|Originally posted by Delta-9:
My buddy just showed me how to use petex, he fixed a deep core shot (down to the metal) on my one ski.
All he used was a cigarette lighter and a stick of petex. Hold the flame under the petex, until it is on fire... after a couple seconds it will start to drip, carefully drip the molten petex onto the base. Try to not get it on the edges, but if you do thats fine.
He then let it cool for about 2 minutes and scraped off the excess with the normal plastic SWIX wax scraper. Some extra force (compared to wax) was needed to get it off. He repeated this step about 3 times since the first application didn't entirelly fill the hole.
Make sure you do not have a lump or anything and you should be good to go... it was really *much* easier than I thought. Make sure you put some wax on after you are done.
P-tex won't bond well on metal, so the repair will not be as resistant as if done properly (though it *will* protect the base until it gets out). On metal or fiberglass, I have heard of two possibilities:
1. First start the repair with some copolymer, which will bond, and then add the P-tex on top of it.
2. Start with some epoxy glue that you scratch to provide something the P-tex can bond do, and layer with P-tex.
A length of copolymer string is about $7 from Tognar and at least in my hands should be less messy than epoxy so that is what I have. My last core shot was fixed by a shop (excuse to get a stone grind [img]smile.gif[/img] ) but my next (hopefully very far from now) will be with copolymer layered by P-tex.