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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-09-2003, 02:15 PM Thread Starter
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Waxing skis?

Does anyone do this themselves? I just got a new pair of skis today, and am interested in how to do this. I always just sent it to the shop, but the idea of saving money is real attractive to me. I have no idea what to do, as the only I have ever done myself was this sort of wipe on wipe off instant wax. Any other basic ski tuning advice? I got into skiing when I was 12 with the Boy Scouts. I am now 21, and still love the sport, but since I am the only one who skis in my family, I have slowly been teaching myself. Any advice you have would be greatly appreciated...

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Get it done. They'll cut them for ya two. By the time you buy all the crap you need your better off having someone else deal with the time involved

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Getting it tuned professionally is probably a good idea for the first time around. They'll put a nice edge on, and you'll get an even wax = faster. From there just use some spray on glide wax (I like XXX Speed Wax myself) before you hit the hill and it should last all season.

To do it yourself (assuming it's like tuning a snowboard), you'll need some weather tempered wax, an iron you don't mind ruining, some steel wool, and a paint scraper. If you don't mind a ghetto job...that should be the bare minimum. As you move on, you'll also need a good citrus based wax remover to clear up the gunk. Good luck!

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Remember Brian also has his oil changed at the dealer He gets that super duper motorcycle for $15.00 a quart and gets that oil filter for $20.00. and pays $40.00 for labor to a 16 year old that has never held a wrench before.

Waxing skiis is maybe a ten minute job, if your really slooooowww.

You know the 16 year old kid thats changing Brian's R1 oil, he's the same kid waxing your skiis



Do a dogpile.com search on waxing skiis, you have all the knowledge you need.

Or bring them over and I'll show you how

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Remember Brian also has his oil changed at the dealer He gets that super duper motorcycle for $15.00 a quart and gets that oil filter for $20.00. and pays $40.00 for labor to a 16 year old that has never held a wrench before.

Waxing skiis is maybe a ten minute job, if your really slooooowww.

You know the 16 year old kid thats changing Brian's R1 oil, he's the same kid waxing your skiis



Do a dogpile.com search on waxing skiis, you have all the knowledge you need.

Or bring them over and I'll show you how
Funny....I always change my own fluids.

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I let nobody touch the underside of my snowboard. I'm a bit picky when it comes to wax for my board. But it's definitely an easy job to do by yourself and once you get the hang of it your skis will run better than if some kid did the job for you.
Since I don't wax skis I can't give you specicif tips but found pretty good and elaborate instructions. Here's the link
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It's no big deal if you take your time. Most of the local shops (Viking excluded) are a waste of time. Get a good clamping workbench (Like a Black and Decker Workmate), the right tools and a full sized iron. Particularly if you are going to do your own Petex (sp?) repair. I know I'm in a minority with this, but I really like Zardoz as an alternative to wax for recreational use. You need to reapply it more often, but it just takes a minute.

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Try www.race-werks.com they have all the stuff you need, it's sweet. I have volkl 5 stars waxed them once and their sweet.
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