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wax new skis?

post #1 of 5
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As the title implies I'm not sure if I should wax new skis.
The skis are trouble makers and they arrived by ups new and in plastic, bindings have been installed at a shop.
From reading a lot of threads I got an impression that the edges of new skis should be in tune as is (and they do look fine to me) but that a lot of you wax new skis. The reason I'm posting the question is that every person I asked in our local shop (not the one that screwed up bindings installation for those who may have read that post) says new skis come properly waxed and do not have to be waxed.

Would people who wax please reply and maybe mention how much of a difference it makes.
Would everyone who does not wax new skis please also reply (indicating that you don't wax).

Anyone have pointers for waxing the skis my self?
Would I use a different wax or different process from when one is waxing
an old beat-up ski?

How often does any one on this forum wax and sharpen during use on good groomers? on ice? What kind of wax do you use for "field" tuning?

thanks a lot.
post #2 of 5
I am relatively new here so I don't know how much valuable advice I can offer, but I am in the same boat.

And I decided to wax my new skis. I did some research and this is something that may be helpful:


Also, I wouldn't rely on factory wax...my new skis definitely could use some cleaning/waxing.
post #3 of 5
No need to sharpen them but a cleaning and waxing will do you and the skis well.

You can never wax too many times.
post #4 of 5
I've had new skis that skied fine with factory wax, and some that just wouldn't move until waxed. It all depends. But as Richie points out, it certainly can't hurt.
post #5 of 5
There has been a lot posted on this subject. A few pointers are in order. Skis from the factory will have contaminates in the base material from the finishing process. The factory wax is not a good penetrating wax, but is a protective coating that keeps the base from drying out. A new ski should be waxed using a soft (warm) hydrocarbon wax. This is a very inexpensive ski wax, and I use the red wax from Doctor D. for this purpose. The wax is applied with an iron and scrapped off after a minute or two. This hot wax cleaning method, deep-cleans the base and extracts contaminates. After that, I'll usually apply a second coat and allow it to cool completely before scraping and brushing out the wax. My preference is to follow that up with a harder wax for colder temperatures. This seals in the wax, and give a more durable coating that should be good for colder temperatures that I expect in early season.

Both Alpinord (Slidewright.com) and Doctor D (racewax.com) sell starter kits that have wax, irons, scrapers, brushes, sidewall planer, file guides and files. These can be a great investment and will keep your entire family's gear in good condition and more skiable.

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