Spring is here and for most of us that means skiing is over for this season. As we get out our bikes, tennis rackets and roller skis it is easy to just set our skis aside, forgetting about them until next winter when the snow flies. However, now is the time to clean and prep your skis for proper storage.
The tools needed for this are:
1) an iron
2) a nylon brush
3) a sharp plastic scraper
5) warm temperature wax (i.e., Toko yellow or base prep, Swix CH10 or Base Prep,
First, start with a hot wax cleaning of the base. This is accomplished by using the iron to drip the warm temperature wax on the base, then taking the iron and make several passes along the base from tip to tail melting the wax. Keep the iron temperature low, just warm enough to melt the wax. Then while the wax is still warm, scrape the wax off the ski base with a plastic scraper. Finally, brush the skis from tip to tail with your nylon brush getting the left over wax out of the base from scraping -- then wipe the base clean with fiberlene.
After you have your skis hot wax cleaned, use the iron again to drip the warm temperature wax on the ski base. Again, make several passes over the ski base with the iron from tip to tail melting the wax into the base. Stop here -- you’re done! All you need to do now is find an out of the way place to store your skis. You may store them in the basement of your house, running a dehumidifier to keep the humidity down. It is best to hang or stand the skis against a wall, rather than laying them down.
TOOLS OF THE TRADE
Basic Tools Needed To Glide Wax Skis
The tools selected are:
2) Plastic Scraper
3) Nylon Brush
Let’s start with the Iron
The features needed on the iron to make it acceptable for waxing are:
1) Temperature adjustment
2) Variance in temperature at a setting
The temperature settings are important in being able to control the temperature of the iron, especially the higher settings where a “too hot iron” can damage a ski base. The variance in temperature is important because if the iron fluctuates hot, cold at a temperature setting, waxing can become difficult with the harder waxes. One minute the iron is smoking and too hot to apply the glide wax, then the next minute it cools down and the glide wax you’re applying won’t melt. What a pain in the neck!
Next is the Plastic Scraper
Plastic scrapers come in several thicknesses. This probably doesn’t make a difference, except a thicker scraper is easier to use for someone just learning to wax. The reason being, it is difficult to bend a thicker scraper when pulling or pushing the scraper along the ski base during glide wax removal. Therefore, keeping the ski base flat will be easier. Also, keeping the scraper sharp and flat is important. The best way to keep your scraper in top shape is to purchase a good file and file brush to keep the file clean. To use the file correctly, lay the file flat on a table, hold scraper square to the file face and slide along the file. Make several light passes along the file. Use the file brush to clean the plastic out of the file grooves, then make several more passes.
If you do not want to use a file, both Toko and Swix make good scraper sharpeners. The Toko sharpener has several different slots for various thicknesses of scrapers. Slide your scraper through the correct slot and you will have a sharp scraper. A good sharp plastic scraper makes cleaning the ski base a breeze. Also, a good job of scraping the wax off the ski bases makes the next tool much easier to use.
A Nylon Brush
There are several choices of nylon brushes and they all have their places, however, start with a stiff nylon brush. There’s not much maintenance to a nylon brush except to clean it if the bristles get a wax buildup. Then you might try putting the brush bristles face down in a container with a small amount of wax remover and let the brush soak. Take the brush out and let the wax remover evaporate.
The final tool is Fibertex
This is great stuff! The product comes in different grits, from non-abrasive for polishing after brushing, or soft and hard abrasive pads for adding structure. Basically, use the final polish pad after brushing for removing any remaining wax.
Applying glide wax by dripping
with an iron
Scraping wax from skis after storage