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wHAT DO YOU GUYS DO TO PROTECT YOUR EDGES FOR SUMMER STORAGE ??

post #1 of 20
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IT CONTINUES TO BE SUPER CONDITIONS HERE IN THE ADIRONDACKS THIS PAST WEEK - 30 DEGREES , SUNNY AND GREAT SNOW !!!

I HAD 3 DAYS OUT THERE AND WILL BE OUT 3 -4 DAYS THIS COMING WEEK--- but ITS GETTING CLOSE TO THAT TIME OF YEAR WHEN YOU GET READY TO PREPARE YOUR EDGES FOR STORAGE .:

I'VE PUT VASELINE ON THE EDGES FOR SEVERAL YRS AS I READ THAT SOMEWHERE . WHILE IT WORKS AND DOES A REASONABLY GOOD JOB --I'M WONDERING IF THERE ARE ANY BETTER METHODS OUT THERE ??

AS AN ASIDE, I HAD A GREAT TIME THIS WEEK GETTING MY WIFE TO TRY DOWNHILL. SHE'S A FORMER XC SKIER, SO HAD THE BASICS OF TURNING AND BALANCE DOWN. SHE WAS ON THE UPPER MTN "BLUES" BY DAY 2 AND LOVED NOT HAVING TO CLIMB HILLS TO HAVE THE FUN OF COMING DOWN

I CREATED A MONSTER!!! SHE WENT THREE DAYS AND GOT HOOKED TO THE POINT THAT WE BOUGHT HER A COMPLETE PKG YESTERDAY . SO ADDED TO THE NEW ATOMIC'S sx 10'S I BOUGHT RECENTLY WE DID OUR SMALL PART TO PRIME THE SKI ECONOMY !!

HOPE YOU ALL GET A GREAT SPRING SKIING SEASON

THANKS FOR ANY TIPS RE: EDGE PREP FOR STORAGE !!!
post #2 of 20
I use my skis till July or August and than in late September again so that their "summer sleep" is very short and they don´t require any special storage treatment.
For SG skis which might not be used till high summer it´s just the standard layer of soft wax (Swix Base Prep) unscraped.
post #3 of 20
Thread Starter 
Checkracer:


thanks for the idea ! That will be a lot easier to remove .

. PS: I envy you --sure wish i had a glacier nearby for some summer fun in the sun !!
Golf is my poor second choice
post #4 of 20
I use a soft wax (like Swix Base Prep or CH10) and crayon it on the edges before I hotwax the skis. I seem to get a more even coating that way. I'll also do a hotscrape before the final coat just to make sure they were clean.

I will usually sharpen/polish the edges first before waxing (also helps reduce rust) and then I write down the wax, edge bevel, and date on a piece of blue painters tape and stick it to one of the topsheets so I can remember what I did to them the previous spring.
post #5 of 20
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A- Mike You are THE MAN !!! thanks
post #6 of 20
My ski storage procedure is as follows....

Make all reparations to base and edges
Dry ski well
Clean base (hot scrape)
Wax with universal (I use Swix Low Flouro Universal so the wax I have on can be skied the next time I go after a quick scrape and brush)
Scrape wax off the edges to prevent any moisture from being trapped and rust the edges.
Strap and tape skis to prevent siblings from 'borrowing' gear. ( I tell them they can use gear which is only strapped (demo skis). Taped gear requires a written request and a cash deposit.)
Store in a dry moderate temperture location.

I use this procedure after every ski day, so effectively, the skis are ready for storage, travel or onhill use at all times.
post #7 of 20
ski condom. the only protection that shows you care about your skis, and you care enough to prevent that dreaded miscegenation among different brands and all that.
post #8 of 20
Just buy new ones every year.......ya know U want 2
post #9 of 20
Like Betaracer, I get the wax off the edges.
I wipe some Notwax on the edges sometimes, it is basically Teflon.
post #10 of 20
I put 'em away wet and dirty then file the hell out of them in November.

Think I'll try that wax thing this spring.
post #11 of 20
I guess it really depends on where you live/store your skis as to how you prep your edges for storage. I like in a fairly dry environment and store my skis in an even drier place, so they generally stay rust free with the wax on the edges. My experience in wetter climates has been limited, so I'll defer to others on this. Again, I polish the hell out of my edges before storage, so the smoother edge probably gives moisture less room to get trapped and therefore helps prevent rust from forming.

However, when I attend camps during warmer months, my last day on snow always concludes with a mad dash to the airport, which doesn't allow time for the moisture to leave the bindings- even with a careful wipedown with the hotel's towels. Store a wet ski in a bag for even a day and you'll be disgusted at how much rust can form on your edges. Rubbing soft wax on the edges keeps them at least somewhat covered and reduces the amount of edge prep you'll have to do to clean them up later.

In the fall I'm really pumped for the new season, so I start waxing and prepping skis (my neighbors think I'm crazy). If I attend a camp during the summer, I usually prep a few days before. If I had a quiver much larger than my current 6 pairs, I would probably wax with a uni wax like Betaracer does just to keep the workload down. I enjoy tuning in the early season (my enthusiasm falters a little as the season progresses), so spending the extra time waxing doesn't bother me. It's actually kinda soothing once you get in the rhythm.

Take care of your gear and it will take care of you. However, this doesn't mean you shouldn't buy more skis if the mood strikes.
post #12 of 20
Okay - can you rephrase the responses for the total noob here?


My "tuner" lives 500 miles away, and this was my first season. Can you give me some BASIC stuff for storage?

Should I take the skis downtown for a "professional" tune BEFORE storage - or wait until the new season? (All I have at home is paraffin to rub on)

I got the part about even temp and dry area for storage, so that's okay.(Bedroom walk-in closet)

Store "in" the ski bag or "out"??

I know to store boots w/ buckles clamped due to "memory". I assume with liners "in"???

Anything else that is earthshakingly important???
post #13 of 20
duct tape the edges ... or chapstick/lipstick also works (in a pinch)
post #14 of 20
Unless you live on the coast with salt air you won't get any rust that won't come off skating to the first lift next season.

I iron on a thick layer of parafin and put them away.
post #15 of 20
Quote:
Originally Posted by klkaye
duct tape the edges ... or chapstick/lipstick also works (in a pinch)
Hey Kiersten!
I understand the chapstick - for lube/rust prevention.... But Duct tape??
I know it's the Handy man's secret weapon and all....
Seriously - what do I do? Tape over ALL the edges???: REALLY????
post #16 of 20
I make sure they are where I can't run over them with the car.
post #17 of 20
I put them in the toy shed on a rack. (dbl garage that has never seen a vehicle).

Turn around

Open toy shed fridge

insert hand

grab a cold one

twist cap

drink!

oh ya no wax on edge is standard Procedure on World Cup.....Betaracer is correct....he learned from a short guy better known on World Cup as "Little Johnny"
post #18 of 20
Quote:
Originally Posted by Alaska Mike
I guess it really depends on where you live/store your skis as to how you prep your edges for storage. I like in a fairly dry environment and store my skis in an even drier place, so they generally stay rust free with the wax on the edges. My experience in wetter climates has been limited, so I'll defer to others on this. Again, I polish the hell out of my edges before storage, so the smoother edge probably gives moisture less room to get trapped and therefore helps prevent rust from forming.

However, when I attend camps during warmer months, my last day on snow always concludes with a mad dash to the airport, which doesn't allow time for the moisture to leave the bindings- even with a careful wipedown with the hotel's towels. Store a wet ski in a bag for even a day and you'll be disgusted at how much rust can form on your edges. Rubbing soft wax on the edges keeps them at least somewhat covered and reduces the amount of edge prep you'll have to do to clean them up later.
In the fall I'm really pumped for the new season, so I start waxing and prepping skis (my neighbors think I'm crazy). If I attend a camp during the summer, I usually prep a few days before. If I had a quiver much larger than my current 6 pairs, I would probably wax with a uni wax like Betaracer does just to keep the workload down. I enjoy tuning in the early season (my enthusiasm falters a little as the season progresses), so spending the extra time waxing doesn't bother me. It's actually kinda soothing once you get in the rhythm.
Take care of your gear and it will take care of you. However, this doesn't mean you shouldn't buy more skis if the mood strikes.
Having in the past stored skis in the off season in a warm, humid enviornment my observation is the edges will definitely rust quickly even to the point of becoming pitted if not waxed. Where it is relatively dry and the edges not exposedto salted runs, rusting doesn't seem to be a problem. I share Mike's view of the hazards of packing wet skis for air travel as well as his preseason enjoyment of the mindless activity of ski waxing.
post #19 of 20
put your skis in a ski bag (make sure your skis and ski bags are all dried out) then put in a Inhibitor VCI Pro rust prevention chips to prevent rusting. I forget what store I ordered these from but I'm sure if you do a search on Yahoo you will find someone who carries them. These work great! I use them in my ski bags, gun cases, and tackle box.
post #20 of 20
well first both me and wife did some wicked base gouges in april so both pairs of skis are now rock skis...so all i did was melt a shit load o wax on them and ironed them out and hung them on wall in spare bedroom come november will get them repaired and i will pick up a pair of metron b5 and wife is on her own to find a new pair
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