Paste wax is actually almost worse for your bases and only lasts for a few ski runs.
The cheapest wax I have found is the Dakine All-temp wax. Just use an old iron set at the wool setting and drip some wax along the bases then iron it in, let it cool for about 20 minutes and scrape it off. That's the cheapest and easiest way. Not really the best either, but it gets the job done.
With ski wax, you apply it, then scrape as much as you possibly can off, so all that is left is the wax that was absorbed into the porous base material.
If you cover your base with candle wax, you pretty much just cover the base, because candle wax isnt designed to be absorbed in the same way flourocarbon, and even the most lame hydrocarbon ski wax is designed to.
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what he said
I try to wax once a week as I have access to a tuning room here at school. If you use the correct wax your skis will rip in all conditions, its nice to have the right wax, no worries about coming up short
i say wax every 3 or 4 days of skiing, but if you havent skied in more than 2 weeks, wax before your 1st day.
then do a summer wax at the end of the season
and unless youre skiing park more than 1/2 the time, do your edges for every 2 times you wax.
a good wax job also helps with the scratchs in the base. you can never wax enough but atleast wax every week or every other week if you don't ski often. i try to get mine with the correct snow conditions so that im not going 2 mph down a 40* pitch.
There is a reason why ski waxes are fluorinated... Candle wax doesn't have the properties that allow it to repel water the same way ski waxes do.
Yeah, candle wax probably works, but there is a reason why almost nobody uses candle wax to wax their skis. If you already have an iron and scraper, why not just get some basic ski wax? You're not saving much by using candle wax, and you're probably screwing up your bases as well.