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Waxing New Skis

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
I'm getting Elan Magfire 78ti's delivered this Wednesday and I am going skiing on Friday.  I've read that new skis need to be waxed as much as possible before taking them out.  Realistically, I will only be able to wax them Wednesday and Thursday night before heading to the mountain.  My question is, do I need to scrape off the wax on Wednesday before I wax again on Thursday?

Also, is there anything else I should do with these new skis before taking them out?  I understand the factory tune is 1/2 which I've been using on my old skis and will continue to use for this trip.

Thanks in advance.
post #2 of 13
Race skis need to be waxed lots before being used. Race skis need to be as fast as possible, thus the repeated, long and laborious process of waxing, scraping and brushing repeatedly before they are 'ready'.

A couple days with wax on them is more than enough for recreational skis. Wax them with a soft wax to start, then scrape while the wax is still warm. Do this a couple or three times with about 30 minutes in between to prevent them getting too hot. Then put on a general purpose wax like a toko red system 3. Let them sit until the next day. Then scrape and wax one more time, or not! The key thing is to wax them after 8 - 16 hours of use to maintain the bases.

The factory tune is probably going to be fine. Before you wax, just check that it is smooth, without any burrs from poor tuning or mis-handling.
post #3 of 13
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Originally Posted by hespeler View Post

Also, is there anything else I should do with these new skis before taking them out?

No.

Eyeball check the edges then get some sleep, you'll ski better
post #4 of 13
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the responses.  Unfortunately, I only have Dakine Indy wax, Dakine Octane wax, and some Wick's wax 2.0 right now.  I don't have any shops around here that have a good wax selection and probably won't get it delivered on time if I order on-line.  Would it make a significant difference if I used a soft wax for the first time?

Thanks again.
post #5 of 13

I'm not familiar with the wax you mention, but any hot wax is better than no wax. Wax protects the base and improves glide.

 

post #6 of 13
Thread Starter 
They're all hot waxes.  The Indy wax has the highest flouro content of all three so I will use that one last.  Thanks!
post #7 of 13
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Originally Posted by hespeler View Post
 Would it make a significant difference if I used a soft wax for the first time?

Thanks again.

How did it go?   Any trip report?
post #8 of 13
Thread Starter 
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How did it go?   Any trip report?

 

Just got the skis delivered today and am hot scraping them now.  Was able to get my hands on some Toko base prep wax.  I am supposed to ski this Friday and maybe Saturday but it's not looking too good because we're supposed to get soaking rain here in the NE over the next few days.  I am really hoping that I can swing a day trip to Hunter next week.  I'll report back as soon as I hit the mountain.  Thanks for following-up!
post #9 of 13
Get the Swix alpine wax manual; it tells how to race-prep new skis.  Get it and much other stuff at www.tognar.com.  Do the steps they suggest and your skis will fly!
post #10 of 13
Race ski prep is overkill for recreation skis.
post #11 of 13
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Race ski prep is overkill for recreation skis.

True that! People get a little overkill. 
post #12 of 13
<----Overkiller....all my skis, even the rock skis are prepped as if I was to compete in the Olympics.  Cuz, ya never know when you might have to open up a can of whoop ass.
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