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Fibretex or Scotchbrite can be used to aid in getting rid of certain foreign material off the base, but you need to be careful since there are different coarsenesses.
I only perform hot scrapes when required, not every time I wax. Generally in the spring when the goop falls off the trees. I always lay a base layer of universal wax. You can search to find out my preference. If I'm just skiing, that is the only wax I need. For racing, I can layer on top of that as needed for the run.
Here's the general procedure;
Wipe skis dry.
Check bindings to see if there any visible abnormalities. Repair, adjust or replace if needed.
Check edges. Deburr, sharpen, polish as needed.
Wipe base clean.
Hot scrape if needed to remove dirt left by wet polishing on base side.
Scrape and brass brush to remove all hot scrape wax.
If hot scrape not required, lightly use brass brush to get rid of any shavings, followed by horse hair brush.
Apply wax of choice and let cool.
Brass brush heavily.
Horse-hair brush heavily.
If layering, apply wax and let cool.
Brass & Horse like above and continue until layering cycle is complete.
Notice the lack of sythetic bristle brushes. They should never be used as a final brushing to eliminate static build-up. Not a big deal for most skiers, but if waxing for speed, you can lose a few 1/100ths right from the start.
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