Originally Posted by RACEWAXdotCOM
Base burn and oxidation are the same thing. When something "burns" it is oxidized.
I've seen "Oxidation" and "base burn" used interchangeably on this site. Is this common with everyone in the ski industry?
Oxidation is when the atoms of a material give up electrons and increases valence in repsonse to its combination with oxygen.
It is true that when something burns, it oxidizes. This would be very fast oxidation. But rusting is also oxidation in a slow form.
Perhaps we would be better served to refer to the white spots as base burn, and rusting spots as, well, rusting.
Good God! I sound like a geek! Sorry guys. I have to take A LOT of chemistry in school. I can't believe I remember some of it.