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Wanted: Wax Iron

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
I'm looking to start doing my own tune ups. If anyone has a wax iron they want to sell and live near or around Philadelphia please contact me!
Thanks
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post #3 of 13
find an old clothes iron, there usually cheap at yard sales or you probably know someone who has one laying around for free.If not they are cheap at Walmart or Kmart
post #4 of 13
Thread Starter 
I have a clothes iron I can use, but I am scared to torch the polyethylene so it doesnt even absorb the wax. I thought I might be able to find a used iron for a reasonable price.
post #5 of 13
Have used a clothes iron for years without a problem, but you should start out practicing on old skis first and start at a low heat setting and keep the iron moving
post #6 of 13
Maybe someone else can back me up, but I seem to remember that ski wax melts at about 130F. I was able to calibrate an old clothes iron many years ago and it's been my tool of choice for about 15 years. And I also remember that there's a small window of temps -- too cold and the wax does not melt well, too hot and it begins to smoke. You can usually experiment (without skis, just wax) to find the correct setting in that zone. Once you do, mark it with a sharpie.

Craig
post #7 of 13
I used a clothes iron for years and used it with very good results. As others have said, if the wax smokes, it's to hot. 10 minutes of practice will give you the confidence to do your skis. Just remember, you can always go hotter, just start off conservatively.
post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by vetro
I have a clothes iron I can use, but I am scared to torch the polyethylene so it doesnt even absorb the wax. I thought I might be able to find a used iron for a reasonable price.
Unless you're a pro racer any old iron will do the trick.

Two things you need to remember:
-If it smokes, it is too hot.
-Make sure to keep moving the iron or you could burn the base.

It's not rocket science. Good luck.
post #9 of 13

For what its worth...

On a GE household iron, I use the numbers 3 or 4 settings on a scale of 9. It works fine, save your money for something else... gordo
post #10 of 13
I just picked up a $7 travel iron at the drug store. Started waxing for the first time today and it seemed to work fine. I'm not an expert tech by any means but i ran water over the bases after i had finished and it seemed to bead up real nicely. The guy at the ski shop told me to buy the drug store iron as that's what they use.
post #11 of 13
Next it'll be the edges. Get some trash skis and practice, not quite as easy as waxing but not brain surgery either.
post #12 of 13
I've got a Bakoda I used last season $25 shipped. Single temp, on off LED, easy to use with a large base, including the original box. Bought the swix pro at the end of the season as the kids started racing.
post #13 of 13
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Originally Posted by GlenPlake
I just picked up a $7 travel iron at the drug store. Started waxing for the first time today and it seemed to work fine. I'm not an expert tech by any means but i ran water over the bases after i had finished and it seemed to bead up real nicely. The guy at the ski shop told me to buy the drug store iron as that's what they use.
he trouble with some travel irons is that they don't have a lot of metal in them and the heat disipates really quickly, so it might take a little longer to wax the skis. Still does the trick though.....
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