Originally Posted by Ghost
Just hobby skiing, but I do take my hobby seriously. In order to quickly get speed up on small hills, I need all the help from the wax that I can get .
It's just hobby for me too nowadays, but with years of racing and being serviceman, I got a bit obsessed with these sort of things, so I could say I take it seriously too And nowadays with lack of real training, I need every possible help in xc skiing (where these things matter even more) so I need to have super fast skis to keep up with guys
Anyway... for hobby I would stick with just 2 brushes (or 3 if you are using fluoro overlays). Bronze brush (http://tinyurl.com/nrgne4q) for cleaning base and opening pores before waxing, nylon brush (http://tinyurl.com/ozlbvp3) for "polishing" after scraping, and if you use fluoro overlays horsehair/wild boar brush (http://tinyurl.com/px54v4x / http://tinyurl.com/qyxp52a) to finish ski after applying fluoro overlay on. I guess you can tell I prefer oval brushes then "normal" rectangular, but either will do. For roto brushes, it's same, but honestly, I doubt it's worth investment for hobby skiing, especially considering we don't have to prepare 20 or 30 pairs of skis a day :)
For racing, you keep on adding them, as I wrote before, it depends on wax, snow etc. which brush works best. Not to mention you have one brush for first brushing of fluoro overlay, and another to brush off overlays after last ironing. And of course you have one brush for one fluoro overlay, and another one for another (so that fluoro powders/blocks don't mix etc. etc. So especially for xc racing, you end up with one box of brushes only :)
Originally Posted by hbear
Suggestions on a brush for CH4/5 (LF4/5) or similar cold weather waxes. Stuff is like granite and I haven't found a good horsehair/boar hair/nylon that is stiff enough to brush it well. It's some work with a soft brass too, and found that the roto with horse hair or nylon just smears it at best (thinking some friction heat must be causing it vs actually brushing).
We use a lot of cold weather waxes up here in the Rockies, and they certainly are more durable even when we get back to our training hills that use a lot of man made snow.
I dread brushing at this time of year given the abundant use of cold weather waxes......but has to be done.
Open to suggestions.
Nylon brush works perfectly fine for this, after sharp plastic scraper ;) Roto sure helps, but it can easily be done with hand brushes too. We have all been doing this with hand brushes, when roto brushes weren't even invented yet, it just takes a bit more effort. But for pair or two of skis, it's really no big deal. A bit of proper technique helps and makes things a bit easier, but it's really nothing so special. 10, 15 passes and base is clean and polished even if CH4/LF4 type waxes :)