Originally Posted by guroo270
I hate to jump in and identify myself as a newbie to taking care of my own stuff, but I would really like to get into prepping my fiance's and my gear, so what would you guys recommend as the necessities for waxing at home? Keeping cost low is a bonus. A simple list will do so i can order online as i do not live too close to any good ski shops. Even the REI here has NOTHING for skiing.
OK, here is a cheap way to do waxing:
1) Buy some shop (all temperature) wax. At AR Ski Tech you can get 250 grams (it will last for years) of TOKO all-temp wax for $10. Cheap. And it will work in most conditions just fine. See:http://www.artechski.com/tokobaseprepandshopwax.aspx
2) Get a cheap iron for maybe $12 at your local Walmat or whatever store. Heat it until the wax drips and irons in without smoking. If it is smoking a lot it is probably way too hot and will cause damage to your bases.
3) Get a rag from your old torn shirts and wipe the wax out of the holes in your hot iron (to clean it) whenever you are using something other than your universal wax, or in addition to your universal wax (like in spring conditions). It is free.
4) Buy a quality scraper from anywhere for $4 or so.
5) You will need a brush if your skis have a textured base. These sintered, textured bases work better when waxed. To get the maximum effect you need to brush out the wax from the grooves in the base. $10 or so for the brush.
6) Use some old newspapers, so you don't drip all that wax onto the kitchen floor in your apartment. The old newspapers are free.
7) Find or buy something to hold the ski brakes back when you are waxing. Brake holders cost maybe $1-$2. You can always find something for free that will also work.
Yeah, I got a fancy Holmenkol iron, a ski vice and all kinds of stuff in the garage. But you don't need it for basic waxing when the idea is to save money...