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  1. #51
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    Blue tarp - wax doesn't really stick to it. Fold it inwards and shake it out on into the trash (or lawn, etc.).

    I've used the blue tarp in the past (as well as canvas drop cloths), but now I just let it fall on the concrete (garage floor) and sweep it up afterwards - gets like 99.9% in under a minute. But then, I wax just enough to cover every dry part of the base, but no more, so that scraping just spills a small amount of shavings. Sounds like you are dripping way too much wax; try to use the minimum amount you can (takes practice).

    I also realize that I'm not an FIS racer, so I don't need to get too anal retentive about scraping. If I'm going to apply skins to the new wax job, I'm way more careful not to leave thick spots (that will foul skin glue), otherwise I figure it'll smooth out after a few runs (but I am careful to clean the edges thoroughly).

    P.S. crayoning then ironing sounds like too much work. Just learn to drip the proper amount (JMO)

  2. #52
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    Quote Originally Posted by train07 View Post
    ....I set off the smoke alarms...
    If your creating smoke whilst waxing:

    1) The wax job will be less effictive (if it's smoking, the wax is degrading for sure)

    2) You are breathing quite toxic fumes (ESPECIALLY if you're using any sort of flouro wax, but even smoke from traditional ski wax is quite toxic)

    I used a thrift store iron for many years, and eventually broke down and bought a non-fancy, Toko waxing iron. Night and day. That thing is so steady (and the temp settings click in, so it never goes out accidentally), I never, ever have smoke anymore. Set it so the wax melts and does not smoke - ideal.

  3. #53
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    Quote Originally Posted by skizix View Post
    I used a thrift store iron for many years, and eventually broke down and bought a non-fancy, Toko waxing iron. Night and day. That thing is so steady (and the temp settings click in, so it never goes out accidentally), I never, ever have smoke anymore. Set it so the wax melts and does not smoke - ideal.
    this ^^ except I got the fancy T-12 model with digital readout ... something I wish I had bought years ago
    Lee Lau - xxx-er is the laziest Asian canuck I know

  4. #54
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    ...or the cotton setting.

  5. #55
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    I had a shitty clothes iron that would smoke so turn it down

    then its too cold so I turn it up

    then it smokes so I turn it down

    with more delicate XC race ski bases there was real danger of bubbling the ptex which i am sure I did


    the real wax iron is something I wished I bought yars ago ... life is short
    Lee Lau - xxx-er is the laziest Asian canuck I know

  6. #56
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    I'm gonna use one of these cloths or the tarp. And I'll back off the wax some.

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  7. #57
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    atta boy happy wife happy life stay outta the Tammy Wynette thread and it sounds like you’re diamonds out there.
    bF
    Alpental Indigenous

  8. #58
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    While nature abhors a vacuum

    that does not include you

    don't forget to vaccum cuz women love that shit
    Lee Lau - xxx-er is the laziest Asian canuck I know

  9. #59
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    I feel you on this, I have to wax in my kitchen since I live in an apartment. Almost smashed my head in the middle of the night getting water from my socks slipping on wax brushing.
    TLDR; Ski faster. Quit breathing. Don't crash.

  10. #60
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    Thanks to this thread, I bought this model:
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00O5GG6VC/
    ... and now for the first time since, well, since we bought our new house in 2006, my workroom floor is clear of wax!
    (But don't worry, my ski season is still in progress, just that the skis I'm still using are out in the PNW awaiting my return, so no more waxing & scraping in my house for this season.)
    For those stuck in the Northeast, check out the NE Rando Race Series and my avalanche course. (For other avalanche course providers anywhere, feel free to use any of my "homework" assignments for your own courses too.)

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