WAXING WITH HOT WAX: HOW DOES THAT WORK?
STEP 1: PREPPING YOUR SKIS
Before you start to wax, it is important you have cleaned and dried your skis. Best to dry the base with a microfiber cloth and take care that there is not any more snow clinging to the binding. Then remove old wax from the base with a wax remover and ensure any dirt or debris has been completed wiped off, too. Best is to have whipped your edges into shape with a diamond stone before waxing (read more about this in the answer to the question: TUNING EDGES, HOW DOES THAT WORK?)
We suggest you mask off the binding area with painter’s tape. Plus, we suggest you lock into place the ski stoppers with stopper rubber bands so they do not get in the way during waxing and you can work cleanly with the iron.
When you have taken care of all of this, secure the ski on a table with a vise. Pay attention that you just lay the ski in it and don’t tension the ski in any way. In this way, you will prevent the ski from losing its camber in the vise.
STEP 2: WAXING YOUR SKIS
Set the iron’s temperature and wait until it has reached the correct temperature. The hardness of the wax determines the iron’s temperature. The harder the wax, the hotter the iron’s setting should be. For most wax, the temperature for the iron is on the packaging. The rule of thumb though is between 100° and 130°C.
Then apply the wax to the ski with the iron. Do this by holding the block of wax on the iron and letting the wax drip onto the ski. Take care that the drops of wax are distributed across the middle. Then iron on the wax with a smooth, gliding movement. The warming opens pores, and the wax is drawn into the ski.
The iron should never be allowed to get too hot and should not remain on one spot too long. That could risk damage to the base.
Tip: Always iron in just one direction – away from the ski tip. Clean the iron after use.
SCHRITT 3: LETTING IT REST
Once you have applied the wax, you need to give it enough time to be drawn into the pores. Ideal is to let your skis sit overnight and then remove excess wax the next day. If you don’t have time for that, we recommend you let the skis sit for at least an hour. This should be in a dry room without big temperature fluctuations.
SCHRITT 4: SCRAPING AND BRUSHING
After letting the wax do its job, you can then remove the wax with a wax scraper in the direction of movement (i.e. away from the tip). With this, it is essential that you remove the wax one layer at a time and that you remove any wax remains from the edges. After that, you can begin to brush the wax. In doing this, you remove the all the bits of wax from the ski, and you bring out the structure of the base.
Tip: There are various brushes that differentiate themselves by their degrees of hardness. To be sure you are sufficiently equipped, we recommend two brushes: One stiffer and one softer. First, you should remove larger residue with the stiffer brush and then you should work it with the finer brush.