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    Ski Base Cleaner Question

    So I typically purchase expensive products marketed for being a "base cleaner" as I do my own tuning and waxing. However, recently I met someone who told me to just use rubbing alcohol, can anyone confirm this wouldn't damage the ski?

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    It evaporates so fast I wouldn't think it would hurt much

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cdalpra View Post
    So I typically purchase expensive products marketed for being a "base cleaner" as I do my own tuning and waxing. However, recently I met someone who told me to just use rubbing alcohol, can anyone confirm this wouldn't damage the ski?
    Unless you are dealing with kick wax for climbing purposes I wouldn't worry about it. Warm the base with an iron, scrape and brush (brillo if you want), use wax of choice.

    Have you tried the techtalkjong formula?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3PinGrin View Post
    Unless you are dealing with kick wax for climbing purposes I wouldn't worry about it. Warm the base with an iron, scrape and brush (brillo if you want), use wax of choice.

    Have you tried the techtalkjong formula?
    Got a link for a jong?

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    Quote Originally Posted by weirdpeirce View Post
    Got a link for a jong?
    http://www.ericajong.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by weirdpeirce View Post
    Got a link for a jong?
    The techtalkjong formula.

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    I would worry about drying out your base using denatured alchohol but I guess if you just sprinkle it on and wipe it off you should be good if you wax in the same session. I use JG Juice and it works great when you get the tar crud in the late spring otherwise I just do a good hot-scrape and call it good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jarlybart View Post
    I would worry about drying out your base using denatured alchohol but I guess if you just sprinkle it on and wipe it off you should be good if you wax in the same session. I use JG Juice and it works great when you get the tar crud in the late spring otherwise I just do a good hot-scrape and call it good.

    Thanks!

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    hot scrape does wonders

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    I use simple green to wipe the shit off.
    Took me like 10 minutes to figure out how to change this shit

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    I keep a gallon of toluene for raft repair and use 3m scrubby's works great and wax sticks great

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    For dirty spring crud or general maintenance or whatever, I'm a fan of hot scraping.

    preparing for base welds and whatnot, I just use a little carb cleaner or paint thinner or goof off on a rag.

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    PM Kim_Jong_Ill or Rontele for the best base cleaner homemade formulas.

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    Every spring/summer we get some pretty bad sticky pollen layers that wreck the skiing glide. I started touring with a bottle of white gas in the pack and use the two part system of scrape base then clean the remains with white gas soaked rags. No long term effects on any of the bases I've used the system on over the past 20 years.

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