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Poll Results: How long do you spend on an average tune on a pair of skis (all 4 edges)?

 
  • 10% (4)
    0-15 minutes
  • 43% (17)
    16-30 minutes
  • 10% (4)
    31-40 minutes
  • 15% (6)
    41-50 minutes
  • 7% (3)
    51-60 minutes
  • 7% (3)
    More than 60 minutes
  • 5% (2)
    I only take my skis to a shop
  • 0% (0)
    My skis don't get tuned
39 Total Votes  
post #31 of 44
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Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post

It's a slow cool for me, as it's in the utility room and I shut the door. I have this theory that it's slowly sinking in longer... Sometimes it's overnight, depending on how energetic I am after skiing.


It's only "sinking" in with heat.  After that it is "pushing" out.

post #32 of 44
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Originally Posted by DanoT View Post
 

Since my ski chalet is a 5th wheel trailer, once the wax is ironed in the skis go outside to cool down and the scrapping is done outdoors, along with a buffing with a small scotch pad drum attached to a drill.

 

We are tuning skis here folks, not pianos.


Very bad.  Fast cooling locks the wax molecules into a very high internal friction set up.

post #33 of 44
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Originally Posted by Jacques View Post
 


Very bad.  Fast cooling locks the wax molecules into a very high internal friction set up.

Out of curiosity, how much faster do you think that wax cools in a 45 degree room vs a 70 degree room?

post #34 of 44
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Originally Posted by oldjeep View Post
 
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Originally Posted by Jacques View Post
 


Very bad.  Fast cooling locks the wax molecules into a very high internal friction set up.

Out of curiosity, how much faster do you think that wax cools in a 45 degree room vs a 70 degree room?


That's an irrelevant question as skis should not be cooled at 45 degrees F.

post #35 of 44
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Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post

It's interesting to me how many worry about their edges more than their wax. I do them both together, but my motivation is the wax.

Wax first unless I have done something really stupid to the edges.

 

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Originally Posted by bumpfreaq View Post
 

I find that interesting too.  I'm sure my perspective would change if I skied a lot of hard snow or was concerned about times in the course but as it is now this thread has shown me that I'm quite comfortable with pretty ratty edges but I really don't like dry bases.

Agree, I am not racing anymore on rock hard courses so well waxed bases are where it is !

post #36 of 44

After skiing today from 7:30 to 3:30 It took me about 5 min's or less to run the 200 grit moonflex up/dn the edges of my skis 4 times, put them by the back door, ready for tomorrow morning.

post #37 of 44
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Originally Posted by Jacques View Post


That's an irrelevant question as skis should not be cooled at 45 degrees F.

Only irrelevant if your room is not 45 degrees.
post #38 of 44
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Originally Posted by oldjeep View Post
 
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Originally Posted by Jacques View Post


That's an irrelevant question as skis should not be cooled at 45 degrees F.

Only irrelevant if your room is not 45 degrees.


Not the end of the world, but warmer would be better.  At least for the first three hours.  Be good Jeep!

post #39 of 44

Maintenance tune: just diamonds and waxing it's 20-30 min.

 

Race tune incl topsheet, sidewall, file, deburr, diamond, Superpolish, agonize over what weather.com might mean ... about 1 hr... likely more, depending how much fun the kids had that day (read banging skis).

post #40 of 44

There is a bunch of showing how to test your iron heat here.  Other than that, this is how long I spend to do a basic waxing.  You reap what you sow.  Dominator done right last like no other.  Turns out to be about thirty minutes with a hot iron.

 

post #41 of 44

you sure heat that ski a lot 13:00 - what's your iron temp? I don't think you need the zoombox if you heat it like that every time... :eek

post #42 of 44
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Originally Posted by razie View Post
 

you sure heat that ski a lot 13:00 - what's your iron temp? I don't think you need the zoombox if you heat it like that every time... :eek


The iron temp is covered in the first 9 minutes.  It's about 212 to 215F I believe.  No worries if the iron is not too hot.

post #43 of 44

Edge touch up (side edge only normally)- 3 diamond files plus deburr - about 3-4 minutes per set (I usually do 2 or 3 sets in each session) does not include metal files (a few times per year), the once a year sidewall planning or smoothing of serious dings.

 

Waxing - iron heats during the edge work - usually do quick brush, 1 or 2 hot scrapes, then put on base prep wax (Graphite renew) 5-10 min per set

 

dead time 3+ hours or overnight

 

Scrape off base prep, (3 - 5 min per set) and apply real wax (3-4 min per set an extra few minutes for fluoros doing the respirator), plus tidy up edges (1-2 min per set)

 

dead time varies with wax from almost none (super hard arctic waxes) to normal (3-6 hrs) to warm (overnight)

 

scrape (3-8 min depending on how hard the wax is) brush (usually 3 or 4 brushes) (5 min) plus very rarely overlays (another 5-10 min)

 

Pack up skis another few minutes

post #44 of 44

maybe consider filing for races. It's not as edge consuming as it seems and it makes a big difference

 

also... Once the ski has cooled to room temperature do you really think wax still flows...?

 

cheers

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