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How is this repaired?

post #1 of 9
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I just found out after coming home that the edge near the shovel has a slight ding, and the base developed a fairly noticeable bump.  It is not a gouge, but is sticking out enough that it'd definitely interfere with waxing.


I'll need to take it to a shop for the repair.  Just so I don't get taken advantage of, can someone tell me how this woulbe be (supposed to be) repaired? 

post #2 of 9

Post a pic.


If it's ahead of the forward contact point, I wouldn't worry about it too much -- just make sure there are no open gaps/seams/cracks where water could enter the core. 

post #3 of 9
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I will post a pic later today.  Was having problems with the camera yesterday.

post #4 of 9
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Took a lot longer, but finally got a few pics of the damage.  Since the initial damage, the skis went through a stone grind to get rid of the bump.  It looked fine after that, but after several days of skiing, a chunk of the base has come off right where the initial damage was.  Ugh. 


Any idea what needs to be done here?  Would p-tex be enough?  Any comment on the fate of the skis?  This has been my only pair, and I'm afraid that the damage area might become bigger unless treated appropriately. 




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post #6 of 9

Hardly worth worrying about.  Cheap simple repair. 

post #7 of 9

Here's the Base Repair Options wiki. Looks straight forward. If welding doesn't work, replacing the section an with a piece from a sheet of base repair material and epoxy.

post #8 of 9

If they ski OK, I would just fill with ptex and keep an eye on it.


I think I see signs of de-lamination starting, and what looks to have been an impact in that area, correct? 


The shop probably should have attempted to clamp/hammer the base back into shape rather than grind off the bump, as that just made the ptex super thin in that area (which is likely what caused the blister to break off).


I would look it over real carefully.  If there are any openings in any of the layers, fill them with a flexible epoxy.  If there don't appear to be structural issues, you could even squirt some caulk in the openings.  Main goal is to keep water from getting into the core.  Then dig out any loose/thin/flapping ptex, and fill in that base gouge.

post #9 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thanks everyone.


skier219 - frankly, I don't remember any impact in that area that initially cause the damage.  It had to have been pretty harsh, and the impact came from the top.  I certainly didn't do that skiing.  The only thing I can think of is, the skis fell top sheet first while on the rack and hit a metal leg of the rack or something.  You c an see the metal edge slightly bending out of shape.


Anyhow, they ski ok.  My boot/canting situation is causing more issue than the ski damage is.

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