Please disregard my previous posting on this subject. It is a difficult, tenuous repair technique that probably should not be attempted. It would have been better if I had not mentioned it here.
I know that a soldering iron generates a lot of heat. This is a soldering gun with a flat brazing tip on it. If you read the posting you would know, or maybe I should have stated better, that it is a special technique for repairing a ski base that is very hard and dense, like a racing stock ski. I said do not get the area too hot, just enough to blend.
A p-tex candle will not really adhere well to a true racing stock ski base at all if you light it on fire and drip the p-tex on it. I did not say that grinding up p-tex changes its molecular weight, just that you should use a similar series of p-tex to the base material.
This is really a special technique when you do not want to cut-up the base to install a patch. The skis are usually hot when they are first produced. If the ski becomes too hot later on in its life, it tends to delaminate; however, this is very localized heat applied over a brief period of time. It has worked excellently for me. I do not recommend people try this in general, so I am removing my original posting. I had stated not to attempt the repair in this way if you had any doubts about the method since it could damage the ski.
[ October 08, 2003, 02:45 PM: Message edited by: Jørn ]