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base prep wax, new skis, how many coats?

post #1 of 10
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OK,OK, I know this has been discussed ad nausium before, but I can't seem to find what I'm looking for in the search. Bear with me please.

The wife and I have new skis, (she K2 Tough Luv, me Nordica Nitrous). I've Swix Base Prep Waxed, and hot scraped hers 3 times, (cooling betwwn coats). I have one on mine, (just picked 'em up tonight). How many coats do you all recommend, (within reason), before I put on the final coat, (Dominator Zoom Hydro)?

Thanks all!!
post #2 of 10
3-5 then final.
post #3 of 10
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Originally Posted by C.B. View Post

The wife and I have new skis, (she K2 Tough Luv, me Nordica Nitrous)
let me know how she likes the Tough Luv. It's on my list to demo this year.
post #4 of 10
You don't sound like you're racing with these skis. IMHO, what you did was plenty. Ski them for a few days and re-wax.
post #5 of 10
What is your typical snow- some snow (like what the east coast is experiencing this week after the melt down is pretty much spring like conditions) is harder on the skis than other. If it is man made snow, or granular or spring conditions, then you may need more than what you did. If what you encounter it is mostly powder, or typical mid temperature natural snow then what you did on your wife's could be a good start and enough. Ski them, inspect the bases after the first day and each of the first few times out. If you notice any change, then get some more wax on them- if not then after day 3 or so I'd wax them again and continue on with your normal cycle.
post #6 of 10
Tomorrow, I'm going into a ski shop to have bindings put on a pair of brand-new skis. Besides the binding installation, do I ask them to do anything else to them? Wax?

I'm going to buy the bindings at the store. What is an average price they should charge me for install? They told me $79 since I didn't buy the skis there. Thanks...
post #7 of 10
My local shop charges $25 to install bindings. $79 seems too high.
post #8 of 10
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Well the "hot box" has been touted as a way to soak wax into the base. I don't think they are needed. With new skis I leave them on the wax bench with a thick coat of wax and reheated it every time I go to the garage fridge for another beer.

a few days and a few six packs and the base will have absorbed all the wax it can hold.

http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=77645
post #9 of 10
$79 for a binding install is insane. Even at the base of Aspen Mountain they don't charge anywhere near that for a simple mount. I'd be thinking more in the $25 - 40 range. Might be worth having the skis edged and waxed as most factory edges are pretty much junk
post #10 of 10
For non racing skis, 3-5 is more then enough. For racing skis, I was normally doing this around 20 times back in days when I was serviceman for our cross country skiing WC national team, and hot boxes weren't invented yet. After hot boxes came to scene, 2 or 3 times were enough, and procedure was repeated after every stone grinding.
But as I wrote on beginning... for non racing skis, 3-5 times is more then enough.
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