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newbie to tuning/waxing etc....any good comprehensive kits out there that are 'dummy friendly'?

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 

one ski retailers suggested I look into tuning my own skis if i'm to be on the slopes 10-12x/month (to save $$ too)...seems that there are alot of files, stones etc out there...I don't know squat about which angle to use if I were to buy a kit, let alone which files/stones to use, etc

 

any good 'all in one' tuning kit any of you could point me to, please that is fun, informative and leaves me room to grow my knowledge base?

post #2 of 9

I'm in the same situation here.  Settled for an iron, a scraper, a brush and some waxes as a start.

post #3 of 9

An iron without holes, a plastic scraper and a nylon brush are probably all you need if you ski in snow most of the time.  Sharp edges are needed if you ski hardpack. 

 

Just drip a drops of wax on you skis from the iron along the whole ski base, then run the iron along to remelt and spread the wax, keep iron moving so as not to overheat any one spot, if wax smokes, iron is too hot.  If wax doesn't remelt iron is too cold.  Let the wax cool right down. Scrape off as much wax as you can with scraper, brush to expose structure and your good to go.

 

For the longest time I was afraid to sharpen edges, but if you get a good edge guide, it's easy.  Clean bases, sharpen edges, wax, scrape, brush, ski.

 

some ideas on what you might want to get.

 

http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/60865/the-utterly-shameless-extroverted-show-off-your-tuning-set-up-picture-thread

post #4 of 9

What Ghost said.

 

If you do a few searches at this site you get more info than you could possibly use.  There are also helpful videos at the sites of SlideWright and Racewax.

 

I wouldn't bother with files for now but would get a couple of different grit DMT stones to keep your edges bur free.

 

Whatever you do, don't ask what the best way is to sharpen a scraper! 

 

Remember - heat is an enemy of the skis so you have to be careful like when ironing silk.  You can do it but need to do it correctly and pay attention.

 

Stay away from the cold waxes until you get good at waxing in general (PITA).  Don't really need cold waxes unless you're racing or just like going really fast.

 

Have fun,

Ken

post #5 of 9

 

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Originally Posted by Ghost View Post
For the longest time I was afraid to sharpen edges, but if you get a good edge guide, it's easy.

Ghost, this may have helped you:

 

 

Canali. You are asking Frequently Asked Questions and there are countless threads in this forum and Wikis. Our tuning tip section also has lots of information to help you get started.

 

You need to start somewhere and spend some time reading, viewing, absorbing and take the first few steps. Don't be afraid to make mistakes and ask questions, or you won't progress. It gets easier over time.....and is far easier than you'd think and very gratifying, to learn how to take care of your boards.

 

Here are tuning kits and combos we carry.

post #6 of 9
Thread Starter 

many thanks to all who replied!

 

just found this out too: a ski tuning class (did a google search afterwords in my area of vancouver)

cost $28 on for tonight...might check it out.

http://www.vanski.ca/clinics.php

 

UPDATE>>>> just called the clinic above...was told the  most expensive part is the rig (vice?)

to hold the skis in place ($100-$200+) and that it'd be too much of a pain to do tuning without it...

true?

 

...co


Edited by canali - 11/9/10 at 2:04pm
post #7 of 9

Vises make the job easy for sure and if you search the forum you will find several links to homemade versions people made for little money.  However, they can be much cheaper than $100.  I sell two types for about $60 that will do the job well.

post #8 of 9

If you already have a workbench you can use and want to get into waxing and basic maintenance/repairs then an 8' long 4x4 costs around $2 

 

Cut a length to go under the ski at each end of the binding and voila! a basic waxing bench.

 

If you want to get into edge tuning then a $60 vice is worth every penny.

post #9 of 9

The thing about ski tunning is that it isn't an exact science.  Just as long as you get the result you're looking for.

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