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*** Keeping the edges RUST FREE in the off season? What do you do? ***

post #1 of 13
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    You all have seen it, and it's a well known fact that High Carbon Steel (or whatever the manufacturers choose) gets surface rust in a matter of moments if not stored in a vacuum.   Some of us are fortunate enought to store our skis in a vacuum. 
    I usually tune my skis up and the end of the season to keep em nice and sealed all summer so they don't dry the base out, BUT then I end up having rusty edges come the next season.

    I've debated on coating them with petroleum jelly (vaseline). or even putting them in a air tight bag with dessicant in a sock in the bag but have tried neither.  This topic just came to mind as I go to drop my sharks off to be adjusted to my new dragon100s. 

 

So the begging question is this:

 

   What ideas have you come up with to keep your skis edges minty fresh after the season?

post #2 of 13

Really easy solution for this is to wax them on the end of season. Don't scrap wax off and edges are "protected" by this wax. In all these years, and with 100s of skis I never had problem with rust on beginning of next year. ;)

post #3 of 13

The problem in the east is high humidity. I lived there for 40 years until 2000. Pretty much no matter what, I got a little rust on the edges. Don't store in the basement. Don't store in a cool dark place. You need ventilation and warmth. Up to 110 degrees is fine, so a spot in your garage near the roof or ceiling might help.

 

Now that I live in CO at 9751 ft, I don't have that problem. My skis are in the garage, second floor where I have a window open and a fan that draws air out another window because the heat is unbearable up there without it. With the mechanical cooling I don't exceed 100 degrees, and the edges are clean and rust free.

post #4 of 13

You can indeed coat the edges with wax, but in my experience, that's not infallible. Regardless, it definitely does help to tune your skis before you put them away at the end of the season, since it cleans away any salt, etc. that might help contribute to rust.

 

I think the real trick is to find someplace that's dry and reasonably well ventilated, because you're trying to avoid condensation. As an apartment dweller, I don't have many choices other than everyone's bedroom closets (my wife does not appreciate skis as wall art). As long as I keep them away from any pipes, there's never a rust problem.

post #5 of 13

I believe a well honed edge is less likely to rust than a nicked, rough one. Definitely sharpen, polish and deburr, then wax before putting them to bed in a ventilated, low humidity area.

 

Then come game time, simple scrape wax and go. Maybe a little love with a gummi stone will be all that is needed to remove some light rust, if any.

 

Having been living away from high humidity for a couple eons, rust has been a non-issue, however, compared to my ill spent youth. 

post #6 of 13
Thread Starter 

I agree, a good end of season tune is the best way.  I usually do this.   But for some reason this year, the edges are rusty, REALLY RUSTY.  I brought them over to the local shop to run them through again, but I'm not going to tune twice a year unless I'm on the snow for 100 days that season.

 

I need to figure something out that will protect the edges from rust, and help get longer timespans between unnecessary tunes.  It really doesn't help that the full fledge piste skis are softer steel than other all mountain skis.. 

post #7 of 13

As Alpinord said, just a gummi stone will get rid of most rust. If your skis became rusty to the point of being pitted and needing a grind, you are likely storing them in a poor environment. If you can't change the environment you keep your skis in, I'd suggest changing to getting a grind at the beginning of each season, not the end. You could then simply debur and wax your skis at the end of the season to get them ready for storage. If they are going to rust badly grind once in the fall as grinding in the spring isn't helping and you are going to run out of ski quickly with 2 grinds a year.

post #8 of 13

One application of Zardoz (liquid Teflon) for spring conditions has kept my edges rust-free. 

post #9 of 13

Finish skiing on last day of year...hang skis in rack at condo...take down first of next year and go...

post #10 of 13

USASkiDawg, You and I are lucky to live and ski where the humidity is low. 50% humidity to us is oppressive. Back east it is a fine dry day!

 

Today in Breck 71 F and 16 % humidity.

 

Today in my town of birth, North Conway, NH, 64 F and 61 % humidity. It tough to keep anything fresh and rust free back east.

post #11 of 13

Mracer, have to disagree.  I heard Channel 9 weather in Denver label 43% "rather high humidity" several months ago-- guess by that standard 50% is horrible, not just oppressive. 

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Mracer, have to disagree.  I heard Channel 9 weather in Denver label 43% "rather high humidity" several months ago-- guess by that standard 50% is horrible, not just oppressive. 

 

This is true. If it gets that high, I start planning suicide.
 

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I didn't figure they would believe me east of the Missisippi so I stretched our Rocky Mountain comfort scale a bit.

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