I'm trying to keep it to the soft waxes and have been waxing them at least once a week since October. I really don't want to mess with the cold waxes since it is such a bear to get off. Red and yellow is fine. I figure always having fresh wax is more important than struggling to get the perfect wax. I'm going to be tuning often and I'm trying to cut the time since I work full time and have so many skis/boards to do. I also have a messed up shoulder and too much scraping and brushing irritates it. Just the motion and position - not the pressure.
The snowboards I'm not overly concerned about since two of the boards I'm taking care of, haven't seen wax in TWO YEARS even though they were used regularly. The 3rd one is my sons and he is just out there screwing around with his friends (owner of other two boards) and having fun. It isn't about speed for any of them. So the boards will probably get done once a week or once every other week.
From what I've read so far on the roto's and applying primoz's wise words, my plan is:
Polish side edges
Lightly brass brush (by hand)
crayon & drip soft wax
cool down (code for drink a beer)
I'll do this to all the skis I'm working on and probably the next morning or after the last set has wax on it, complete the wax removal starting with the first pair and this is where my questions come in. I usually:
brass brush x3
nylon brush x10
horse hair brush x 10-15
might even use a felt pad
I plan on changing this to:
brass brush x3
roto nylon brush
roto horse hair brush?
My confusion is that sometimes the description of the roto horse hair brush is "first brush after hot waxing" or "for final brushing" or "for use after flouro..." I'm guessing the difference is in the length of the bristle/density. I can't figure it out.
So what roto brushes should I get? Which of what type? What order to do them in? Should it be two different nylons and no horse hair? My objective is well maintained ski that are rec skiing fast; not Master's or WC fast.
I don't think the snowboards will see anything but parafin wax and I'm going to show the boys (college age) how to do them. So I think I can bypass getting the extra long roto handle and brushes.
I appreciate your help on this,
Hope you are enjoying Thanksgiving,