chips along the inside edges toe to tip wondering how they could get that chipped up when I wasn't crossing my tips much if any.  Then it occurred to me I was doing it on the lift banging my skis together to knock the snow off the topsheets.  I still do that by the way, and still chip up my topsheets in the process.  Epoxy works just fine to seal up the deep ones.

Was watching two kids on the chair ahead of me apparently having a contest to see who could bang their skis together the hardest.  About half way up the lift one kid knocked a ski off.  I nearly fell off the chair laughing.

post #10 of 14

Look for gap-filling epoxy

post #11 of 14
If you are going to use epoxy, make sure it's marine epoxy.
post #12 of 14

I have been using JB Weld for years with good results.

post #13 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone for the suggestions
post #14 of 14

Essentially any exposed wood can draw moisture into the core of the ski.  It's not so much a matter of the wood rotting, more that the wood will swell as it gets wet and then contract as it dries. That will lead to a delamination of the ski.

 

If the ski is still laminated it's structurally ok.  Covering the wood with a slow-cure epoxy will prevent moisture from entering the core.  

 

If you really want to get fancy you can form up the edge of the topsheet and try to fill the chip level with the rest of your topsheet.  You can even mix a (black?) colour into the epoxy to make it look better afterwards.  Otherwise, just smear enough epoxy over the area to make sure it's waterproof.  If you heat the area moderately with a hairdryer before you lay on the epoxy it'll help the epoxy flow into all the crevices.

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