How to tune your skis – Part 2: Base Repair


CRAAAACCCKKKK. What was that?!? Well my friend, you just skied over a rock. And, well, it stripped a ton of material off your base…..

So, everyone is bound to get some damage to their base here and there. Small scrapes and belmishes can easily be handled at home. However, big scrapes and bores that lead down to the core will typically need to be handled in a shop that has the materials to weld and add new layers of laminate.

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Nice and smooth ski base

In order to get this done, you’ll need: a couple clean towels, base cleaner, rubbing alcohol, a metal scraper, and a ptax candle. It might be wise to have a wire brush and razor blade on hand just in case.

AS with last time, start with placing the skis on your vice or a stack of books/props. If you’re doing this real time, you’ve already got this taken care of – good job! You’ll want to start with a clean base, so take the metal scraper and remove any excess materials that may be currently located on the base. Basically you are aiming to remove the excess materials around teh gouge you’ll be fixing. Any spots that are stubborn or unable to be removed by the scraper will need a little extra incentive; use the razor blade. Any debris or dirt will then need to be brushed off with the towel or wire brush ~ remember, strokes should go from tip to tail!

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Some ski tools you’ll be wanting

Once you’ve done this, you will want to stage the area around the scrape, so use your wax remover. It will take a couple minutes for the base cleaner to set and be ready for removal. After applying the wax remover and wiping clean, you will want to use rubbing alcohol to further set the area clean for proper p-tex adhesion.

You’ll want to light the p-tex candle over your metal scraper. This ensures you will not be applying p-tex to the wrong portion of the skis. Once warm enough, you can then apply the p-tex directly to the base. You will want to keep the lit end of the candle close enough to the base to prevent improper drip application, but far enoough away to so as to not melt the base itself. With some practice you will find the happy medium. As the p-tex cools, it may look bumping and unkempt: this is completely normal and will be fixed momentarily.

Finally, once the p-tex has completely cooled, you will want to take the metal scraper and remove the excess p-tex from the base. You’ll be looking to level the area of applied p-tex to be flush with the surrounding areas of the base, and can generally be done by  visual inspection or running your hand. Again, stubborn spots may require the use of a razor blade.

So, to recap: 1) prep your gouge/scrap by removing the dust/debris/excess materials with a metal scraper and wire brush. 2) remove wax around the gouge with base cleaner and rubbing alcohol, and 3) apply the p-tex and be careful not to burn the base.

With these steps, you will be one step closer to be fully prepared to tackle the slopes like a bat outta hell! Next week I’ll be covering the waxing portion of your skis: While this may seem straight forward, choosing the right wax, tools, and gear for finishing the base is paramount – especially if you want the upper hand in racing!

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