Originally Posted by Alpinord
(FWIW I believe in another thread you indicated that brushing wasn't necessary and didn't expect that you also brushed. Are you also scraping & brushing after using the towels?)
I believe you may be thinking of something I said in regards to removing old wax and hot scraping, in that case, I don't brush as I'm not that concerned about old wax. It seems my waxes mix a bit and being a rec skier, don't really care.
However, I am meticulous about finishing the surface. I scrape to the base and brush maybe 15 strokes.
Nonetheless, I just added the paper step a few times this winter and have since abolished it, as stated.
I scrape and brush at the resort anyway. with the paper step, it seems I only saved a few scraper strokes in the end. But after a day of skiing, the edges of my base were already showing the dryness (not base-burn) I had usually experienced after 2 days of riding. Since abolishing the paper step, I'm back up to 2 days of longevity.
I do brush daily even if I didn't apply any new wax. Brushing seems to make those first 5 runs a bit faster. After a day of riding, it seems the structure gets pushed around? Like worn out tires.
I was just wondering if the sponge/paper technique actually pulls wax from deeper in the pores of the base, the wax that I counted on and previously restructured for my second day of riding. May be great for racing enthusiasts who wax every day (or run) and rely on very minimal amounts of wax, but I didn't notice any increase in glide, personally.
Although theoretically, the less wax/ the better conditioned the base, the faster, right? I always understood that base material was actually faster than any wax, and hence we scrape. The structure of the base is what we actually tend to. If I'm right in that assurtion, then paper would be a valuable step.