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Bad wax job?

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

I bought new skis about 6 months ago and have not skied on them yet. I figured since they had sat for a long time without use and my trip is a little more than a week away I would go get a coat of wax on them.

 

Well when I get them back and hold them up to light, there are visible scratch/scuff/hairline marks on various parts of the bases. The scratches don't run parallel to the skis' bases, and they don't just occur in one or two areas. When I run my fingernail over them, I cannot feel the scratches, but they are definitely there. Overall, they appear to be shallow.

 

Other than that, there was one or two small streaks of wax on the bases, which I assume is excess that was not scraped off properly. Also, there was still some wax left on the edges, which I assume should have been scraped off as well. The majority of the base material seems to have absorbed wax well, as they are glossy.

 

 

This seems like a poor wax job to me. Should I take the skis back? Should I not worry about it and just ski on them? I know it may seem like I'm too worried about nothing, but these are brand new skis and I want to make sure that they are in the best condition when I first take them out.

post #2 of 12
Everything except for the scratches sounds fine. A pic would help.
post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 

Yea, I'll try and post one later today.

post #4 of 12
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Originally Posted by houstonski View Post

I bought new skis about 6 months ago and have not skied on them yet. I figured since they had sat for a long time without use and my trip is a little more than a week away I would go get a coat of wax on them.

 

Well when I get them back and hold them up to light, there are visible scratch/scuff/hairline marks on various parts of the bases. The scratches don't run parallel to the skis' bases, and they don't just occur in one or two areas. When I run my fingernail over them, I cannot feel the scratches, but they are definitely there. Overall, they appear to be shallow.

 

Other than that, there was one or two small streaks of wax on the bases, which I assume is excess that was not scraped off properly. Also, there was still some wax left on the edges, which I assume should have been scraped off as well. The majority of the base material seems to have absorbed wax well, as they are glossy.

 

 

This seems like a poor wax job to me. Should I take the skis back? Should I not worry about it and just ski on them? I know it may seem like I'm too worried about nothing, but these are brand new skis and I want to make sure that they are in the best condition when I first take them out.


Just ski them. You're overthinking this
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Where did you get them waxed?

post #5 of 12

Are you sure the scratches aren't just in the excess wax on the ski surface?

post #6 of 12

Sounds to me like whoever waxed your skis was a little sloppy and didn't scrape them thoroughly. Your first run will fix that.

 

Some wax jobs are better than others, but for the average non-racer, as long as they waxed the entire length of both skis (I once had a hill shop forget to wax one ski, don't ask me how), any wax job is a vast improvement. There's almost no such thing as bad.

post #7 of 12
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the replies. Yea I know I'm over thinking it. I tend to do that. It's not just excess wax. There are definite "scratches" over a lot of the base, although they appear to be shallow. I'm sure after the first day or so I'll ski them out anyway. I was just a little upset, thats all. There definitely are not any gouges. I could just tell by looking at the ski that it was a somewhat sloppy job.

 

Should I try to scrape the couple of wax streaks off with a plastic scraper? I'm thinking I should just leave it, as I haven't worked on a ski before, and I probably won't notice it anyway. I just want to make sure my new skis are running as well as they can on my first of only two trips this season =).

post #8 of 12

Are they running the length of the ski? across the ski? How long, how many etc.

these scratches which u are referring to may actually be "brush marks" from brushing the bases. Or they may be base structure. You have done a poor job explaining what you are talking about.

 

post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by shoal007 View Post

Are they running the length of the ski? across the ski? How long, how many etc.

these scratches which u are referring to may actually be "brush marks" from brushing the bases. Or they may be base structure. You have done a poor job explaining what you are talking about.

 

 

I don't think I did a terrible job of explaining them in my first post, although a picture in any circumstance such as this is always ideal. They could be brush marks, but they appear to be deeper than that. I'll try to post a picture or two tonight.
 

post #10 of 12

there are different levels of wax 'jobs' out there, from race waxing to run it over the wax machine and done jobs. they cost differently, reflective of the time involved. you can wax a pair of skis in 5 minutes or take an hour. 

 

find a video around here of skis being waxed, through the various steps, note the scraping process.

 

you won't really see your bases again until you ski the surplus wax off. then you can see if the skis are scratched. superficial scratches can occur on brand new skis so easily as the base is structured to a certain machined pattern and anything that touches that mars it for a while. not a big deal if they are there. could indicate sloppy procedure as in setting the skis on a file or not cleaning the bench before laying the skis on it, etc.

post #11 of 12
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Originally Posted by willski4food View Post

Either way, before you drop them off for your next tune buy some scotch-brite (the same stuff you use on pots and pans in the kitchen) and run it down the ski gently.  If you can put something behind it to keep the pressure even all the better.  This will remove any light scratches and won't change the character of the stone grind.  Just a time or two though, no need to be a champ.  Do note, that this will dull the edges a bit so make sure you're about to get them tuned anyways.  

Jesus christ. Don't tell him that. He's already obsessing about stuff he is completely clueless about.

 

Note to the OP. It's probably just scratches in the wax from regular handling. If you don't know this then you probably wouldn't even know it if it effected the ski's performance (it won't). Just go ski.
 

post #12 of 12
Pic?
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