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post #1 of 15
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What's your recipe for the summer wax?  In the past I'd iron on regular wax on my skis after the last day and just didn't scrape until December.  If is this is folly, can you tell me the proper way?   Thanks.  

 

P.S. It makes me sad just asking that question- the season is over for me...

  

post #2 of 15

May I assume that by "summer wax" you mean a summer storage wax as opposed to a wax for summer conditions?

 

For storage I use a cheap wax, liberally cover the bases then don't touch until I pull those skis out again.  At which point I hot scrape and re-wax for conditions

 

For summer ski wax, it's a longer answer.  I depends upons where I'm skiing but generally use a soft "warm" snow wax and an aggresive structure on the bases to move more water out.  If skiing in high humidity areas I'll use a flourinated powder which I cork in

post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 

I meant the summer storage wax.  For where I live summer skiing is skiing on rocks and grass, so no wax would work (unless you are adept in rock skiing in true McConkey style).    If I put decent wax on and scrape it in the new season, do I have to re-wax?   I assume I don't...

 

post #4 of 15

I slap on a thick layer of cheap parafin.  I frequently end up skiing on it next season.  Works great in warmer conditions, sucks in cold.  If I knew what the wax de jour was going to be in November be I'd use it.  If I really wanted fast skis the first day, I'd rewax then.  Mostly I just ski off the parafin and whine if it isn't the right stuff for that day.

post #5 of 15

Whatever I think will work on the first day out - usually some kind of universal wax biased towards cold.

 

Sometimes I scrape, sometimes I don't; I'm not sold on the idea that it makes much difference. Frankly, I kind of like being instantly ready to go on day one.

 

I figure that if plastic waste persists in landfills for decades, my ski bases won't suffer any degradation over 6 months in a dark, (relatively) cool, dry closet, even without a thick layer of wax.

post #6 of 15

Since temperatures during summer are high, you will need wax for warm conditions :D

Ok seriously... any wax is good as storage/transport wax. Sure high fluoro waxes are better, but I don't really see reason for normal people (not racers) to do this. When I was still in skiing (as skier or later as serviceman for our national team) I used pretty much only high fluoro waxes even as transport wax. But it's "a bit" different if you get them for free, or if you pay them with your own money :) Not to mention it makes difference only when 0.1sec will make you winner or fifth placed guy, not when only difference of 10sec will be 5 people before or after you in queue line on ski lift :)

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Originally Posted by alexzn View Post

What's your recipe for the summer wax?  In the past I'd iron on regular wax on my skis after the last day and just didn't scrape until December.  If is this is folly, can you tell me the proper way?   Thanks.  

 

P.S. It makes me sad just asking that question- the season is over for me...

  

^^^That's what I do with skis.  As for other toys.

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post #9 of 15

Are there different waxes depending on the water temperature?

post #10 of 15
Typically for summer storage I use base prep or whatever universal wax I have left over. Before skiing however I do not heat up the wax. I scrape it off and then apply another layer of wax to hot scrape. You would be surprised at the dirt that will come out of your skis after storage. Also I hot scrape them before storage. Hot scraping the skis right off the get go can get a lot of dirt into the bases. But I am picky.
post #11 of 15
I usually get my anus bleached once or twi... wait. nvm. (for those of you who haven't seen Bruno, go see it)


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Originally Posted by primoz View Post

Since temperatures during summer are high, you will need wax for warm conditions :D

Ok seriously... any wax is good as storage/transport wax. Sure high fluoro waxes are better, but I don't really see reason for normal people (not racers) to do this. When I was still in skiing (as skier or later as serviceman for our national team) I used pretty much only high fluoro waxes even as transport wax. But it's "a bit" different if you get them for free, or if you pay them with your own money :) Not to mention it makes difference only when 0.1sec will make you winner or fifth placed guy, not when only difference of 10sec will be 5 people before or after you in queue line on ski lift :)


Fluoros are evil to use as storage wax... thats like 10x worse than leaving old fluoros in your bases and not hotscraping them out. Where is Muleski when ya need him?
post #12 of 15
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Originally Posted by Rise To The Top View Post
Fluoros are evil to use as storage wax... thats like 10x worse than leaving old fluoros in your bases and not hotscraping them out. Where is Muleski when ya need him?

We went through my experiences as ex-World Cup technician in another thread already, and I'm not going through this again. So if you think I'm wrong, I won't argue with that ;)
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  Mostly I just ski off the parafin and whine if it isn't the right stuff for that day.



post #14 of 15

Use cheap hyrdocarbon as you want to use a lot. Scraping and rewaxing for skiing, is an option. I just scrape.

Hell, around here day 1 is just the white ribbon of death. Any wax will do.

MR
post #15 of 15
 since I'm still skiing over the summer, my recipe (which has worked out well for me on corn, runneled ice, and sun cups) has been as such:

First coat: One Ball Jay all-temp Soybean wax dripped along the edges. Purl all-natural all-temp (purple) dripped down the middle. Iron, set in the sun for a day to bake, scrape that night. 

Second coat: Either Purl all-natural spring (Yellow) or a mixture of their "race" waxes - White (high humidity spring) and Orange (all-temp spring). White along the edges, orange down the middle, iron, bake, scrape.

The last two trips I've just been using the OBJ, purple Purl for the base coat and then the Purl yellow for the second coat and it's been working quite well.
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