Equipment: brushes (1 metal, 1 nylon), Scraper, groove tool, iron, wax
- Clean the ski of old wax and dirt. Using your metal brush, Brush the ski (tip to tail), usually 4-6 passes is adequate.
- Apply wax and iron in. Do Not overheat base, 2-3 passes with iron is plenty. Let ski cool to room temp.
- Use groove tool to remove wax from grooves. Use a SHARP plastic scraper to remove excess wax. (tip to tail)
- Use metal brush (tip to tail) to remove wax in the structure of the base. Usually 4-6 passes.
- Use nylon brush to polish base. You can apply more pressure and go back and forth if you like.
Waxing is a great time to inspect your skis and bindings and address any issues. Check for gouges, delamination, loose screws, heal clips are secure in boot, safety straps, etc.
There are many videos on Youtube, and wax mfg websites like: Start, Toko, Swix, FastWax etc. Find videos for basic glide waxing for XC skate skis.
Wax: there are many solid, pastes and liquid waxes, on the market, it can get overwhelming. After a good hot wax, liquids, and paste waxes are a great way to quickly and easily maintain your skis in the winter for temp specific conditions.
Start SG8 available at enjoywinter.com is a great base wax that will cover colder conditions and is hard enough to be used in summer.