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Waxing Skis in an Apartment

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
I live in an apartment, so I don't have a convienient garage to setup a good ski tuning area in. Having purchased my own pair of skis for this season, I am interested in being able to do my own basic waxing and sharpening.

I am interested in how other people in this situation take care of this, as well as what tools I need for this (and what tools are optional). I have plenty of time and patience, but would prefer to not go overboard on costly tools, so an economical route to achieve good results is what I am looking for. Any major servicing I will take to a qualified shop.

A quick and dirty, or long and elaborate explanation of how to choose a waxing based on temperatue would be welcome as well.

Thanks in advance!
post #2 of 12
Where do you live?

I have a Swix table and Lasso vice that may be for sale.

Maybe I will also sell my old iron and stuff too.

I have to much tuning equipment.
post #3 of 12
Scalce, PM me with what you think the vice, iron and whatever is worth. I have been using the arms of a couch in my office as a vice and the scrapings are beginning to pile up.
post #4 of 12
mewants a good ski wax iron, and an edge bevel guide.....for cheap cause im a kid
post #5 of 12
get a tarp
post #6 of 12
Waxing - No trouble. Put the outer shell of the boots on the bindings. Hang the ski bottom up across the arms of two chairs. Newspaper down underneath. Iron on, wait, scrape off, brush off, throw away newspaper, take off boots. The only hassle is scraping off, you might want to do that in the yard downstairs. Equipment - one temperature wax iron, wax, plexiscraper, nylon brush, horsehair brush.
post #7 of 12
Originally Posted by Nogs
Put the outer shell of the boots on the bindings.
Or you could go to Staples or Office Depot and get a 1/2 pound bag of 3 1/2" by 1/2" elastics for $.99
post #8 of 12
Get an old sheet or tarp for the ground to make clean up easy. Make sure you have a nice light source over head to see what you are working on. You can put the skis between a couple of chairs or on the arms of a big chair. Just put a second sheet over the chair to prevent wax scraping from going in the cracks. I use a chapo clothes iron with holes, but no teflon coating (the 9.99 one from target). So far it has not "burned out" or whatever. If you use universal wax there are no worries about buring your bases since the wax will smoke before the p-tex burns. Use Universal wax.

post #9 of 12
Make sure that you have plenty of ventilation when petexing. The fumes from that stuff are not good for you.

Don't forget to unhook the smoke detector before you start petexing or waxing. You don't want to be in the middle of the job and have it go off. Also, don't forget to hook it back up when you're done.
post #10 of 12
I put a quilted furnuiture pad (like the ones movers use) over the kitchen counter. The bindings drop into the sink and prevent the skis from sliding. Usually I put blocks under the tips an tails to stabilize the skis. Usually I scrape them outside, but I can scrape wax in the kitchen if I'm careful. The bad thing is my girlfriend caught me doing it so now I have to wax her skis also, but at least I don't have to look for a new place to live.
I knock down the burrs with a coarse stone from the hardware store before I file, and I have an SKS multi-tuner to file the sides. I use coarse and medium diamond stones in the SKS tuner. If I had a proper bench with a good vise, I would get one of those aluminum side edge guides, but the SKS works better for me because I need one hand to hold the ski and only one for the file. I use a Beast base edge guide with the diamond stones for the base edges. I have a Skivisions base planer, but I only use that when I can get my skis on a proper bench. I also have an SKS sidewall skyver to take the plastic away from the side edges. I use rubber bands or a short length of Romex (#14) to hold the brakes out of the way.
I use any kind of universal wax, and my Mom's best iron. I fix core shots with 10 minute epoxy, and cover it with a Ptex candle while the epoxy is still wet. I don't worry about small scrapes in the bottom.
post #11 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the replies.

It sounds like a table and vices are not required, just handy to have. I have a small porch out back I could set up some chairs or some small workhorses, and not have to worry so much about cleanup. I will pick up some universal wax and give it a go.

What is the minimum amount of equipment you need to take care of basic edge sharpening correctly. I dont want to just go at it freehand and screw up the edge angles, but I will take it to a shop for extensive work. I'd rather not skimp and screw it up for lack of tools, but I don't want to go overboard either.
post #12 of 12

How about ironless?

Scalce, do all of your fancier waxes take well to the the Wax WHIZard?
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