Have you got a skiing holiday coming up? Whether you’re a semi pro, or its going to be your first time on the slopes, being prepared and carrying out ski maintenance before you go can make your life a whole lot easier.
But, what do you need to do to ensure your skis are safe and ready to use? Follow this handy guide, to learn how to repair skis, wax your skis and more…all with the help of WD-40®
Carry out Ski Maintenance Checks
Regardless of how often you use your skis, you should always check them over at the start of each season, and then regularly after every three to four uses.
The base of skis tend to be scratched by debris under the snow on slopes. As these imperfections are small and seemingly insignificant, many people ignore them until they become a larger problem. Light surface scratches on your skis can easily become deeper grooves with continued use. These marks can create a rough base surface, and therefore detriment the smooth glide you aim for whilst skiing.
This is why you should carry out regular ski maintenance and deal with surface scratches as soon as they appear. To do this, mount your skis securely to a worktable, and begin cleaning all surfaces. Use a brush with fine brass bristles to gently agitate the surface of the skis, disrupting any dirt, debris, or residue from your last trip to the slopes. After you wipe the area clean with some damp paper towels, you’re ready to get waxing. (We will show you how to wax your skis shortly…)
How to Repair Your Skis
Once you have sufficiently cleaned your skis, you are able to identify any scratches or grooves that need to be filled. To do this, you will need to purchase a wax candle, often known as a P-Tex candle.
Light your P-Tex candle, and carefully let the melted wax drop onto areas of your skis that are damaged. When you are happy that the wax has covered all scratches, allow it to dry and harden. The wax will fill in the grooves, to create a smoother surface.
Once the wax is dry, use a rigid plastic spatula to gently scrape off any excess, so the remaining product is flush with the base of the skis. If you are struggling to achieve an even layer, a final sweep with a horsehair brush will free any remaining unwanted product.
How to Wax Your Skis
To achieve the best glide possible on the snow, you should always wax your skis before hitting the slopes. There are various types of wax, which differ dependant on what type of snow you will be skiing on. Check in with the resort you are staying at to find the ideal wax for your needs.
To melt your wax, it is recommended that you invest in a wax iron. However, if this is not an option, a normal iron with added greaseproof paper will suffice. Melt the wax, and carefully pour it onto the surface of your skis. Be careful to avoid direct contact with the skin as this can cause burns.
Once you have poured the wax, working from the tip and moving towards the tail, spread the wax evenly along the entire surface. Allow the wax time to cool and harden, and then scrape away the excess. This will reveal a perfectly flat, sliding surface – ready for the slopes!
Ski Edge Repair
To make downhill skiing smoother and turning easier, you should get your ski’s edges sanded regularly by a professional who will carry out any needed ski edge repair. They will use a specialist diamond stone to pass over the edges of your skis, to smooth out any deformities and prevent rust forming during off-season.
Ski Binding Maintenance
As your bindings are the main safety feature available for skis, you should always ensure they are secure before heading to the slopes by carrying out regular and thorough binding maintenance. After checking for any visible signs of damage, you should spray the joints of your bindings with a spritz of WD-40® Multi-Use Product. This process will shield the joints from dust, dirt and grit accumulation, as well as protecting the material from humidity.
Furthermore, WD-40® will lubricate the mechanisms to ensure smooth movements and create a protective water repelling barrier to prevent rust and corrosion from the elements your skis are subjected to.
So, there you have it! Well maintained skis ready to hit the slopes. We hope you found this blog useful. For further ideas on how to use WD-40® in your daily routine, check out our blog full of tips and tricks! WD-40 can help with plenty of your sporting accessories not just ski maintenance! You can learn how to lubricate your bike chain, pump up bike tyres and much more!