How to Hot Wax Snow Skis

How to Hot Wax Snow Skis
Next to maintaining smooth ski bases and sharp edges, waxing your skis is probably one of the easiest, yet most important ways to maintain your equipment and ensure that you're getting the most out of your gear. All it takes is a few simple tools and 20 or 30 minutes of your time.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Two chairs or a ski vice Large rubber bands Steel scraping tool Ski wax Plastic pot scrubber Wax paper
  • Two chairs or a ski vice
  • Large rubber bands
  • Steel scraping tool
  • Ski wax
  • Plastic pot scrubber
  • Wax paper
Step 1
Turn your skis over and lay them on the seats of two chairs with the bases facing up. If you own a ski vice, secure the skis in the vice with the bases up.
Step 2
Retract the ski brakes by pulling them back and secure them with a large rubber band to keep the brakes out of the way while you work.
Step 3
Clean the bases of the skis using rubbing alcohol or some other non-oil cleaner. The bases must be clean to allow the wax to stick.
Step 4
Plug in an old clothes iron and set on the lowest heat setting. Allow the iron to heat for 10 to 15 minutes. After the iron has heated, press the edge of a block of ski wax against the hot surface of the iron, dripping wax onto the ski base. Slowly work your way from the tips to the tails, melting wax onto the base.
Step 5
Press the warm surface of the iron onto the base to evenly spread and distribute the wax across the ski base. Work slowly and make sure that the entire base is amply covered with wax. Allow the wax to dry 15 to 20 minutes before continuing.
Step 6
Scrape the extra wax off of the ski base using a steel scraper. Press firmly enough to remove the extra wax, but be sure to leave a thin layer of wax on the base.
Step 7
Buff the entire base of the newly waxed ski using a plastic pot scrubber. The pot scrubber will even out the wax and polish the base after the wax has dried. Remove the rubber band to allow the ski brakes to return to their original position. Insert a small piece of wax paper in between the base points of contact before transporting or storing the skis.

Tips & Warnings

 
Use a high-quality appropriate wax from the chart referenced below. Ensure that there are no irregularities on the bases before you begin. Work slowly.
 
Use a high-quality appropriate wax from the chart referenced below.
 
Ensure that there are no irregularities on the bases before you begin.
 
Work slowly.
 
Never use the iron for clothes once it's been used on skis. Be sure that the bases are level before waxing.
 
Never use the iron for clothes once it's been used on skis.
 
Be sure that the bases are level before waxing.

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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