How to P-Tex Skis

How to P-Tex Skis
If you feel like you're slowing down while others are skiing past you, it may not be your technique or the snow conditions. It could be your equipment. The running surfaces of your skis are prone to dings, gouges and other damage that can cause friction between your skis and the snow surface. One of the easiest ways to speed past your friends is to repair the bottoms of your skis using P-Tex.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderate

Prepare the Bases of Your Skis

Things You’ll Need:
  • P-Tex candles Cigarette lighter or matches Base scraper Workbench (optional)
  • P-Tex candles
  • Cigarette lighter or matches
  • Base scraper
  • Workbench (optional)
Step 1
Secure your skis on a ski workbench by tightening the vises fore and aft of your bindings. If you don't have access to a workbench, lay your skis upside-down over two chairs.
Step 2
Hold your ski brakes out of the way using a stout rubber band. Keeping the brakes out of the way will make it much easier to work on the skis' bases.
Step 3
Run a steel scraper over the ski bases to remove all loose base material and even out the running surfaces of your skis. Don't be afraid to remove a small amount of plastic base material. Work from the tips to the ends of the skis.

Applying P-Tex

Step 1
Melt a small amount of P-Tex into the gouges and scrapes on the bottoms of your skis by lighting the end of a P-Tex candle with a match or cigarette lighter. You can buy P-Tex candles in a variety of colors and densities at your local ski shop. You can also buy commercial P-Tex "guns" that make the process easier. Be sure to apply a liberal amount of P-Tex--enough to completely cover the gouge. Wait 10 minutes before proceeding.
Step 2
Scrape the excess P-Tex off of the ski bases after it has cooled and hardened. Use the same steel scraper you used in Section 1. Scrape from the tips to the tails.
Step 3
Apply a second layer of P-Tex if you need to patch deep or wide damages to the ski bases. Allow plenty of time for the P-Tex to thoroughly cool between applications.
Step 4
Finish the repair by completely tuning the bases and edges of your skis.

Tips & Warnings

 
Sharpen the edges and wax the bases after repairing them. Don't be afraid to apply a liberal amount of P-Tex to the areas needing repair.
 
Sharpen the edges and wax the bases after repairing them.
 
Don't be afraid to apply a liberal amount of P-Tex to the areas needing repair.
 
Let the P-Tex cool before scraping the bases.

Article Written By Allen Smith

Allen Smith is an award-winning freelance writer living in Vail, Colo. He writes about health, fitness and outdoor sports. Smith has a master's degree in exercise physiology and an exercise specialist certification with the American College of Sports Medicine at San Diego State University.

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