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Are there any tricks or special techniques for roto-brushing?

 

I've been waxing and tuning my skis for several years now, but because of the number of skis in the family's quiver, I bought a roto-brush kit (I won't be using it on the race skis)?

 

Thanks

post #2 of 7

Try Slidewright's website, one or two good videos.

I use 20cm shafts, so you can have two different brushes

at the ready.  Also you can switch out to a single 20cm

brush for snowboards and extra wides.

Initially was using cordless drills (have lots)

But this season will switch to corded....with

a lot of boards you would be switching out batteries

a good bit.

post #3 of 7

Keep the rpms down.  I think with the brass brush it is supposed to be no more than 800 rpms. 

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Originally Posted by SkiNut View Post

Are there any tricks or special techniques for roto-brushing?

 

I've been waxing and tuning my skis for several years now, but because of the number of skis in the family's quiver, I bought a roto-brush kit (I won't be using it on the race skis)?

 

Thanks

 

Why not use a roto brush on race skis to reduce time and effort? Maybe experiment over time with one ski by hand and the other by roto brush to see if you really can tell a difference.

 

Some tips:

  • brush tip to tail
  • rotate the brush so the bottom pushes the dust towards the tail and not towrds you
  • vacuum or clean up you bench after scraping and before roto brushing to reduces the spreading of debris and wax shavings
  • use the brass or hard horsehair (even steel) to clean bases, remove old wax and freshen structure before hot waxing
  • experiment with pressure and rpms. Don't be afraid to bear down for short durations, but let common sense be your guide

 

 

Here's one weblog post on Efficient Waxing and Brushing

post #5 of 7

Also, when working the brushes, with the drill in one hand, handle in the other, maintain

an even pressure edge to edge.  This will actually be easy to SEE.

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Originally Posted by Alpinord View Post



 

Why not use a roto brush on race skis to reduce time and effort? Maybe experiment over time with one ski by hand and the other by roto brush to see if you really can tell a difference.

 

Some tips:

  • brush tip to tail
  • rotate the brush so the bottom pushes the dust towards the tail and not towrds you
  • vacuum or clean up you bench after scraping and before roto brushing to reduces the spreading of debris and wax shavings
  • use the brass or hard horsehair (even steel) to clean bases, remove old wax and freshen structure before hot waxing
  • experiment with pressure and rpms. Don't be afraid to bear down for short durations, but let common sense be your guide

 

 

Here's one weblog post on Efficient Waxing and Brushing


Agree with all above.  And roto-brushng is great for race skis - more brushing = more speed.  Just be carefull not to overheat a section of base (rpm speed, pressure, and time are the variables).  The brass and/or steel brushes are harsher, and need to be monitored carefully.  Always keep the roto-brush moving no matter what brush you are using.

 


 

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