First off, to DeepKeel,
I started this thread and when I decided to get up to speed on ski waxing I choose to focus on Dominator wax. That is why we have focused on that brand. I looked at Swix and others and they are all good. I personally chose Dominator because they have a relatively simple line up. A good wide range wax (Zoom) that covers most conditions, and a cold temp wax (Bullet) and a warm temp wax (Butter). In reality, they have many variations of the three waxes, which will confuse you if you are at the bottom of the learning curve, but I have contacted DomTom (Dominator Rep) who posts on this website and he has helped me understand and sort it all out. I will say that if you use the wrong wax, your skis will be sticky, and I did my best to avoid that. My motto was no wax was better than the wrong wax. My kid was racing which is why I started to dig into this.
I have been doing the Dominator Graphite base prep "protocol" on 4-5 pairs of skis now. (hot wax, hot scrape, hot wax, scrape, brush, repeat 2-3 times). I have let the skis cool overnight before scraping and brushing just for convienance. Then I have been hot waxing with a 50/50 mix of hyper zoom and bullet, scrape and brush. I leave the skis in the unheated area of my basement. I have to say the mix of bullet and hyperzoom left to cool overnight in about a 60 degree basement gets really hard. I have to really work to scrape the stuff off my skis. It is noticeably harder than just hyper zoom scraped off after about 30 minutes of cooling. Hopefully this means the glide wax is really "bonded" (stuck) to the base wax. or it just means I should turn up the heat in the basement a little.
I will be skiing this Sunday and will report back on how the new "protocol" holds up on the NE ice coast. Boy it finally got kind of good and then we got 2" of rain everywhere, and then of course the temps dropped the next day and everything froze. We can't buy a decent storm this winter.