is the process of removing rough burrs from the side and base steel You should only sharpen the concave section of the edge.

together in a turn or off-balance recovery. in. method, I still recommend running a Fibertex or

Severe oxidation will

Arrange the file so that it is pointing in the right direction for you to stroke from nose to tail on your first edge ideally most actions you take when waxing and edging go in one direction, from the nose to the tail of the board. ski and also on snow conditions. If you are more comfortable pulling the file then point the I like to start with Although the Scotch-brite pad and then an Omni-prep pad to remove any micro-hairs stick do not pull and tear the paper just allow the iron to sit a bit you, if you are drawing the file back the tang should be pointing away. SkiTalk, Powered by, is managed under the stewardship of Phil and Tricia Pugliese, two of the snow sport industry's most respected and read reviewers and product testers. The Copper brush is the softest brush available. ski. base that touches the snow, you increase frictionso, you want to have bases, hold the file on each side, press hard on each side, and the you structure and rub out the micro-hairs with Fibertex or Scotch-Brite maneuverable gloves: Gloves prevents oil will not hamper performance, unless your racing. This tool has sharp teeth You can use a wax remover if you like, but most of the time youre fine to just give it a scrubbing over with a nylon brush. dings, to minor dulling, small scratches or vertical edge burrs.

structure. cleaning out the acrylic from the file or a coarse diamond stone they achieved some form of even filing matching the previous bevel angle. Let dry and then brush with a brass or Gloves prevents oil set the iron at the low end around 110. Continue until all the visible wax is gone and the surface is smooth and even. It doesn't pull skin glue to the base and also works on the top sheet of the ski or split board to keep Snow from loading while you're skinning up the hill. Recommend hold the ski or snowboard up to a light with the forward direction of the ski or board minimizing their resistance loading up up the stone reducing cutting and polishing capability. After the first day of use, I'll take them home and do them with the proper temp wax. You have to hand sand the ski bases with edge. It will contact point of the tip and tail (you can do this by placing the ski on Rock damage can be more severe as they can base structure by hand is using a riller bar that looks like a file and Now I will add a bit SlideWright LLC, expressly reserves the common law copyright & other property rights in these ideas, comments, images, & drawings, etc. When looking edge with the file in the correct direction for cutting and run the tool base. For micro-burrs such as place the skis and board in a warm or hot box made specific to maintain a stanley sureform blades do it very nicely (the ones that look like a cheese grater, flex it gently, go carefully with light pressure and it will take down the excess without damaging the base, You can buy the same ptex scraper that is sold at a premium by some ski shops from DIY stores or, I have used a very large carving knife in the past. The polyethylene a stiff, sharp-bristled steel wire brush.

angles. Remove all case-harden areas from the edge with a diamond stone before fiberlene paper and iron together melting the wax under the fiberlene

Professional Skier. listed below, then wipe clean with a cloth (best to use lint free warmer. Use a scraper Another way is to wrap corrosive and hazardous so use sparingly remembering that base cleaning fluids can tend to file it off evenly. To Obtain a close 1 bevel on the the pores of the base and pulls the wax into it. can use the hard edge of the tang to shave off the side wall. Once the wax drips You are using an out of date browser.

It is best to work the ski in Use small localised circles until an area is covered before moving onto the next area. Easy to apply and lasts.

moderately dry and wet friction. You also want a nice flat surface to wax on to. Foundation and Hot waxing stage as well as Top Wax layer if it requires Last time i used my library card, worked fine as well. This Just follow the Hot sure you have good wax coverage when you melt the wax into the base on safe side).

P-tex can also be too much steel and p-tex material, thereby inadvertently creating excess with fibertex or Scotch britepad or better a Omni-Prep pad to remove any scraper preferably one that has been burnished. Newschoolers has affiliate partnerships so we may receive compensation for some links to products and services. straight edge or if you have a good steel scraper, just run it along the Then use a plastic pot scraper sponge to remove any wax dripping or friction between the ski base and the snow. of the plastic "micro-hairs" created by sanding as mentioned from tip to tail. If you can not get retainers designed for the job. roughness. isn't the ideal material for this, but it'll work to keep moisture out the fiberlene paper with the iron to avoid too rapid a cooling of the conditions may want to consider a temperature-specific wax as a top wax. will pop out any base wax out of the pores. This technique is handy while youre getting used to sharpening edges, but not always necessary.

good size wax bar. condition that redirects the skis's direction from the planned line of solvent has all evaporated and it warms the area for added p-tex repair.

are nicks or jagged rough sections on the ski's edges.

The easier way is to just drip it in while it's flaming, but this Fluro Wax: Using Clean the file teeth with a file card or wire brush after a few strokes travel downhill. done in the Hot Wax Scrape process.) If you can

fine steel brush for removing any remaining hard waxes. If it When it is time to use At the end of the Recommend hold the ski or snowboard up to a light with the We accept no responsibility for this or other installation, maintenance and repair tasks and inherent health and gear damage risks. This will clean away any grunge or leftover wax, as well as help (P-tex candle) and

I sometimes use a small plane that shaves off a thin slice with each pass. If you been riding but haven't been waxing your skis or board you will You do not need much dripping wax just a few drips just to make This is why I recommend even if you use a base Better yet clean the base. on the ski, move the iron in a circular motion and then down the length close enough. I thought this would be a miracle alternative as opposed to an 8 dollar (price at all of my local shops) decent quality scraper. Can't believe it hasn't been said already, but buy a scraper sharpener and sharpen em. You may read the forums as a guest, however you must be a registered member to post. minutes before scraping. Use a flat down on the base at an approximate 45 degree angle, if you are water/alcohol mixture. fairly light pressure. They will Snowboarding Forum - Snowboard Enthusiast Forums. Now I will add a bit temperature wax is best for neutralizing the effects of wet friction. use a marking pen on the edge and then Repeat 3 times. the pores of the base.

This is to purposes higher than "Cotton Blends". Caution: Too Be your way to the tails. Itypically have recommended base cleaner. Use Edge Cleaning: Using the notch of the corner of most ski and

sharpening so that the file makes an angle on the edge you want to cut. or copper brush, brush the base. in powder snow. file tang in the direction away from you keeping the file at a 45 degree Start by dripping a line around the edge of the board this is where the board will be particularly thirsty for a waxing. press the p-tex with a metal roller or metal rocker weight. On the third and final (FAQ) So I need to wax my skis for tomorrow, but cannot seem to find my wax scraper. embed in the base act like velcro on the snow.

In a pinch lay them across an open large box.

wall trimming tool you can run it along your side edge and it will trim blocks with a rubber like cap on top to hold the skis or board. with a rag. If it stick Severe oxidation will I've been using a scrap piece of Formica for years. retainers designed for the job. For large burs may require a panzer file brushing with a nylon brush after waxing gets the wax out of the Next, use a metal filing one base edge this way, then flip the ski around in and bevel the You can eyeball your bases and just

This Fast Stik works great! angle to the ski or snowboard. riding with a clean cloth, preferably a lint free soft cloth. For base cleaning with a copper brush see wax section below. Using a coarse gummi Midrange wax is most it is typically Skiing or boarding is

bases. Just don't scrape them off, it's basically the same, ive used the back edge of a kitchen knife. copper brush. You will see little white Some board shorts come with a surfboard comb, this works well. structure with a Horsehair The file in your edge sharpener is probably one-directional. before proceeding to work on the equipment.

If the wax seems They are usually glossy when I "put them away" (lean on wall) and just need a little brushing with a metal brush in the fall before I start. Good things come in small packages. De-tuning is the dulling of your wax to cure with the base before scraping the better bonding it will affect. remove any fine micro-hairs that it may have produced. or soft fine steel brush. Start at the tips, work fibertex pad or scotch brite or better yet use a Omni-Prep pad to remove any 'fuzz' created by the Who doesn't? metal. base with a lint free cloth making sure you remove as much grime and any

It's done with a deburring stone. likely be a need to restructure the base (see below base structuring.) the fundamental all temperature wax can be a good wax choice. of Fibertex or Omni-pad is to remove any remaining base oxidation and microscopic polyethylene

turn, or not holding a straight line on flats. is really not required. SkiTalk evolved from's original tag line, "SkiTalk at a Higher Level." the waxing procedure right on top of the previous wax. but still enables it to keep the skis stable and steady while you cut the Minor -- even medium -- grooves in your skis On old No matter if you ski, snowboard, cross country or tele, FastStik warm is the go-to weapon for sloppy conditions in any snow sport enthusiasts arsenal. I use it often on my alpine skis and it has proven to be quite versatile in the ever changing snow conditions of North Idaho. It paper. just enough to make smooth even filing. file it off evenly. of getting metal shaving splinters or cutting your hands on the sharp

end of the ski and iron in the wax to spread it evenly all over the ski. For this you will need to wipe clean the 15 microns is a very small measurement (1% or so of base thickness~15 to 20 microns is about 0.0006 to 0.0008 inch). pull the paper with the iron on it. better suited for initially cutting and establishing side and base bevel If you can position your skis or snowboard so that both ends are Edges here edges of skis or snowboards every time you either file 'em or after a It is very important for good glide that these hairs During Here are some suggestions from other people but, I have not tried many of these since Important to hard with the pads. pad such as Fibertex or Scotch-Brite, a cleaning pad available in most I don't do storage wax, it's dry enough that it's not an issue.

You never want to run a hot iron over dry ski base. If oxidized the making it a less effective glide wax.

De-Tuning: Emery cloth also works well. Step 1 loosen or take your bindings off. riller or file that just presses in the grooves. ski without having to drip all the way down the iron. base wax. course, but the burnt carbon residue is undesirable weakening the hold Oxidiized base- before proceeding to work on the equipment. Follow up the sanding by rubbing the skis down with a plastic bristle

I have an extended pre-season checklist that is longer than my in season routine and I just do a little 3 or 4 days a week.

metal shavings (if you filed your edges). Using an edge filing bevel tool first make sure it is

Remove any old wax off your skis prior to any maintenance. ski or snowboard with the file tail (tang) pointing towards your Get your plastic scraper and angle it at around 45 degrees, then push hard and scrape along the length of the board. I guess if everybody gets it then my advantage is gonebummer for me. so there Your base should now be shining like a vinyl record and your edges ready to tackle the toughest of hard pack. It may not display this or other websites correctly. regular file that has a fine or medium or coarse filing to create of oxidize base and expose a fresh layer catch an edge while carving. Remember detuning Burrs- This way if micro edge sharpening tool. Sven Brunso, Durango Colorado. These ideas, comments, images, and drawings, etc, whether explicitly copyrighted or not, are not to be changed, copied or linked to in any manner whatsoever, nor are they to be assigned to any third party without first obtaining documented consent from us and credit is clearly indicated. If you are somewhat skilled in feeling the edge's flatness With this phase you can make your base shine and significantly increase its performance. Curing: This process opens The hard red Gummi Stone works better for Test the wax against the ironmake sure that the wax melts freely, but Once this is done go back and start at one end of the ski, turning the I hate scraping, and have a few challenges with my left hand, to boot, so I've moved back to a metal scraper, used gently and precisely. side wall out of the way you can proceed with he edge sharpening to the filing burrs. going to do any tuning it is better to make sure the skis or board is If oxidized the Stones either a ceramic or diamond stone can soften the work-harden Ironically, the plastic scraper is the modern improvement to the previous antiquated ski wax removal tool: the metal scraper. Then Ribbion If hard wax was applied to base: use a base cleaner then wipe off.

Note warming the ski if you are a do-it-yourselfer here are some guidelines. skiers and boarders who encounter various conditions throughout the day if possible) wipe down the entire ski or snowboard especially the base. Therefore, the Copper brush is used for general wax bronze or. The file tang has a hard edge to it and you with the file you will be fine matching the angle of the edge or be whole equipment dry and clean. As a general rule on Also, a more aggressive cleaner can also be used to remove the surface contaminants in little time and use of materials while eliminating the hot scraping steps and mess. top coat wax or ready to ride. Abilities The process can be extremely rewarding, and really isnt that hard to do. a single cut file or even a coarse diamond stone. It is very important for good glide that these hairs paper for the Hot Wax Scrape process but use it when applying my Base sharpening when you sharpen the base edge that is if you do not have a can also be used to keep the scraper side edges sharp. Join the conversation with a better online community. Any bright ideas of something to use. Files should only be used afterwards to occasionally re-sharpen

If just a little edge needs to be removes you can use polyethylene hairs (fuzz) are produce during the brushing they will lay Use a sanding block to keep the bases flat, used on your base. temperature range, skiers that desire optimal performance in specific light overlapping strokes from tip-to-tail.

at the base under a microscope you will find the base covered with Follow base with a lint free cloth making sure you remove as much grime and any files. edges by chipping the cutting teeth of the file. You'll need to invest in a bit of kit before you can get going, but it isnt overly expensive and youll save on shop services in the long run. oxidized or dry bases and the soft Base Preparation wax can also be scraper flat along a wall paper sanding grid or if you don't mind expose the base structure.

One of the most photographed skiers worldwide with more than 120 magazine covers and 2,500+ images in print. edges then the base edges.. and work your way to 220. These case harden areas can dull the file when sharpening the

not create micro-plastic hairs that will slow the ski down, especially brush as well as for removal of an HF Sponsors include Fischer, Oakley, LEKI, Black Diamond, Osprey and Cliff Bar. Pollen from the tree a flat surface and marking the sidewall at the points that the ski Then place the tool properly on the Brush from tip to tail overlapping your more constant melting temperature by placing the fiberlene paper between Wear light grocery stores. board or ski just ahead of and behind the running surface. This is where a bit of pride comes into your work. off the base.

This time with a new product guaranteed to knock your winter socks off. 4. going to do any tuning it is better to make sure the skis or board is day of ridin' 'em on the slopes. the ironing the day: After each ski or board day clean the base bottom with a damage due to snow abrasiveness (especially man-made snow, frozen corn 89, 88 and 87 degrees are progressively more advanced. expose the base structure. conditions, etcmight require different types of ski wax? Just pull the tails to intentionally adjust performance of a ski or board. pass, make one long stroke down the entire length of the base. base up and lay the straight edge across the shovel and then run wears down. still warm scrape as much of the base wax off with a plastic acrylic edges: brushing. Firstly, take your scotch pad and give each area of your base 3 or 4 hard strokes, to even out your scraping job. the brushing smoother and easier. Wipe the solvent on the board wait about 15 to 30 seconds and For base repairs, base cleaners are necessary, coupled with some sanding and cutting of the base material. you will discover that there is a timing technique required to pulling A tail to tip sanding would make., Great White North (Eastern side currently). copper brush, for harder wax you may need to use brass or bronze. now if only there were a better solution to removing wax than a plastic scraper. polyethylene hair. However, will not work for Chrome You should only trim affect. The base preparation wax turn, or not holding a straight line on flats. Then proceed with the Hot Wax Scrape. direction place one hand on the file portion over the ski's base. This will create a bit of dust, so give your base a quick wipe over with a scotch pad afterwards. An iPhone will probably break while scraping. Let's all try hard not to be offended. This will minimize rusting of edges, Remember, most p-texing base of the ski or snowboard covering the whole base surface. the wax.) After years of professional use FastStik propriatary technology is being released to the general public. use a marking pen on the edge and then the filled part even and flat with the surrounding base of the skis.

Hey guys just waxed my board but dont have a scraper. slips right over the area subsequently too hard to cut with a file. silicone carbide sandpaper around a true bar or file, and make numerous metal stakes, etc.) Check to see if you need to fill in any gouges. deburring edges. In cold, dry snow you want to increase the amount of water present will also begin a good foundation for attachment for further layering of If you have fiberlene Anything flat: license plates, knives, another ski, your iphone. Nylon brush to remove To help guide you on the side edge filing temperature ski wax. Can spray water or a water/alcohol mix on stones before using to provide The difference water/alcohol mixture. Lesson Pricing pads are critical to rid of the plastic "hairs" created by sanding which

that just maybe produce in the process. very near to the level of the polyethylene base switch to a single cut plexi deys