Originally Posted by Deepkeel
1) Should I use the Swix base cleaner first, or do any other cleaning, brushing, prep work before applying the BP88?
Base cleaner is something to hold in reserve for special situations like
- when you know absolutely and for a fact that you want the previous wax off and gone. Maybe it's a warm wax that will smoke easily or maybe it's a fluoro so cleaning wax won't work very well or maybe it's one of the supersticky sort that makes gluey gel when mixed with cleaning wax.
- there is some external contamination mixed in with it like pine tar/drippings or oily residue or ground-in dirt.
Yes, certainly you can brush the bases out - less of the previous wax is better - and you can use the non abrasive fibertex-type pads too.
When/if you do use the base cleaner, remember to let it soak in, then sponge and scrub and brush it off.
If the ingredients just say "de-aromatized" hydrocarbons, chances are it's not straight kerosene but more like mineral spirits in that it will have lighter fractions. By 'de-aromatized' they don't mean "we got rid of the odor". They mean "we got rid of benzene and it's friends toluene and xylene". They probably also put in a citrus oil or derivative like limonene (which is a fair cleaner in itself, plus it has a citrusy odor) and a surfactant to make it easier to get off the ski (yes, with water).
3) What about the Swix Universal Glide Wax? The price is nice, but am I not better off with the more temperature-specific waxes like CH7, etc.? Again, I'm suspicious about what exactly it is - basic paraffin, or something slightly better, with an additive or two?
Most universal waxes are far better than straight canning wax in warm temperature glide, in wetting out the ski, and in durability in really cold temperatures. Basic paraffin is ...cheap.