Thanks Tom Bisel of Fit to Be Tri’d, Northfield MN for a great wax clinic
If you missed this evenings wax clinic or just want to refresh your memory, here is a great video on nordic ski waxing: http://www.skifastwax.com/fast-wax-news/videos/video-transcripts/basic-ski-waxing-instructions/
The following is a summary of this evenings session:
- Base wax is a soft protective wax. New skis should have up to 5 layers of base wax. The base layer is followed by color-coded waxes determined by snow temperature: red – 22-32F/25-28F optimal, blue/12-28F/18-22 optimal and green, a cold weather wax. You can also use low florinated paste wax.
- Begin with skis at room temperature. Scrape off the old wax, using a short scraping motion. Brush with a steel brush to open pores to receive the next layer of wax. When you first use your steel brush, put a directional arrow on the brush and always brush in the same direction. Apply a couple of coats of base wax followed a coat of red, then blue, then green wax.
- To apply wax, use a ski iron to drip wax about every half-inch. Use light pressure and iron until liquid wax pools on the back of the iron. The wax is usually even after two passes. Clean the center groove and edges with a plastic scraper. Cool the skis to room temperature for at least a half hour to allow the wax to absorb into the ski. Scrape holding a scraper with 2 hands – tip to tail. Brush to with steel brush open pours. Finish blue or green wax. Brush with steel, then nylon then horsehair brushes.
- If you use paste wax apply in a swirling motion as you do waxing a car. Dry the paste wax 3 minute to haze. Buff with horse hair brush then a nylon brush.
- Wax several times throughout the season. “If your ski bottoms are white, they are starving for wax.”
- At the end of season apply base wax to preserve skis until next season.