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Ski base burn

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Oh, the problems with manmade snow. I recently started out this new ski season with some new, wonderful Head iXRC 1200 skis. Before taking them out I waxed and brushed them 3 times. On the first day out, I noticed after 4 hours of aggressive skiing, I was starting to get a little base burn around the edges near the bindings, so I stopped and switched skis.

Now here is the problem. Usually, when I start getting a little burn, I can brush it and wax it away. It takes several cycles, but that has always worked in the past. In this case, it doesn't seem to work. The base near the edges is still not right. Do I need to keep brushing and waxing?- I use a variety of brushes.
Do I need to do a grind? It seems early in the life of the skis. Suggestions?
post #2 of 4
The graphite has actually been torn from the base. This is called "abrasion," most people think it's "oxidation."
A smooth base grind is the first step in slowing down the onset of abrasion. Medium and generally soft base waxes such as Dominator Base Renew properly ironed on will help to protect against abrasion. Wax is for protection, speed comes from a good base finish.
Hard waxes incur abrasion much faster, as the harder paraffins offer much less adaptability to changing surface temperatures. They become brittle, and actually seal the base closed over time, creating diminished wax absorption.
Occasional hot waxing with base penetrating waxes, combined with daily topical application via WaxWhizard, are the best methods to slowing down the onset of abrasion. Graphite base material is very fast by nature, but is also quite fragile when exposed to abrasive snow types and improper hot waxing technique.
BTW, you need to stone grind to freshen the base back to it's original condition. If you can find someone to do that correctly, see if you can have them actually apply a true .5-1.0 degree base bevel, with a 3 degree side edge angle. This way you can find out just how good those new Heads really can be. I can assure you they did not come that way from the factory.
Good Luck!
post #3 of 4
Thread Starter 
Thanks for clarifying the difference between oxidation and abrasion. It is definitely abrasion in this case.

Now, my choices are to have a grind done locally (in the midwest of Indiana??? hmm), wait until I take a trip to where there is a good ski shop, or mail them to you at Precision Tuning Center. Have to think about it.
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