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How To Get Scratches Out of Top Sheet?

post #1 of 11
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Does anyone have a method (or a theory) on how to buff out and refinish the scratches that accumulate on the topsheet of skis?

I am selling a couple pair of skis that are still very good skis (bases and edges still in wonderful shape) but would like to try to make them look nicer. Is there a way to do this?
post #2 of 11
Not to rag on you, but most people who buy skis will be more concerned with the bases than the topsheets.

Nevertheless, I hear just plain old soap and water can do the trick (just don't get any in the bindings!) as well as household cleaners.
post #3 of 11
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Originally posted by MidWestSkier:
Does anyone have a method (or a theory) on how to buff out
Scotchbrite pads, finishing with fiberlene (non abrasive), or actual furniture pads such as available from Tognar or your local woodworking shop. Start with the red grade, finish with white. Wipe sanding dust off with wet rag and tack cloth.

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and refinish the scratches that accumulate on the topsheet of skis?
Short of proper Araldite, use a super-thin spray coat of outdoor grade clear polyurethane (it needs the UV protectants). Polish it in immediately with the white polish pad. Wipe off excess. (Practice with the spray first and keep it thin-thin!)

The scratches will still be visible (you will not be able to make it look like a new ski without a table-mounted buffing wheel) but won't be unsightly.
post #4 of 11
I also have some old anti-tip-crossing guards somewhere downstairs, help you out in the future?

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post #5 of 11
Theory is to ski with a wider stance and avoid having other step on your skis to prevent scratches. Easiest way to get rid of them is sell the skis and buy new ones.
post #6 of 11
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Originally posted by BetaRacer:
Theory is to ski with a wider stance and avoid having other step on your skis to prevent scratches. Easiest way to get rid of them is sell the skis and buy new ones.
Yeppers, I agree. Unfortunately, when I am in a hurry getting a toboggan out of the shed to take to an injured skier, I am more concerned about being quick and getting to the injured skier than I am about my topsheets. As a result I have run the toboggan runners over my top sheets, as well as had people run into my ski's when I have them crossed up-hill of an accident, etc. Also have had small children step on them or ski over them after I have helped them up, etc.

I put the clear heavy protective tape that they use on Demo Skis on my new skis to try tp mitigate some of the damage.

Thanks for the suggestion Comprex. I realize that most people who know what they are looking for are going to look at edges and bases. At the ski swap though, at least half the people are just looking for a pretty ski at a good price. I was just trying to up my chances of getting my asking price.
post #7 of 11
By MidWestSkier:
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At the ski swap though, at least half the people are just looking for a pretty ski at a good price. I was just trying to up my chances of getting my asking price.
I tend to agree. Cosmetics have a lot to do with buying decisions or the companies would not spend so much time and $'s on the graphics. The condition of the topskin, I beleive, has a fair amount to do with "pre-owned" ski buying decisions as well.

Like most folks, I have to buy my skis as opposed to of having them supplied and regularly replaced as is the case of elite skiers, pros, and so forth who are understandably more concerned with the condidion of their ski's bases. I take care of them when new by applying "Ski-Saver" tape from Tognar. I apply it to tails from a few inches behind the binding backward and trim off the excess with an X-acto knife. Strips can also be applied along the sides from the binding forward towards the tip.

Assuming that the skier isn't crossing his or her ski tips most damage (except probably for instructors) is of the liftline variety. My skis have been run over by out of control skiers/boarders as they attempt to slow entering the lift line maze, run over on the slopes on occasion, and been the victim of a boarder who tried to jump up and down on his board in the liftline and came down on them(why do boarders feel compelled to do this jumping thing in the liftline anyway : ).

The Ski Saver tape really works well. It may not solve your immediate problem but will help a lot with your next pair of skis.

I'm admittedly anal about it. Scratches n my skis bother me like dimples on the sides of my car caused by careless door openers of cars in neighboring stalls. I repair those when they start to accumulate.

My bigger problem is that I can't bear to throw my old skis (that still look look new [img]smile.gif[/img] away). One day I will figure out something to do with them other than making them into a chair.

You know it must be April when we start discussing topskin issues.
post #8 of 11
Seriously, there really isn't that much that can be done to restore the tops. The top cap or sheet has a base colour which can be smoothed down, but the surface applied graphics will disappear in the sanding process. Autobody filler and an airbrush could replicate the original finish, but the time and effort would be pretty high.
post #9 of 11
You're right, BetaRacer; the procedure I set above is more of a decent make-up on a lady of a certain age. Somewhat like waxing a car with scratches in the paint: you'll make it look nicer but the scratch is still there.

You might think there's any number of things that would do that, but Armor All and similar products have a disturbing tendency to oxidize and haze over when applied over polyurethane. Car _wax_ type products are mostly out, most of the ones I've tried clump up under the polish pad, like a bad wax job on a dirty XC ski. Acrylic and vinyl- based sprays are huge unknowns- you might luck out with adhesion and flex matching or you might not. So- clear polyurethane.
post #10 of 11
super top secret: use future brand floor polish on any synthetic surface to get rid of scratches (read the directions)
that is an old plastic modeller trick for getting scrathes out of aircraft canopies
post #11 of 11
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Sure can't hurt any, I'll give it a try ejc!
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