i totally, totally fucked up the bases of my skis, at least 2 core scratches including a footlong, 1/4 inch wide one, and one where there is a rock stuck in my ski. What i'm wondering, is after they fix it up, how will performance and durability change. they are 180 candides.
so they touch there skis now?-my grandma after watching RFA
dont worry about it, the shop will do a good job. if you learned how to do that stuff on your own you wouldnt have to pay $50 for the repair. its pretty easy, do a google search on it, thats how i learned
originally posted by chris_64_impala : why do u need a fat ski? huh fatty? yeah thats right u like the chocoalte
as long as the gouges did not affect the edges or crack the core, you should be good to go. To only way you would notice it after the fix would be skiing on hard pack really fast. OtherwiseI think it would be hard to notice. I pushed in an edge on a pair or new bandits a few years ago, and even on ice I could barely tell a difference.
My candides had the same problem, while my brother just got some nice scratches. I think the base on candides is a bit thin.
Here's a good idea from another ski website -
To make a core shot repair without the time and expense of taking your skis to a shop for a base weld ( a core shot is a deep gouge in the base that goes all the way through the p-tex to the core) use slow-cure epoxy and fill up the gouge, come back every once in a while and check the curing process and the hardness. As the epoxy hardens it will shrink a little, when this has happened but it is still slightly soft, use a razor blade or an x-acto knife to score a cross-hatch pattern in the epoxy. Don't just scratch it, score it well. Now let the epoxy set up completely (overnight) and then use a p-tex candle to fill up the hole. The epoxy, while drying, shrinks a bit to make a perfect well to fill with p-tex. The scoring in the epoxy gives the p-tex something to hold on to. Use your base scraper to level out the patch, wax your skis and you are good to go. Oh, the reason you want to use slow-cure epoxy, and not the five minute type, is that it is more waterproof. I have had this kind of patch job outlast an expensive base weld. A shop tech showed me how to do it!
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$50 for a base weld? It would have been cheaper to buy them a carton of beer, no ski tech I know would turn that down. A P-Tex candle will suffice for surface scratches, but imho, a core shot does need a P-Tex gun to get sorted properly. You have to dry the ski out first, cos if you put hot P-Tex onto a wet base, water expands and there goes your nice expensive skis. I've seen some literally pop. We fixed em, but they were never the same again.