I will warn you, this thread is long and I am asking some tough questions and will need to get detailed to explain properly. I have been reading all the wax threads recently, lots of good info and different theories on how it all works to make the skis glide well.
I am still not sure I understand and accept everything that is being said, as my own experience doesn't completely jibe with the theory of how wax is "given up" by the base over the course of a couple of days and keeps the glide fast. On a new wax job, I get a great couple of initial runs and then by noon my skis are not as slippery as the morning first runs. They aren't sticky, but not as fast either. I have learned how to choose the right wax, hot wax it in, scrape, and brush with nylon then hoarsehair. I think I am following the general advice in this forum.
To lay some more ground work, my skis typically come back from a SKIMD grind and re-bevel. He puts a machine wax job on the ski. I take Dominator Renew with Graphite, hot wax it in, scrape, brush, then do a second pass with glide wax, typicall Dominator Hyper Zoom, scrape, brush, I choose and apply glide wax over the course of the season based on the temps.
It is the start of a new season and most of my skis have Dominator butter on them from last years spring skiing. So here I am with about 5 pairs of skis that all have Dominator butter and dirt on the bases. Yes I was lazy and didn't put a storage wax on at the end of last season. Here are my questions and thoughts on what to do to my skis for this new season:
1. Possibly hot scrape them all with Dominator Zoom wax to clean them? Is this better or worse then using my Swix base cleaner and my brass brush to clean them and open the pores? I assume hot scraping leaves the bases filled with Zoom wax, which is not as good as a base Renew wax for the initial wax.
2. So I think use the cleaner and brass brush, then hot wax with Dominator Renew with graphite, scrape and brush. That allows the "soft wax" to penetrate and fill up the pores of the base as the "absorbed wax" layer.
3. Next would be to hot wax, scrape, and brush with a glide wax of my choice for wide temp range, either Dom Zoom, Hyper-Zoom, or Race Zoom. Depends on the ski and intended use (rock skis only see Zoom, race skis use Race Zoom, etc..)
4. If a cold wax (bullet), or soft wax (butter) is needed due to temps, apply that the night before. If I am lazy I use my Wax Wizzard tool (like a cork) to just rub it in and then brush, or sometimes I do the full hot wax routine.
Final questions and thoughts:
1. Why does my wax job seem to wear off partially by a half day, is there a way to get it to last at peak glide for multiple days? Personally I think that lasting for a half day is just the way it always works?
2. If you just scrape a ski after hot wax, is it just as fast and does it last longer? (I want to try this for myself)
3. Does leaving more wax on the ski (not scraping and brushing) make it slower, then it gets faster as the wax wears off, then gradually slows back down by the end of the day? Does it go through a "peak performance" cycle? (Again, I want to try this)
4. Am I doing something that shortens how long my wax "peak glide" lasts.
5. I never hot box my skis and I do believe too much heat is not good for the life of the ski. When I hot wax I try to only use as much heat as needed to melt the wax into the base.
I welcome any comments on any of my points or all them. I know there is a lot there, but this is quite a complex subject and there is a lot of contradictory information out there on the subject.