By no means is the following the best or correct way to wax skis but I think it worked:
So, I go to the ski shop and pick up everything that I need to wax my skis. I take the liquid base cleaner that I bought and apply liberally to the base of both of the skis. I wait the allotted time and wipe off with an old rag. Low and behold, dirt and old wax comes right off. After a second coat of liquid base cleaner, I get the remainder of the dirt and...
...15 minutes later and with mild trepidation I take the base prep wax that I bought and rub the bar onto the base of the ski to put a thin coat on so as not to protect the bases a bit more...I then take the bar and apply it to my Toko Wax Iron that is preheated to 100 degrees celsius.
Now before you read on, I would like to know how someone can get three thin "lines" of wax onto the base. All I could get was small to medium sized drops that run all over the ski like a horrific looking case of chicken pox. After 30 seconds of applying the wax to the base in this method I realize, to my dismay, that the wax hardened and here is where the trouble begins. I take the iron and start at the tip and work my way to the tail moving smoothly, evenly and constantly. I look at my work and nothing happened! Great: Now what? I am ready about to give up...then I remember hearing that you can "draw on" the wax and heat it up with a hairdryer and effectively wax your skis, somewhat. So I take a hairdryer, and yet again smoothly and evenly hover above the base and try to melt the thick layer of semi-spread wax that I am now left with. After abandoning this method with low to no success, I go back to the iron. At this point I know that one "swipe" with the iron will not do anything. So, all told after three "swipes" with the iron the wax finally begins to spread. If you can imagine taking frozen peanut butter and trying to iron that out with warm spoon, you will know what I am going through.
So, all told, I go over the bases about 5 times and finally, the wax begins to coat the bases very well. Don't worry, the wax was applied so thick that the bases barely even got warm until the last "swipe" of the iron, then i stopped. So, I return the draw and heat method and take my hair dryer and warm up my wax on the side. I take the soft wax and draw in any of the spots that missed and then finish with a few more passes of the hairdryer. I take my fingers and rub in the soft wax all around to further spread it out. I then cut my finger on the edge of the base and I now know that I am done. All told I am left with my bases looking like this from tip to tail
From what I can tell, the bases look fine and now I have an incredibly thick layer of base prep wax that I intend to leave on the skis for about a month. The bubbling and uneveness that you see is the wax, not the base. Should I try to spread out the wax more or just leave it how it is? Considering that I will just be scraping off this wax in a month i figure it will be alright. Any thoughts? Try not to make fun of me too much :