How To Wax Wooden Skis
You can learn how to wax wooden skis. It is important to take proper care of your skis, especially if you want them to last for many seasons. Taking the time to wax wooden skis is one way of taking care of them and protecting them.
Waxing helps with the ability of the ski to move more smoothly, and not to have hang-ups or glitches while skiing. Here are some tips to wax wooden skis:
- Use a surfactant Apply a surfactant which is a surface active agent that will help with agility and speed. There are different types of surfactants. One you may want to use is a fluorochemical surfactant. Fluorochemical surfactants help to reduce surface tension. This gives the ski more 'give' and free movement.
- Repairs Repair scratches and nicks on the bottoms of the skis. This will help to even out and smooth rough spots that may cause slower movement when skiing.
- Put the wax on Now you are ready to wax wooden skis. Use a wax meant for colder temperatures. This way, if it is too warm outside, your skis won't stick. Warmer temp wax can cause stickiness if the temperature is not just right.
- Plug in an iron You will need an iron to heat up the wax and smooth it on the skis. Set the iron according to the heating directions for your wax.
- Apply the wax According to the directions wax wooden skis with a generous amount of wax applied to your ski and iron over the wax. Be careful not to let the iron stay on one spot too long.
- Let it dry Once you have waxed and ironed the bottom of the ski, set it aside to dry, which will be approximately 25 minutes.
Learning how to properly wax wooden skis will keep them in good condition and give you a better ski season. If you have any questions, talk to your local ski shop and get a professional's opinion on waxing.