Originally Posted by jaysquared
Do NOT use a normal iron for your skis. A normal clothes iron temperature fluctuates between 50 and 75 degrees, meaning if you set it at 130 it could potentially go all the way up to 205 and burn your base.
This is definitely true of some clothes irons (I don't know about the exact degrees, but they do fluctuate too much). I think some of them work okay: generally old ones, so far as I can tell, with heavy bases.
|Crayons are also a bad idea.
I think they meant "crayoning" (a verb), as in rubbing the wax on the ski instead of dripping it. One should not use actual crayons
, if for no other reason than they're not that cheap, and your kids will get mad if you reduce their art supplies to a puddle or floorful of scrapings. And no ... the yellow ones (e.g.
sunglow, dandelion) don't work better for warm snow than cerulean or robin's egg.
|Ski waxes contain fluorocarbons
Some do, though personally I use HC waxes, except for racing.
The "standard" crayoning technique is just a variant of hot-waxing. Touch the bar quickly to your iron, then rub on the ski; repeat until ski base is pretty well drawn on; iron in the usual way; scrape and brush the usual way. If done judiciously, it wastes less wax (a good thing, if you're using pricey fluoros), and makes scraping quicker and tidier.