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preventing rust when storing skis

post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 
How do you prevent your edges from rusting slightly when you store them for winter. Obviously keeping them ultra dry before storage should do the trick but do any of you wax the edges before storing? If so, how? Just applying a hot wax before storage won't cover the top/side edges will it...only the base.
post #2 of 23
a good dose of wax will cover ...just dont scrape...just hot wax it
post #3 of 23
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Originally Posted by skidbump View Post
a good dose of wax will cover ...just dont scrape...just hot wax it
And it still gets on the top edge even though the ski was hanging upside down?
post #4 of 23
Magic Marker
post #5 of 23
When storage waxing, I also take the wax block and slide it vigorously down both edges. Never had a rust problem.
post #6 of 23
Gordon: I use Skidbump and Tief techniques used for storage. Outside that, I will assume your storage area itself remains dry, maintains a moderate constant temperature and is free of any harsh chemicals, solvents etc with potential to seep.

However, I will comment that I have seen some folks store skis just standing on their tails on damp basement floors. Also, have seen folks store skis although suspended near the tip, the tail of the ski rests against a damp basement wall or near a H20 sump collection point.

Also, regarding the season; not sure of your habits after a ski day, but I spend time knocking out collected snow in the bindings then carefully wipe down my skis before I load into the jeep for the drive home. I repeat process again and again before I hang them at home (If they are not on my wax cycle).

It doesn't take much for those rails to date the first good looking H20 droplet that comes by. And you know what happens next…they are making little baby rusty’s...which obviously you do not want happening on your watch dad.
post #7 of 23
I've heard of people using Vasoline to protect edges from rusting. I never have but I knew an Old Maid that didn't know the difference between Vasoline & putty. All her windows fell out.
post #8 of 23
I just run some wax over the edges.
post #9 of 23
A wipe over with Zardoz Notwax will prevent any rust & is a lot less hassle/messy than trying to seal over the cover the edges with wax.
post #10 of 23
toko also make a pen thing for edges
post #11 of 23
I use Toko on the edges

I used to use vaseline -too messy
post #12 of 23
Has anyone ever tried Rain-X? It should work the same as Zardoz for this purpose and is cheaper.
post #13 of 23
Why the heck would you want to put anything but ski wax anywhere near your bases?

Just take a bar of the softest wax (Swix CH10, for instance), and rub it along the bottom and side edges.
post #14 of 23
is there anyway to repair rusted ski edges? or are they that way for eternity?
post #15 of 23
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Originally Posted by codyblank View Post
is there anyway to repair rusted ski edges? or are they that way for eternity?

If the rust is light, a gummi stone will work.

If the rust is severe, it can either be removed by filing or a stonegrind.

Rust, left unattended, will eventually cause pits in the steel edges requiring more edge material to be removed to get the edges smooth again.

Striations caused by stone grinding can promote the rapid formation of rust. To avoid this, use a diamond stone to remove the striations after a stonegrind and wipe skis down after skiing.
post #16 of 23
thanks for the information.
post #17 of 23
sometimes the hot wax method will trap moisture between the edge and the wax and you will get really ugly rust, so scrape the freshly waxed ski edge while it's warm and then run the bar of wax down both the base and side edge, voila, done
post #18 of 23
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Originally Posted by Lostboy View Post
If the rust is light, a gummi stone will work.

If the rust is severe, it can either be removed by filing or a stonegrind.

Rust, left unattended, will eventually cause pits in the steel edges requiring more edge material to be removed to get the edges smooth again.

Striations caused by stone grinding can promote the rapid formation of rust. To avoid this, use a diamond stone to remove the striations after a stonegrind and wipe skis down after skiing.

Thinking about this some more I should have added:
With regard to severe base edge rust if base edge filing, be very careful that you do not inadvertently reset the base bevel in the process. This may be hard to avoid if rust on the base edges is severe. The better alternative in that case would be to take them to a reputable shop to have the skis stone ground and the base and side edges set to manufacturer's spec or to your desired bevels. In the alternative, you could have the skis simply stone ground flat with a 90 degree edge and then set both base and side bevels at home yourself with a file and appropriate bevel tools.
post #19 of 23
I just wanted to pad my post count by writing "rub wax on the edges" in this thread.
post #20 of 23
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Originally Posted by Doctor D View Post
Has anyone ever tried Rain-X? It should work the same as Zardoz for this purpose and is cheaper.
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Originally Posted by NE1 View Post
Why the heck would you want to put anything but ski wax anywhere near your bases?

Just take a bar of the softest wax (Swix CH10, for instance), and rub it along the bottom and side edges.
Actually the reason why I brought this up was regarding a specific question I got from a customer that lived near the ocean in the the humid south and stored his skis over the summer in his outdoor garage. It seems that the wax on the edges wasn't good enough to prevent rust; he had spots here and there from incomplete coverage and some parts where the salty air seemed to penetrate between gaps in the metal and wax. I was thinking that a liquid polymer that could be painted on may work better in this situation.
post #21 of 23
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Originally Posted by Doctor D View Post
Actually the reason why I brought this up was regarding a specific question I got from a customer that lived near the ocean in the the humid south and stored his skis over the summer in his outdoor garage. It seems that the wax on the edges wasn't good enough to prevent rust; he had spots here and there from incomplete coverage and some parts where the salty air seemed to penetrate between gaps in the metal and wax. I was thinking that a liquid polymer that could be painted on may work better in this situation.
I've heard Rainex eats ptex. I have no direct experience with this though.

It seems that the problem could be solved by moving away from the ocean to the mountains and not keeping your skis in the garrage.
post #22 of 23
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Originally Posted by volantaddict View Post
I've heard Rainex eats ptex. I have no direct experience with this though.

It seems that the problem could be solved by moving away from the ocean to the mountains and not keeping your skis in the garrage.
Anybody want a house on the beach?
post #23 of 23
zardoz
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