What Ski Bases can look like after a summer of storage; to fix this problem the skis were waxed with Renew Base Prep.
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Good question and I do not have the exact answer for you as these particular skis were factory new, had never been skied on, and were just freshly mounted. This brand has their skis manufactured in China, so I imagine they just applied a soft, low grade wax with a heated, spinning brush which uses friction to smear the wax on the surface. Then the skis are placed on a ship for transport to the US market and after weeks in transport -- and likely weeks more in a warehouse -- this is what they can look like.
Friction application -- with a hot rotating brush -- is a common application method for many factories as they have hundreds of skis to prepare and companies do not want to spend the money nor the time to have each pair hot waxed properly with an iron using a decent quality wax. This demonstrates the need to hot wax new skis with a proper base prep like Renew even if they are brand new as this helps clean out the dirt accumulation in the base from the factory's manufacturing process and saturates the base in preparation for application of the Glide wax.
Years ago I worked at Salomon Ski Company and this was their method and might still be the way they apply waxes to the hundreds or probably thousands of pairs they produce. However, I have seen many skis look similar to this after a summer of storage with questionable brands of waxes and the remedy is the same, hot wax Renew and the problem disappears.
When preparing skis for the summer storage season its best to hot wax with Renew leaving a thick coat. Then, when breaking out these properly waxed skis for the Winter season, the skis I prepare always look juicy and ready to ski. However I still do at least one additional Renew application, then let the base prep harden for a few hours, scrape and hot wax a quality Glide wax such as Zoom or Zoom Graphite.
Once the Glide wax is applied and allowed to harden, they should be scraped and brushed; now they are ready for the mountain.