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Kids ski waxing?

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
I'm a tuning novice and just getting into self tuning and waxing of the family's skis. I was wondering about kids skis.

I know some kids ski bases are made from a type of ptex that doesn't accept much wax (extruded?). Is there a way to tell by looking if the bases are of this type? Or just go for it and wax them like the rest of our skis? Can you damage the bases if they are of that type?

He has the rossi bandit jr this year.
post #2 of 10
Wax 'em up. Worst case it won't take all that much wax. You won't hurt them.
post #3 of 10
Here's a kid waxing his extruded bases. Just keep the iron moving and start with lower temps. You can cook the bases if you don't pay attention.
post #4 of 10
If I remember right, those skis have sintered bases.
post #5 of 10
My bad. The pics were from a couple years ago and I was thinking of how sensitive the used ski bases were due to the el cheapo 'base coating' from the smearing machine they were run through and how the gouges it covered were a PITA to repair after initial waxings...

This shred head has some new Rossi Bandits as well and I hope to get some new pics of him prepping, waxing and edge tuning in the near future......stay tuned. :

(Note to self: don't drink wine, get cocky as a proud parent and post on technical threads.....)
post #6 of 10
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys! Appreciate the input. My little powderhound will be excited to work on his skis.

Alpinord...cool kid pics.
post #7 of 10
One of my little shredders skis the Bandit Jr's (green tops)...They look/wax just like the adult version. Now, my daughters Dynastars are a different story, but I still wax them the same, just with very low temp and I don't brush them.

She's now skiing some Stoeckli's Jr skis, and the bases seem just like the adult version.
post #8 of 10
I'm no expert, but I have tuned and waxed several jr skis over the last couple of years. I certainly have observed differences in structure (and maybe material) between different quality levels of kid's skis. The "better" (non-entry-level) skis have a structure and holds wax much better and can be very similar to adult skis.

OTOH, the entry-level ones (particularly the super short ones) are very smooth and probably pourless. Even if they are used a lot, a hot wax at the beginning of the season and occasional rub on would probably be sufficient for them to be effective.
post #9 of 10
In theory, a mirror smooth base creates more suction than one with a 'freed' structure. This is more true as the moisture content increases. Creating some base structure and keeping it free by brushing will help glide. It may not be a big issue while gravity is in play and you really don't want your kid screaming down a hill too fast, but it does help dragging them and gliding on the flats. Same is very true for hoping and dragging young boarders.

In my case, I'm thinking about using klister grip wax on my kids skis to slow him down enough so I can keep up with him. :
post #10 of 10
With a bit of parental warning .... kids are air heads!

They will leave the iron plugged in sooner or later.

They will use way too much wax.

They will make a major mess with shavings. Got carpets?

They will inhale wax fumes ... make sure area has some ventilation.

If I had a $1 for each time a kid on the race team laid his finger or hand open on a sharp edge I could afford those new bindings I've been looking at.

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