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How do you clean your brushes?

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
While finishing the hot wax process, I brush with a combo and then horse hair. The brush gets clogged with wax before I am done. I usually scrape on my table edge to clean, of course wax powder then invades the room. I don't have an outside room to work in. What do you guys do to clean the wax off the brushes you are using?
post #2 of 18
a course metal brush.
post #3 of 18
I use a 3" paint brush to brush off the ski base after brass brushing.

To clean my brass brush I rub the end of the paint brush handle across the brass bristles whilst holding the brush over a waste bin.

Seems to work fine.
post #4 of 18
Hmm. If you fully scrape the skis before waxing them, you shouldn't brush up enough wax to clog anything. Anyway, that's my experience ... but I could be wrong.
post #5 of 18
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Originally Posted by sjjohnston
Hmm. If you fully scrape the skis before waxing them, you shouldn't brush up enough wax to clog anything. Anyway, that's my experience ... but I could be wrong.
Hmmm, the brushing I do is both before and after waxing. After scraping the dried wax, I brush. This creates a fine dust of wax and it clogs the brush so that if I were to continue brushing I would deposit the wax powder back on the bases. I guess that there is really no overally accepted or easy way other than the way each individual does it.

Thanks for the suggestions, all.
post #6 of 18
I suction out the wax dust with a vacumn as part of normal cleanup.
post #7 of 18
mkevenson, it may well be highly individual. My suggestions would be:

- Mo' betta scraping
- Fibertex (white non-abrasive)
- what real9999 said. Or just blow it off the base and comb out the brush.
post #8 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by sjjohnston
Hmm. If you fully scrape the skis before waxing them, you shouldn't brush up enough wax to clog anything. Anyway, that's my experience ... but I could be wrong.
Ditto - yo gotta scrape until there is nothing left to scrape.
post #9 of 18
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Originally Posted by Ski-Dad
Ditto - yo gotta scrape until there is nothing left to scrape.
Yes, I agree, but it seems to me that the scrapping gets the wax off the surface and has no way of extracting wax from the texture of the base. I thought that the purpose of the brushing with this,[ COMBINATION BRUSH
If you want one brush to handle most all your needs, this is the one to get. It's a combination of bronze and nylon bristles that is good for removing any excess wax (after scraping your hot wax) from any base structure. The thicker nylon bristles gently remove wax from any coarse structures, while the thinner bronze bristles clean out fine structures. Both brushes measure 3" x 5". ] from Tognar.com


was to extract the wax out of the texture. Maybe you are saying that scraping will accomplish this? I don't know how.
I like the vacuum suggestion. Combing is probably good too, Maybe my dog will give me one of her steel combs, she doesn't like it anyway.:
post #10 of 18
I use a metal comb. The vacuum idea sounds worthwhile, I'll start doing that as well because I have not used the comb on my brass brush as I am scared of bending bristles, and they are too fine.
post #11 of 18
what they're saying is:
Yes, Brushing is to remove the last bit of wax from the structure, but after scraping there shouldn't be THAT much wax left on the base that it would clog the brush.
post #12 of 18
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Originally Posted by B R
a course metal brush.
Well I have the same brush as mkevenson, and thought to ask the same question with in the past week, but never got around to it. The above works perfectly (fortunately I have a coarse, steel bristled, brush that I bought for a buck and never use for anything).
post #13 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by RJP
what they're saying is:
Yes, Brushing is to remove the last bit of wax from the structure, but after scraping there shouldn't be THAT much wax left on the base that it would clog the brush.
To add one more point... this assumes that the base is totally flat.

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post #14 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by RACEWAXdotCOM
To add one more point... this assumes that the base is totally flat.
Or that its convexity is sufficiently slight that you can bend the scraper to scrape completely.
post #15 of 18

Warning: perfectly round aerodynamic cows launched from lossless trebuchets.

sjj,

consider a person holding the plexi scraper with significant force against the steel edges, the force assumed to be constant as the plexi is pulled along the length of the ski.

There is also some force on the middle of the scraper from fingers and the like, assumed to be constant along the length of the ski.

Now, as those steel edges diverge, there is:

- more wax to be scraped per unit length of pull meaning more friction.
- more length of plexi between the contact points meaning it bends more easily.

How do you see the effect of the two factors above contribute to the perception of base flatness?
post #16 of 18
I've asked how to clean the brushes in another thread. Someone said that they rince with hot water (which I can't do because mine will rust). If my steel brush would not rust, I would try rincing it...

I scrape and brush, but I still get my brush clogged with wax. As racewax mentioned, my skis may not be flat. Overall, the vacuuum idea sounds good, so I think I'll try it.
post #17 of 18
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by RACEWAXdotCOM
To add one more point... this assumes that the base is totally flat.

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Ah the "flat base issue". Seems that I have read that Atomics (of which mine are) are frequently a bit on the concave side. Damn I see light under my tru bar! Nowonder my scraper aint gettin all the wax off. What's a mother (hah) to do?:
post #18 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by mkevenson
Ah the "flat base issue". Seems that I have read that Atomics (of which mine are) are frequently a bit on the concave side. Damn I see light under my tru bar! Nowonder my scraper aint gettin all the wax off. What's a mother (hah) to do?:
i almost took the bait.
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