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Ridding gear of late season grit...

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

I'm ashamed to say that I marred my euphoric end of the season skiing by going one last day at Boyne with friends.

The skiing was marginal at best, although the friends and social atmosphere were exemplary as you would imagine.  However...ARGH!.......This left my gear with that grit and grime that is not always easy to get rid of.

 

I gently washed the skis and bindings with a garden hose and some soapy water, but it seemed that the movements of the binding pieces still had that ugly gritty sound.

 

This was more noticeable with my Vist Bindings than the others,which needed some more extensive cleaning including partial disassembly and use of high pressure air.

 

What is your magic to getting rid of the ugly late season grit? 

post #2 of 11

 Come on TC, this should be an easy one for you.  Just get ride of the gritty gear and buy new skis

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What is your magic to getting rid of the ugly late season grit? 

 

post #3 of 11

Take them to the car wash?  Next year remember that ski gear is also seasonal.  No white dress shoes after labor day.  Rock skis only after March.

post #4 of 11
Thread Starter 

As frequently as I turn over my ski gear, I really don't have rock skis. 

 

post #5 of 11

TC,

My lesson learned from this thread is don't take Vist bindings with the moveable toe/heal out in gritty conditions. Just too many working parts which is a concern I have with them over the long haul.

Simple soap does not cut the oily residue from late skiing so I've used degreasers like Simple Green.

 

My sympathies for not having Rock Skis.

post #6 of 11

 

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Simple soap does not cut the oily residue from late skiing so I've used degreasers like Simple Green.

 

 

95% certain that simple green is corrosive...

post #7 of 11

It certainly is if you leave it on long enough.  But it is OK to clean with and wash off.  I use it for bike parts all the time, but I don't let them soak in it for more than a few minutes. 

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95% certain that simple green is corrosive...

 

post #8 of 11

 

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It certainly is if you leave it on long enough.  But it is OK to clean with and wash off.  I use it for bike parts all the time, but I don't let them soak in it for more than a few minutes. 

 

 

Now I remember where I read that. Someone, somewhere suggested soaking a chain in Simple Green to clean it.

post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 

 I successfully got rid of the greasy grime with mild dish soap and water, but it was the gritty sound in the vist plate that concerned me, which was taken care of with the blow nozzle of an air compressor.

 

Livingproof, I think that proper care of a vist binding is actually quite easy since the design is so simple and brilliant.  I am quite impressed with how easy it was to clean.

 

 

post #10 of 11

Dang, does that mean no new skis next year 

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 I successfully got rid of the greasy grime with mild dish soap and water, but it was the gritty sound in the vist plate that concerned me, which was taken care of with the blow nozzle of an air compressor.

 

Livingproof, I think that proper care of a vist binding is actually quite easy since the design is so simple and brilliant.  I am quite impressed with how easy it was to clean.

 

 

 

post #11 of 11
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Dang, does that mean no new skis next year 

 

 

Don't hurt yourself, jumping to that big conclusion. 

 

Perhaps you missed this thread...

http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/83730/not-just-another-mounting-a-goat-thread

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