Glide Wax

Putting glide wax on skis has three steps. You can get complicated with different waxes, brushes, and multiple lays but you are still doing three basic things.
  1. Getting the wax on the ski--melt it on or rub it on.
  2. Getting the wax into the ski base.--Usually by ironing it in.
  3. Taking off the excess wax--Scraping and buffing.

Here is what you need to do.

  • Find a place to wax. You need a heated space, an electric outlet, good ventilation, and a floor that is easy to clean up. Your heated garage or shed is a good place. If you don't have a garage the best place may be your kitchen. ( It's hard to get wax off the carpet in your living room) You might want to use a drop cloth on the floor.
  • Bring your skis inside and let them reach room temperature.
  • Let your iron heat up. Put it on the lowest setting initially.
  • Lay your skis with the bases up. A waxing vise is nice but you can also put them on a pair of sawhorses, on a couple two by fours, or phone books, or across two chairs.
  • Get the wax on the ski base either by heating it on the iron and then dripping it, or by heating the wax on the iron and them rubbing the wax on the base.
  • Iron the wax in. Work from tip to tail and keep the iron moving. If the iron is not hot enough turn the iron up. Do not get the bases too hot. If the wax smokes, turn the iron down and wait for the iron to cool. The longer you iron the better. 5 minutes would be great if you have the patients.
  • Allow the first ski to cool and do the second ski. Let the skis cool at least 15 minutes before scraping. You could leave the scraping for latter. Many people put the wax on in the evening after they ski and then scrape the next day before they ski again.
  • Scrap off the excess wax. You want the wax in the ski base not on it. Use a plastic scrapper and work from tip to tail.
  • Brush off more excess wax. Work from tip to tail again using a nylon brush. Sometimes you use a brass brush instead which leaves small striations in the base or can be used to take off some oxidation.
  • Buff with Fibertex or Scotchbrite. Work from tip to tail. This alines the microscopic fibers on the ski base. Some people use the Fibertex instead of the brush but it doesn't take off excess wax as well as the brush does.
  • Repeat. The more layers of wax you put on the faster the skis.

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