Ryel, I don't think it will damage the bases if you applied it once, especially on top of hot wax. Probably, in your case even if any of the distillate stayed on the bases, it partially dissolved the underlying wax and came off with it. The distillate is used as a carrier because it evaporates quickly, even at low witner and spring temperatures, and leaves the surface layer of the glide enhancer ("wax"). At the same time, it helps bonding the "wax" with the base by dissolving a monomolecular layer of the Ptex (a typical base will last you probably a thousand applications or more before you start seeing the difference). I wouldn't worry, but I woudn't abuse it either.
For me, the best thing against wet snow is textured bases and a liquid "wax" on top of bare (wax-free) bases. This season, I've been using ZARDOZ NotWax and TOKO liquid racing fluoro wax. To make it last a full day, I applied some direct heat with a waxing iron (fairly low temp - 130 or 140 degrees - just to make the base luke warm while moving the iron REALLY SLOW). The only problem with the TOKO was that I had to let the alcohol-based solvent evaporate before I applied the heat. A hair dryer worked too, but not as long as iron. I used iron with ZARDOZ too.
My reasoning behind it is you really nead those grooves that the texture provides you with: they break up the water and prevent it from "sucking" your bases, but hot wax plugs them.
[ April 02, 2003, 12:39 AM: Message edited by: AlexG ]