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Anyone ever use a hotel hairdryer to slightly warm ski bases after chalking on wax and before corking?

 
Just trying to think of an easy way to get and keep some wax on the skis during the Spring Break ski trip.  The trip I took over Xmas vacation, I was using the hotel iron wrapped with a wash cloth to warm the skis after chalking on Swix F4.  After 3 days of opening to closing skiing my bases were abused - on a fresh hot wax from the local ski shop.  I’ve since found that my skiing and my skis benefit immensely from home tuning and waxing, so I'm searching for hotel room waxing techniques.

post #2 of 15
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Originally Posted by bugs View Post

Anyone ever use a hotel hairdryer to slightly warm ski bases after chalking on wax and before corking?

 


IME it doesn't give any better  absorption results than corking by itself and  puts a fair bit of dust/lint/hairs on the bases.  


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Originally Posted by bugs View Post  The trip I took over Xmas vacation, I was using the hotel iron wrapped with a wash cloth to warm the skis after chalking on Swix F4. 

You sound young and fit.    Why not just cork and brush?    Corking works amazingly well, unless you've got a really coarse linear structure.
post #3 of 15
When our team heads to hotels for races we take full tuning sets.  Wax irons, full brush sets, scrapers, the whole deal.  The hotel cleaners hate it.
But I wouldn't use the hotel dryer.  Worst case: bring some rub on all temp glide wax, 10 bucks at a ski shop, and bring your scraper and brush.  You can just use rub on wax the scrape it off and brush them down.  Not perfect but as long as your not racing you shouldn't feel such a huge difference.
post #4 of 15
Thread Starter 
Ok, so the hotel hair dryer isn't such a great Idea, but I had to ask. 

In lieu of hot-waxing I'll perform the following ritual after a day or two on the slopes of Summit county.  I know, I know... either I'm spoiled skiing on nicely waxed skis or I'm turning into ski waxing wonk (probably both).

1.  Brass brush to open up structure
2.  Chalk on a medium amount of Swix F4
3.  Cork it to the best of my ability
4.  Scrape off the excess
5.  Blue nylon brush
post #5 of 15
why not just use the hotel iron and some hot wax?  Just make sure you clean off the wax while the iron is warm!

One other tip - get a plastic shower curtain liner - about $4 - and use that to cover the area
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Originally Posted by bugs View Post

1.  Brass brush to open up structure
2.  Chalk on a medium amount of Swix F4
3.  Cork it to the best of my ability
4.  Scrape off the excess
5.  Blue nylon brush


#4  is redundant.   

In  order to have enough wax on the ski to scrape it, you would have put on way too much in step #2 

and that would have made step #3 impossible because the excess wax clogs the cork and kills the friction needed for  it to work properly.
post #7 of 15
Thread Starter 
And so it goes...  you learn something new everyday.
post #8 of 15
  Have you tried corking a ski yet?  

It can be somewhat amusing to practice while at home...as a drinking and spectating sport.
post #9 of 15
Get a quick edge and wax at the shop, you cheapo!

Or get the liquid wipe on shwag.  You aint racin. 
post #10 of 15
Thread Starter 
I'm more inclined to get quick hot wax at a shop than have them butcher my edges.  My skis ride much better after my tender touches with a edge guide.
post #11 of 15
 ray's way waxwhizard is so much better than corking (or hotel hair dryers for that matter)
post #12 of 15
Just buy an iron. I started waxing my own skis to save money, and to have them ready when I needed them. It takes no time at all really
post #13 of 15
Purchase an iron at a second hand store for $5 or $6. Iron in some wax and if you are not racing, then that's it . Let the first 50 feet of the first run scrape and polish your skis. Some ski resort hotels don't let you bring skis to the room so good luck.
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 ray's way waxwhizard is so much better than corking (or hotel hair dryers for that matter)

+ 1  
post #15 of 15
spend the 40 bucks for an appropriate iron. Nothing like using a 5 dollar clothes iron and burning the bases on your thousand dollar boards. I travel with a little kit and a mini shark vacuum to clean up afterward. Kind of geeky but i like tuning my skis
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