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How to remove spring skiing "oil slick"

post #1 of 14
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We had temps in the 50's on saturday and for the past couple days before that.  After skiing an hour or so Saturday evening my ski bases were literally black from the oily residue that always floats to the surface in the spring.  It is probably a combination of oil, soot, deisel exhaust, grease, and what ever might be in the snow making water!

 

I tried scraping it off with a steel scraper, then used some citrus base cleaner/wax remover, then hot wax and scraped with some plain old parrafin followed by more base cleaner. (used plain old canning wax because it is cheap)

 

The bases look pretty clean now and I'll give em another waxing before I use them again.

 

Just wondered what is the best method to get this goop off.

post #2 of 14

I'm sure there will be those that will argue with me on this one,  but I've had good results w/o damage for years.

 

Plain old lighter fluid (cigarette, not the stuff for your grill) works instantly.  It does dry your bases out quickly and you do need to wax immediately.

 

Nothing wrong with good old canning wax.  That is how I have always sealed my skis on the first wax because I think it penetrates deeper than most waxes.  I also use (paraffin) canning wax when there is a possibility of rapid change in temps from day to day.  Para fin will usually last the day when hot waxed, and I only use it when temps are 20 and above.  I also carry a small chunk in my pocket when the temp rises into the low 50's and rub it on the skis at lunch time.  That usually lasts the afternoon.

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We had temps in the 50's on saturday and for the past couple days before that.  After skiing an hour or so Saturday evening my ski bases were literally black from the oily residue that always floats to the surface in the spring.  It is probably a combination of oil, soot, deisel exhaust, grease, and what ever might be in the snow making water!

 

 

Heh.   We had a fun loving 74F on Saturday. 

 

I assume this was on your PEs?   

 

 

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Heh.   We had a fun loving 74F on Saturday. 

 

I assume this was on your PEs?   

 

 

Nope SL 11's 

 

skiing was actually pretty good, just messy as all get out!

post #5 of 14

 Hot scrape.

 

I have this stuff... Holmenkol Molybdenum Additiv when the snow is going to be oily a put a little bit in my wax and it really helps keep the skis moving and the gunk off. It costs a fortune, but I've been using the same bar for 3 or 4 years and barely made a dent in it. It doesn't take much.

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skiing was actually pretty good, just messy as all get out!

 

Yeah. 

 

One thing about skiing in shorts is that you figure out how much water SL skis shed sideways.   I think I got a full cupful in  through the  top of the cuff.

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Yeah. 

 

One thing about skiing in shorts is that you figure out how much water SL skis shed sideways.   I think I got a full cupful in  through the  top of the cuff.

it was not quite that warm!
 

 

 

 

post #8 of 14

I picked up some Citra-Solv Cleaner Degreaser.  I spread it on and allow it to sit wet for about 5 minutes.  Then I follow with a hot scrape round or three.  Really gets the gunk out without any noticeable drying effects.

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Nope SL 11's 

 

Ah.   

 

I ask because we put Toko Dibloc over a moly base coat on the PEs back in JH; that should stand up to a little bit of pollution quite nicely.

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I picked up some Citra-Solv Cleaner Degreaser.  I spread it on and allow it to sit wet for about 5 minutes.  Then I follow with a hot scrape round or three.  Really gets the gunk out without any noticeable drying effects.

 

If I ever marketed base cleaner to the ski community, I'd sell it in HDPE motor oil bottles.

post #11 of 14

I would never suggest using some degreaser or lighter fluid. It might work for getting dirt out of base, but it's definitely not good for base. In spring and summer days I was using Swix or Toko base cleaners. It's in first row meant for removing kick wax on xc skis, but it works fine for removing dirt too, and on top of that, it doesn't harm base.

PS: This stuff is not in snow making water, but it's simply polution from air. And if you think it gets bad in spring, you should see glaciers in August or begining of September... skiing in those months is really not fun part of skiing.

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I would never suggest using some degreaser or lighter fluid. It might work for getting dirt out of base, but it's definitely not good for base. In spring and summer days I was using Swix or Toko base cleaners. It's in first row meant for removing kick wax on xc skis, but it works fine for removing dirt too, and on top of that, it doesn't harm base.

PS: This stuff is not in snow making water, but it's simply polution from air. And if you think it gets bad in spring, you should see glaciers in August or begining of September... skiing in those months is really not fun part of skiing.


 

I guess you have not seen our snow making pond

post #13 of 14

Have you tried using Hertals Spring Sauce  for a wax ?

 

It's made to work with the crap in the snow.

 

 

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Have you tried using Hertals Spring Sauce  for a wax ?

 

It's made to work with the crap in the snow.

 

 

I just saw that on their site the other day. Have you tried it yet, and if so, how is it?
 

 

I've just been adding a super warm wax to the standard Super Hot Sauce or F739 Race (2 warm to 3 HS) and that's been working pretty well, plus I can adjust for super cold squeeky snow by doing the same with a cold wax.

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