Originally Posted by discobean7
I'm going to follow Newfydog's idea of continually reheating a coat of wax. My question is, which wax should I use? I typically do mult coats of CH8 to prep my skis, but would something like a moly base prep be better? Thanks.
Hot boxing is impractical for the vast majority of DIYers and multiple coats of liquid or solids, heated is a very practical and easy to work into daily routines with skis sitting on a bench or stand.
I've been using a similar approach to newfydog's (though with less beer consumption). I'll start with Maplus RB Soft and light hot scrape after application, apply more and iron it several times. Scrape and brush, Apply, RB Hard and reheat several times, then scrape and brush and then apply the WOTD (wax of the day) following the same steps.
Part of the thinking is that just the fact you are saturating the base as Dr D said, with any wax in general will improve glide and durability.
The Maplus Waxing Manual is located in our Resources section
to download. It has lots of good tuning and waxing tips, depending on performance goals. Here's an excerpt from page 15 on Saturation:
The racing ski bases are generally made of ultra
high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE)
loaded with graphite.
The bases in UHMWPE are realized through sintering.
It is a process that consists in melting under
pressure high molecular weight polyethylene
powder mixed with additives in a cylindrical mould.
Once cooled down, the cylindrical shape obtained
is cut to the desired thickness by means of a peeling
device, thus generating the sintered base.
During the polyethylene cooling process, some
empty micro-spaces will originate at the points of
contact among crystalline microspherulites. The
base saturation is possible by spreading the liquid
paraffin in these empty micro-spaces. The heat is
crucial, because it keeps the paraffin liquid and generates
micro-movements of polyethylene, that facilitate
the final saturation of empty micro-spaces.
Thanks to electronic iron MAPLUS ELECTRONIC
IRON WAX, saturation occurs normally with about
30 waxing treatments, waiting from time to time
that the base cools down, in order to prevent the
ski internal structure from heating excessively.
For high-level, saturation is carried out in 2 or 3
times through the thermo bag, MAPLUS THERMO
WAXING BAG, that allows distributing the temperature
evenly, and consequently the paraffin across
the base. Just leave the ski covered with a thick
layer of paraffin in the bag at a temperature of 55 °
/ 60 ° C, for a period that can range from 24 to
36 hours according to the type of ski construction.
The temperature should not be higher than the one
indicated, as excessive heat can damage the internal
structure of the skis. MAPLUS SOFT RACING
BASIC shall be used because, during the saturation
process, it remains liquid at the temperature
indicated. The process is repeated 2 or 3 times
until the ski is taken off from the bag at the end of
treatment, still covered by the layer of paraffi n. At
this point, saturation is complete.
It is important to wait for the ski to cool down inside
the thermo bag closed, to prevent damage to the
structure of polyethylene and skis.
Instead of the thermo bag, the thermo cover MAPLUS
THERMO COVER can be used in the same
way, but in shorter time. The ski bases are compressed
against the thermo cover and saturation is
completed in 6 / 9 hours. The temperature of the
thermo cover can not be adjusted and it constantly
fluctuates between 55 ° / 60 ° C.
The use of the thermo bag or the thermo cover
compared to electronic iron makes skis immediately
more sliding and resistant to abrasion and dirt.
The saturation process must be repeated every
time the skis are grinded by a stone grinding