Tutoriel GLISSHOP : Kit de fartage, comment farter son ski ?

Tutoriel GLISSHOP : Kit de fartage, comment farter son ski ?

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Hello, I’m Martin, ski and touring ski expert at Glisshop I’m going to show you our Glisshop maintenance kit featuring Vola products We chose to use Vola because the brand is established on the wax market since 1935 The brand is considered as a standard by skiers and winter professionals, and offers quality tools and high performance glide wax. Everything I’m about to show you on skis is something you can reproduce on your snowboard, snowscoot, mini skis… pretty much anything that has a base and edges. This is your waxing kit, with which you can wax your skis to ensure optimal glide performance It includes: 1 waxing iron 1 plastic scraper 2 brushes 1 bronze brush and 1 nylon brush 1 pair of rubber bands 1 block of wax remover 1 block of universal wax and 3 blocks of coloured wax to adjust your waxing according to snow conditions. Before we begin

It is important that your skis are as clean and as dry as possible. Make sure the ski is at room temperature With the iron you’re going to heat up the ski which will be more subject to thermal shocks. Don’t wax your skis just after coming home from the slopes. Find a spot where your skis are stable and secure At Glisshop you can find our Duo Vices on a discount when buying the waxing kit. To make sure you work in the best possible conditions take a cloth or a brush they’ll help you remove the dirt and excess materials. First, get the ski brake out of the way Use the rubber band Loop one arm, go over the binding and loop the other arm. Wax remover and Iron

We’ll start with a base clean up When you ski, the base catches dirt, grease, old wax and it’s important to remove all of it to work on a clean base. To do so you need your wax remover and your waxing iron. The wax remover works the same way as regular wax Set your iron temperature at 110°C Let the wax remover drip on the base of your ski. No need to use tons of materials The idea is to get a thin layer all over the base Still working from tip to tail you’re going to spread this wax remover with your iron When the wax remover is spread you’re going to help the base soak it in. Make slower moves with your iron. You’ll see the paraffin melt and create a mirror-effect. It’s going to stay in liquid form for a few seconds before it gets hard again. Never stop moving the iron to avoid overheating the ski and damaging it. Reminder: if you use a 3-part vice remember to loosen up the middle vice to apply less stress on the ski as it heats up. Hot scraping after wax removing

You want to scrape off the wax remover Hot scraping after wax removing

right after you’ve put it on. That’s what we call a hot scraping. Use the plastic scraper and always work from tip to tail Place your thumbs behind the scraper and push it along the ski. While you scrape you’ll see bits of materials come out loaded with dirt, grease and things you want to get rid of. Base prep: copper brush

When you’re done with the scraping Base prep: copper brush

you want to prepare the base for waxing Take your copper brush and give your ski a few passes to finish cleaning it up and free up the base structure. The structure is the thin grooves you can see on the base they create friction, turning snow into water to maximise glide. Always brush from tip to tail never pull the brush back towards you. It’s not a workout exercise, don’t go too hard on your ski the idea is to get rid of small remaining wax residues. You know you’re done when you can’t see any dirt coming out of the base anymore. Hot waxing

When your base is clean Hot waxing

you’re ready for hot waxing you’re ready for hot waxing Waxing is essential for a ski It’s what’s going to keep you gliding and make this glide comfortable. When the ski is in contact with the snow it creates a thin film of water and that’s what makes you glide. The right wax will create the right friction and the right glide. So, take your waxing iron and your block of wax. There are several types of wax The universal wax covering a large range of temperatures, a good choice for people waxing occasionally. You can do one pre-season waxing, one mid-season and one at the end of the season. You should be good in any air and snow conditions. People who are waxing on a more regular basis you can pick from 3 different blocks of wax 1 blue wax, 1 red wax and 1 yellow wax each being specific to certain conditions: cold now medium snow and warm snow. Choose carefully, use the wrong wax and you won’t glide well. You can find all this information about temperatures on the product’s page on our website. The waxing process is the same as using the wax remover. You will set the iron temperature according to the information given on the wax’ packaging. For universal wax, set the iron at 100°C. When you’re done, you can use the little notch on your plastic scraper to remove the excess wax that leaked over the edges. Do it straight away it’ll be easier than when the wax has dried out and solidified. Cold scraping

Unlike the wax remover Cold scraping

you’ll scrape off the glide wax when it’s cold. you’ll scrape off the glide wax when it’s cold. Wait at least 2 hours before scraping your ski. When the two hours are gone and your ski temperature has dropped you can start scraping the wax off. Use your plastic scraper your bronze brush and your nylon brush. The idea is to remove the excess wax off the base and to polish it and free out the structure to improve the glide. Let’s begin with the plastic scraper. Just like we did before, your two thumbs behind it will help you scrape the ski properly. Again, you want to work from tip to tail especially now as you’re “creating” the ski glide. Between each step, feel free to wipe your ski with a brush or a cloth to remove excess materials. When you can’t see any big chunks of wax coming out you can start brushing. Finish: Nylon Brushing

Take your bronze brush and Take your bronze brush and give a few passes to remove the last bits of materials Again, brush from tip to tail and lift your brush back to the tip. You want to use your brush always in the same direction the brush hair will bend and work better on your base. The last step: nylon brush This brush will remove the last debris and will give the base a smooth finish. It can take a while before you get the result you want. Take your time, the smoother your base is, the better the glide. When there’s no more dirt, dust, bits of wax coming out you’re done with polishing. Your ski is ready to ride. Some of you may want to wax at the end of winter, without removing the previous wax. Do a regular waxing, skip the scraping and brushing bits You’ll scrape and brush when the next season kicks in, in november or december. Make sure you store your skis somewhere dry or else you may see some rust coming on the edges. I hope I made sense in my explanations If you have any more questions about waxing or how to use our gear or tools Please contact us by email or phone Have a good day, see you on the slopes! For more information,
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+44(0)20 3129 3301

3 thoughts on “Tutoriel GLISSHOP : Kit de fartage, comment farter son ski ?”

  1. Would be good if I had skis to wax,waiting for my skis (from glisshop)which were meant to delivered yesterday with custom bindings yet still not even a phone call about how I wanted the bindings mounted

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