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Edge and Wax on new skis

post #1 of 11
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I just bought a pair of brand new skis back in august from a local shop. Is it good to bring them in for a wax and quick tune up before taking them out for the first time?
post #2 of 11
Hi skieast
As far as waxing goes....You can never over wax! Most new skis are really some what dry and dirty from the factory but just taking them to the local shop for a quick machine wax is just so-so. If you really want to do it right,buy the tools to do it yourself,if you ski alot its well worth it. What i do is this on new skis. First...do a light wipe down of the base with a base cleaner to clean heavy junk from the base,you dont need to soak em down,just damp. Then hot wax and scrape( while still warm ) until the wax comes off clean,about 2-5 times. At this point you can now hotwax for saturation, hotwax , let it dry cool ( a couple hours to overnight ) scrape and repeat as many times as you can, i do this 5-10 times before ever skied. It may seem like alot but really extends the life of the ski and not to mention makes them ski great, if this way is not an option for you,do what you can...any wax is better than no wax, You can then rewax after every couple days of skiing ( depending on conditions ) dirty snow ect: As far as a tune goes,,,,,SKI EM FIRST with the factory tune and see how they ski. Just remember,depending on who makes the ski they will have a factory spec on the base and side angle....1-1 , 1-2 , 1-3 and so on. Most shops set up there equiptment for what ever they decide. Most shops that i know set for a 1-1,,,,so if you like or dislike the factory spec...you have to tell em what you want ( AND HOPE THEY LISTEN ) or do it yourself...its not that hard to do if you have the tools. Check out the many threads around here on this,they are good. Hope this helps.
post #3 of 11
OH YEA.......dont forget to brush between waxing.....sorry bout that
post #4 of 11
Are you trying to win a race? Good grief, wax them once, scrape them and go ski!

Fine tune the tune if needed, but find out what you are dealing with first.

Unless you are racing, it is raining, or wickedly cold, no special wax job is worth it. Write some Haiku and post it here instead.
post #5 of 11
RACE? Were not talking overlays or $150 waxes! Just how to prep a ski right. Our snow conditions on the east S***! a couple of hours of work before the season is worth it when you spend big bucks on the skis, i always laugh when people say....what did you do to make my ski like this after you were done,ill pay you if you want as long as long your willing to do it.....hmmmmmmm
post #6 of 11
OH BTW...making a ski perform is not just about speed........but it sure is fun!
post #7 of 11
Yeah, well, sometime I see these things and think the TGR group is right to be making fun of us. Life doesn't end if you forget to brush between your five coasts of wax.

I wax a good 80 times a season. Mostly my XC skating skis, where it really matters.

A new pair of recreational alpine skis does not often need a couple of hours of work. A quick coat of wide range wax and go ski. Wax them the first few times, then as needed.
post #8 of 11
I really think we are saying the same thing........but the first prep work is what is important and helps in the longevity....when i started doing this i found you can go years on the bases with out needing a regrind and the ski skis more consistent over time.....you are right , between ...wax scrape and go! As for the TGR,S these are probably the same people i here bitching on the slopes about there skis "somthings wrong with these things...its not me".......lol
post #9 of 11
Bring 'em in and get a wax. No need to jack with the edges unless you want to detune the tips and tails a bit. I would just wax and ski them and then go from there.
post #10 of 11
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Originally Posted by mavrik View Post
I really think we are saying the same thing........but the first prep work is what is important and helps in the longevity....when i started doing this i found you can go years on the bases with out needing a regrind and the ski skis more consistent over time.....you are right , between ...wax scrape and go! As for the TGR,S these are probably the same people i here bitching on the slopes about there skis "somthings wrong with these things...its not me".......lol
Yea...that's them alright :. Get a clue JONG.
post #11 of 11
new skis absolutely need to be waxed. I always do a hot scrape and then a good base wax and then 2-3 coats of wax (molybendum from racewax) yes, after scraping use a brass brush to work the bases. As far as edges go, I run a file guide down the edges to make sure all is OK. Tyically, there are a couple high spots. Then I use a diamond and ceramic stone to smooth and harden the edges.
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