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Remove bindings before hotboxing? Yes or No?

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
Just wanted to get some opinions on if it is necessary to remove ski bindings prior to hotboxing.  The concern I have heard is that you can melt/liquify the grease out of your bindings which of course would not be good.  Assuming a hotbox temp of 125 to 135 degrees F, will it really melt the grease out of the bindings?  Are there any other concerns with leaving the bindings on during hotboxing?

I only hotbox the skis once a season or after a base grind, but with 3 racers in the house it takes a lot of time to remove and replace all those bindings. 

I doubt if there is much benefit to hotboxing more than 1x season since the skis are being hot waxed a couple times/wk during the racing season.

Any advice?
post #2 of 14
I usually take the bindings off of my skis, mainly due to the fact that it is easier to put multiple pairs in without bindings and the fact that heat can cause damage to plastics over time. I use Markers though, so taking them on and off takes no more than a minute per pair.
post #3 of 14
Thread Starter 
The hot box is big so I can get 6 pair in at a time.  Most all our skis are Marker bindings on race plates, but it is still quite an effort.  I have stripped a hole in the race plate before so just another reason to avoid removal if possible (or maybe don't have as many beers while workin the skis).
post #4 of 14
I've hotboxed many different bindings at 150F for 4 hours & there's been absolutely no movement in the grease deposits.
post #5 of 14
The guy who sells me my Atomics says don't hotbox with the bindings on, for the reasons listed above.  It's real easy to pull Atomic bindings, so this is what I do when I hotbox...

post #6 of 14
If the hot box has no ill effect on the topsheet then why would it affect the binding?  My guess is that UV eposure skis get on the roof of a car are more damaging than the heat exposure in properly regulated hot box.

-Z
post #7 of 14
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Originally Posted by SkiRacer55 View Post

The guy who sells me my Atomics says don't hotbox with the bindings on, for the reasons listed above.  It's real easy to pull Atomic bindings, so this is what I do when I hotbox...


Better take the bindings off before you leave them in the car on a sunny day too.
post #8 of 14
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Better take the bindings off before you leave them in the car on a sunny day too.

Atomic bindings break even without exposure to excessive heat or sunlight...  Probably best not to take any chances!!
post #9 of 14
... step 1) carefully remove Atomic binding.
    step 2) gently deposit binding in trash
    step 3) hotbox
    step 4) mount a 'proper' binding.
post #10 of 14
 I've never removed bindings for hot boxing

+1 on UV rays... watch out for those
post #11 of 14
Be sure to use sunscreen on your top sheets whether the skis are under hot box lights or in sunlight! Hot boxes are worse than tanning booths, BTW.
post #12 of 14
Thread Starter 
No real consensus on this thread.  I am going to hot box a pair with the bindings on and inspect the grease very closely.  If 135 degree heat doesn't do anything to the grease, I find it hard to believe it will damage the binding in any way.
post #13 of 14
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Originally Posted by Basement Ski Tech View Post
(or maybe don't have as many beers while workin the skis).

Now you're just talking crazy.
post #14 of 14
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Originally Posted by U.P. Racer View Post




Atomic bindings break even without exposure to excessive heat or sunlight...  Probably best not to take any chances!!
 
hilarious for high truth content.

was installing some brand new 614s the other day. (with a rubber mallet, as per usual.)  mused to the guy next to me that these things sucked ten years ago.  he shot back that they sucked twenty years ago...with a different brand name.
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