Originally Posted by GordonFreeman
Getting some new skis soon. I presume these will have been grinded & tuned by the manufacturer? The shop is giving them an initial waxing. Will I have to do anything more before skiing on them for the first time?
For maintenance after that, I'm thinking of getting this set:http://www.facewest.co.uk/pp/dakine/deluxetuneupkit.htm
It's £40 / $75 though - can't find anything cheaper at the moment...
Will that do the job ?
, leave the factory edges as they are.
However, new skis are shipped with only a surface transit wax & the bases still contain crap in the form of dust, dirt & emulsifiers from the manufacturing process. The factory wax is also for protection rather than performance.
The crap needs to be cleaned out & by hot scraping with a warm, low melting point wax. Then the more wax applications you can give the skis the better as it really loads up the base which greatly improves performance & protection. Even better are the specific waxes just for this purpose like Dominator Zoom Base Renew or Holmenkol Base Prep for which one application is like multiple applications of normal wax. Between each wax cycle (leaving the wax to fully cool before scraping) give the skis loads of brass brushing & fiberpad passes. Top World Cup tuners may do 50 waxes & scrape cycles plus mega brushing on their race skis before they’re skied on so don’t think you’re being anal by doing it a few times!
Where are you in the UK? I run my own tuning products business & hand tuning service & would be pleased to put you together a package to use your requirements & budget.
You can contact me by PM or better still at skituning@btinternet(dot)co.uk