CERA F- That pad is like a Scotch Brite pad isn't it? Good item to have on hand.
It isn't really how much wax, but how often you was. Remember: You cna never wax your skis too much.
Bases years ago didn't hold the wax like today's bases. Most of us just rubbed it on and we could see the wax. Today we know that hte wax belongs INSIDE the base, not on top. It changes the molecular structure of the base so it can do what, I believe, Dchan was talking about, pressure, heat, melting snow into proper amount of water for the correc glide.
Zeek- I think that waxing clinic is afraid that some people might get the ski too hot. So they say wax often. This will accomplish the same thing eventually. The heat won't hurt hte ski, but it will hurt the base if it's too hot.
You want the iron to be as close to 248 degrees as possible without going over that! This is the temp. where you get the maximum amount of grmas per minute absorbtion rate of wax.
Mikla has the right idea of waxing often. Do this and the ski gets faster and faster through the season.
Again I post Bob's ski page
hit <liniks> then bob's ski page. Any questions, e-mail me. there are many places to learn waxing and tuning, and there is so much to this. What I wrote at this site is a good, solid start. Racers then get crazy with $150 waxes and the like. A few of us don't have that kind of money; especially after gas prices, ski and binding prices, lift tickets, $6.50 dried out cheese burgers, and paying off bets at the lodge for when you bet you could make that last mogul hill.... and didn't!