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worried about my skis

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
a couple months ago, i got brand new skis, the Volkl Bridge. I absolutely love them.

I've only took them out 3 times, since i live in northern jersey and everything is really far. I have also messed around with them in my backyard.

Already they have several scratches around the edges on the top as a result of one edge of the ski digging into the other whilst landing badly or falling. I'm worried such scratches will be detrimental to the skis and how they ride.

Here are some images of what i mean:


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As you can see, a little bit of the graphic is coming off/peeling




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And here a considerable portion has come off already.

There are several more similar "scratches" (idk what to call them) on towards the back of the skis as well


Thanks for your thoughts!
post #2 of 10
That's not that bad...Eventually your skis will get scratched and beat up.

Besides its the top sheet it doesn't really matter. It should not effect the skis riding capabilities at all. Even scratches or gouges on the base of the ski wouldn't effect how it skis.
 

Hope this helps
post #3 of 10
Those look like they are just chips.   The topsheet on most models has little structural importance.  A deep crack in the sidewall might be more serious.
post #4 of 10
Thread Starter 
thanks thats good news. and just to be prudent, as it will eventually happen, how serious would a sidewall crack be? and how deep would it have to be to resort to needing repairs or new skis? what damage in general would a ski shop be required?
post #5 of 10
Don't sweat the damage to the topsheets; look after the bases and edges.
post #6 of 10
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Originally Posted by owned View Post

thanks thats good news. and just to be prudent, as it will eventually happen, how serious would a sidewall crack be? and how deep would it have to be to resort to needing repairs or new skis? what damage in general would a ski shop be required?
I wouldn't worry unless it is deep enough for moisture to get to the wood core and make it swell (if that ski has a wood core).  Otherwise the structural sidewall damage would probably be pretty obvious (say more than a 1/4 inch deep down and a half inch in from the side)  to compromise the integrity of the ski
post #7 of 10
Nothing to worry about....if you can see wood use 5 min epoxy.
post #8 of 10

Gouges that permeate one layer of material into the next are cause for concern as water can penetrate and cause delamination. So if you can see through the gouge to the next layer, fill it. On the top sheet epoxy works well. I use 1 hour set as it is more flexible when cured than 5 minute epoxy. On the base, if the ski is a beater, I use epoxy. If it is a better ski, I'll epoxy, leaving enough room for ptex once the epoxy has cured.

Gouges on the base will affect your ski. Especially if the gouged out material is still connected to the base. It acts like a skeg or rudder on your ski and will cause it to track in the direction of the gouge. It will also create drag. Trim off excess and fill the gouge as needed. A field repair could involve using one skis edge as a scraper to remove the excess material from the other ski.

post #9 of 10
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Originally Posted by MastersRacer View Post

Gouges that permeate one layer of material into the next are cause for concern as water can penetrate and cause delamination. So if you can see through the gouge to the next layer, fill it. On the top sheet epoxy works well. I use 1 hour set as it is more flexible when cured than 5 minute epoxy. On the base, if the ski is a beater, I use epoxy. If it is a better ski, I'll epoxy, leaving enough room for ptex once the epoxy has cured.

Gouges on the base will affect your ski. Especially if the gouged out material is still connected to the base. It acts like a skeg or rudder on your ski and will cause it to track in the direction of the gouge. It will also create drag. Trim off excess and fill the gouge as needed. A field repair could involve using one skis edge as a scraper to remove the excess material from the other ski.


 Exactly...when I said gouges wouldn't affect a skis performance I didn't mean they wouldn't affect it at all. What I meant were surface gouges wont affect performance of a ski(Unless you race they will cause drag). Deep gouges that are down to the core should be immediately fixed.
 

post #10 of 10
This one happened about the fourth day out on these skis.  I gooped some 2 part epoxy on it and haven't had a problem... going on 25 years later

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Looks wicked don't it?

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