EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › On the Snow (Skiing Forums) › Tuning, Maintenance and Repairs › How do i wax skis that don't have a flat surface?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

How do i wax skis that don't have a flat surface?

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
I got a pair of skis with a section in the middle that is depressed about an inch, probably a good 3 feet in length. Do i just wax as i would a regular set of flat-bottomed skis and then just don't worry about the depression? or do i have to get wax inside the depression and then manually scrape it flat? thanks.
post #2 of 16
Put the wax on the same old way, but you will have to find a plastic scraper to fit inside the groove. Good luck!
post #3 of 16
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ghost
Put the wax on the same old way, but you will have to find a plastic scraper to fit inside the groove. Good luck!
what about avoiding waxing inside the groove altogether?
post #4 of 16

I think I would want wax in the groove...

... But if you can't find a plastic scraper to fit the groove, at least use a heavy bronze or metal brush to brush smooth the surface of excess wax. Next wipe the groove with a scotchbrite (nylon not brillo) pad.
post #5 of 16
You mean a groove?

I don't think anyone's put grooves in skis since the early 90s. And I hope it's more like a 1/8th of an inch. A one-inch deep groove wouldn't leave you with much ski, if any.

You need to scrape it out. They still make scrapers with approximately the right shape. Nordic skiers use them.
post #6 of 16
Thread Starter 
thanks for all the replies. i'll try avoiding the groove and see how taht works and then look for the proper scraper tool if that doesn't work.
post #7 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by GlenPlake
thanks for all the replies. i'll try avoiding the groove
Don't waste your time. If you're gliding the iron on a wax slick, you're guaranteed to get some in there.


Quote:
then look for the proper scraper tool if that doesn't work.
Don't waste your money.

cut & file one out of a plastic windshield scraper/cd box insert/random bit of hard plastic. Grooves are different widths & depths on different skis, so you'll have a custom tool.

If you decide to cut & file one out of wood, make sure the grain points into the ski.
post #8 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by sjjohnston
They still make scrapers with approximately the right shape. Nordic skiers use them.
Very approximately, as they're mostly for spreading klister.
post #9 of 16
popscicle sticks works pretty well.
post #10 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by skier_j
popscicle sticks works pretty well.
Cracked winterkill bamboo is a little less eco-pesky dropped next to the trail
post #11 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by comprex
Very approximately, as they're mostly for spreading klister.
I meant a scraper for scraping hot wax out of grooves, which cross-country skis still have (at least some of them).

Like this: http://www.toko.ch/toko/katalog.asp?...d=2697&sid =2
which is pretty near just what alpine skiers used to use to scrape out grooves when alpine skis still had grooves.

While nordic people use a wider variety of wax techniques than alpine skiers, they do at least include the standard hot wax / scrape / brush business that we do.
post #12 of 16

Ah, sorry

You were very clear, sjjohnston, first time I was making a somewhat facetious reference to the fact that GP might go hunt down a Swix T87:


and still not have something appropriate to scrape out a broader but flatter alpine groove, as the groove bits are narrower and rounded, causing the scraper to skip and wander.

Considering how many of those are bought and discarded with ziplocs and sticky stuff all over them, there's no incentive for a modification for alpine use.
post #13 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by sjjohnston
I meant a scraper for scraping hot wax out of grooves, which cross-country skis still have (at least some of them).

Like this: http://www.toko.ch/toko/katalog.asp?view=detail&did=96&dart=4&tid=2697&sid =2
which is pretty near just what alpine skiers used to use to scrape out grooves when alpine skis still had grooves.

While nordic people use a wider variety of wax techniques than alpine skiers, they do at least include the standard hot wax / scrape / brush business that we do.
That's what I use on my Kästles. It doesn't fit perfectly, but it works.
post #14 of 16
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by comprex
Don't waste your time. If you're gliding the iron on a wax slick, you're guaranteed to get some in there.




Don't waste your money.

cut & file one out of a plastic windshield scraper/cd box insert/random bit of hard plastic. Grooves are different widths & depths on different skis, so you'll have a custom tool.

If you decide to cut & file one out of wood, make sure the grain points into the ski.
just cut one out of a cd case... works just fine. thanks!
post #15 of 16
Sand or file down one corner of your scraper until it is the right width (I have a couple of old ones that came like that).
post #16 of 16
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by garylk
Sand or file down one corner of your scraper until it is the right width (I have a couple of old ones that came like that).
ah, didn't even think of that. i might give that a try. thx.
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Tuning, Maintenance and Repairs
EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › On the Snow (Skiing Forums) › Tuning, Maintenance and Repairs › How do i wax skis that don't have a flat surface?