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Waxing new skis or not?

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Thread Starter 
: Should i wax a new pair of Rossignol skis fresh out of the wrappers before I ski them or not. The tech where I had the bindings installed said that they come new from the factory ready to ski, better than they could tune them, They said to ski on them for a while and them bring them back to tune them up?
I thought that hot waxing them first was a good idea, Any help?
post #2 of 8
I do a search for the keyword wax and presto change-o


on the third page

We talk so much about tuning that eveything is covered if you just look around alittle.
post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 
I've been looking around and that's where the confusion comes from. I didn't buy the bindings or skis from the shop I went to, but took them to be installed and asked them to wax them for me at my cost so it wasn't a matter of simply rushing product out the door. I used to race when I was a kid 25 years ago and can probably still hot wax a pair of skis functionally but was suprised when he refused to let me pay him to wax my skis.

: Klog
post #4 of 8
I would definitely hot wax a new pair of ski’s with a base prep specific product. Finish just like you normally would with scraping and brushing to remove most of the wax from the surface. Now you have a nice base ready to accept your favorite everyday wax. I stay with the low cost hydrocarbon temperature specific waxes for everyday skiing and my kids training. However like everyone else I have a race day concoction that seems to deliver results. Chances are your new ski’s edges are in tip top shape. However, I always take a true bar with me to check the bases on new ski’s. You would be surprised how many ski’s come railed from the factory. If your skis are railed no need to worry just have the bases reground and beveled.

post #5 of 8
We use Dominator waxes. They have a great product called Base Renew for clear bases & Base Renew graphite for black bases.

Here is an email Tom, the North American Dominator Dealer just sent out to our whole Race team:

Ski maintance is critical, you paid good money for those race skis so let's get them ready the right way.

Step #1 - Base Prep

Use a real base prep wax such as ReNew Graphite or Renew Purple. This is important for new skis,
freshly ground bases and bases that look dry. The reason is that base prep helps remove the dirt, grease and metal filings that result during the grinding process. This means NEW skis as well as fresh ground or well worn skis. Base prep penetrates deep and acts as an anchor for the training or race waxes that will be used next.

The process is simple, hot wax and scrape while the wax is still soft (called hot scraping). Hot wax again and allow to harden (a few hours) scrape and brush. You can repeat this a few more times but two to three waxes usually does the job.

Do not skip this base prep step as it provides a foundation for the next type of wax.

Step #2 Hot wax training (free ride) or race waxes.

For train or free ride use:

Zoom thermoactive wax (or Zoom Graphite) is the best all around training/free ride wax. Zoom is a high tech wax formula and covers a huge temperature range, but is inexpensive and easy to use.

Hot wax, allow to harden, scrape and brush.

For racing:

Hyperzoom is the best economy race wax use this if cost is a concern.

RaceZoom New Snow and Race Zoom Old Snow are both needed for top performance in their respective snow conditions. Use Racezoom New Snow if the snow is 3 days old or less, otherwise use Racezoom Old Snow formula.

Hot wax, allow to harden, scrape and brush.

Now the skis are ready for the overlays at the start

Lots of waxing info at their website and an online store.

post #6 of 8
Here was my waxing regimen last week;

Tune the skis
Hot scrape with cheap Toko warm wax
Dominator Base renew
Warm wax
Dominator Zoom

The base renew is funky because even when it is cool it is still rubbery. It has a very unique consistency compared to anything I have ever used.

Also don't worry about using the Base Renew Graphite if you have white lettering on your base. My M11s were just fine and the big white Atomic logo on the base is still white.

I think the Dominator Zoom wax is a little harder to scrape then Swix CH7. It's more similar to the hardness of the CH6 line.
post #7 of 8
Get the Swix Alpine Wax Manual, which will tell you how to prep new skis. It is a lot of work, but if you do it they will FLY! If you can't find it locally , try Tognar Toolworks (www.tognar.com, or 800-299-9904). Cost: $2.50, and worth every penny.
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