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Protecting Topskins

post #1 of 29
Thread Starter 
Hi everybody. I hate how after even just 2 years of use skis look old and cracked. I found some stuff on Tognar's Tips page about using different auto products to restore a shiny look and/or protect ski's topskins? Any suggestions. Both for skis that are looking old and keeping my shiny new SX:11's looking shiny and new. Here's the stuff I found there.

Armorall - applied and let to dry for two days
Auto Clear Coat - six coats applied
Diamondbrite
Auto wax
post #2 of 29
Which side do you ski on? Before you start putting time into your top sheet, i would ask if you are waxing and tuning your skis every time you ski on them. Becareful putting products ont he top of the ski though. Sometimes if they leak over to the base they can cause your base to dry out a lot - which is a serious issue if you arent taking proper care of the base of the ski.
Later
GREG
post #3 of 29
Thread Starter 
Hi Greg,

I tune 'em all the time. Diamond deburr and wax everyday pretty much. Ski about 50 days a year.
post #4 of 29
I have successfully used auto wax on the tops of "smooth" skis. But the SX:11 is dimpled. I'm afraid you might end up having to use a Q-tip to clean the wax out of each dimple!
post #5 of 29
Damn!! I gotta tune regularly to take care of the edges and bases, and now I gotta take care of the topskin too? I think I'll just follow Greg's lead here.:
post #6 of 29
Cover 'em with stickers.
post #7 of 29
The best way I have found to deal with new topskins is that when you leave the ski shop take the skis and gently place them on the soft grass so as to protect the bases. Then gently sprinkle sifted beach sand ( you can usually get this at a Home Depot or Lowes) on top and grind it in. Then I don't worry anymore.
I find this relieves a lot of lift line stress and I have also quit hammering on others with my poles. My therapist says I'm better now. I'm getting a new therapist!!!
post #8 of 29
If you ski 50 days a year, I'd think the only way to prevent scrapes and scuffs is to plant those sticks in a perpetual wedge and not exceed 3 mph.
post #9 of 29
I think the auto wax may help keep snow build-up off but try not to fall and keep some caution tape around you when in the lift line. Other than that, they're only scratches. It's inevitable (sp?).
post #10 of 29
Thread Starter 
Hey guys, maybe it sounds silly to you, but I think these things are designed to get old looking fast - planned obsolescence and all - buy new ones soon. I just want to keep them looking better. It's not that big a deal to me, but if some auto clear coat can keep them looking better longer - why not?

NC Mark - sorry I didn't get your posting. Assume it's a joke (which is cool) but I don't get it. - Steve
post #11 of 29
MC's post essentially means scratch them up before you use them so the damage is done; just ski and not worry. I do care, and no one wants crappy looking skis, but you really can't do much to stop scratches and such. Most of the hard corps here would take the damage as badges of honor. AS long as the bases are kept meticulous.
post #12 of 29
Buy new skis every year.
post #13 of 29
Ski hard, replace sticks often. Don't stress about topsheets. If you do, stay FAR away from Europe, where destroying topsheets in the lift line is more fun for some folks than the actual skiing!

NC Mark, I actually did a variation of your technique with my car. Instead of buying a perfect Toyota Matrix, I bought a hail damaged one for $6k less. Now instead of stressing about that 1st parking lot ding, I just drive and smile.
post #14 of 29
I can't imagine anything you could do to improve on the Atomic topsheets. They're protected by the texture, and really don't show scratches at all. Stickers won't stick to it. Wax or clearcoat would just gunk up the bottoms of the dimples. So forget the tops, keep the bottoms tuned, and enjoy ripping the hardpack with a sweet pair of skis!
post #15 of 29
Mango,

Yea,I was just kiddin' . I admit,I try to keep mine, when new, looking good but inevitably someone will use you for a launch. I use to use Ski Saver ( which will work great to a point) but gave it up due to the Ski Saver looking even worse after a time. Keep your bases good and edges sharp and have a great season.
Marc
post #16 of 29
Use duct tape, looks like hell, but does a good job of protecting those top sheets
post #17 of 29
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Originally Posted by wizard
Use duct tape, looks like hell, but does a good job of protecting those top sheets
Also a good theft deterrent - as is a good home-done paint paint job.
post #18 of 29
Do not get caught in the trappings of the vanities of the topsheet, lest it be your downfall.
post #19 of 29
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sluff Vertigo
Do not get caught in the trappings of the vanities of the topsheet, lest it be your downfall.
amen, bruddah!
post #20 of 29
Quote:
Originally Posted by NE1
Also a good theft deterrent - as is a good home-done paint paint job.
Seen at ESA last year or was it ETU?

Anyway, coming out of lunch a guy ski's up dressed entirely in desert camoflage---I mean entirely!! Hat, goggles, gloves, coat, ski's, boots, poles I mean everything was painted the same! Man did he look wierd. Suspect he had no theft problems---I only wonder if he ever misplaced his gear?
post #21 of 29
I would think people would be afraid to steal from him
post #22 of 29
By Skier J:" Anyway, coming out of lunch a guy ski's up dressed entirely in desert camoflage---I mean entirely!! Hat, goggles, gloves, coat, ski's, boots, poles I mean everything was painted the same! Man did he look wierd..."

Maybe it was Captain Powder.
post #23 of 29
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sluff Vertigo
Do not get caught in the trappings of the vanities of the topsheet, lest it be your downfall.
Word.

If the topsheets really look that bad, the skis are probably beat anyway.
post #24 of 29
I wonder if you could paint them tiger stripes with fingernail polish. That way each day's scratches could easily be touched up.
post #25 of 29
My solution is to ski Volants!! Hard to ding up my T3 Powers.. My question is what to use to keep snow from sticking to the tops. I have tried car wax, Armourall, even PAM cooking spray, but nothing seems to work well. Any ideas? LewBob
post #26 of 29
On your Volants it is harder than most. Have you tried Pledge?
post #27 of 29
Try a janitorial supply store. There is a stainless steel polish in a spray can. The brand I am familiar with is Claire. There are others. Worked pretty good on my wife's Volants.
post #28 of 29
Steve,

I'd say you got your money's worth on this post.

Skidoc
post #29 of 29
Quote:
Originally Posted by Arby
Try a janitorial supply store. There is a stainless steel polish in a spray can. The brand I am familiar with is Claire. There are others. Worked pretty good on my wife's Volants.
Thanks, I'll try it. I do have other skiis, Volkl and Blizzard and I have run into this with them too.

Also, I am in the camp with Vertigo and Gonzo on this one. Beat up tops are a theft deterrent, so I don't get hung up about it. I am a lot more concerned about the bottom side. The best looking and skiing ski will be a dog if you ruin the edges! LewBob
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