you usually won't have to wax your rail, but if you do, i have used candle wax. i don't know if it is different for metal rails, but i have just rubbed an old candle over pvc and put water on it and it actually makes it a lot faster.
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yea i just use candle wax if i bother using anything
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At our mountain the rails are usually covered in rust, so we pick up big ice chunks and "wax" them with that. Your skis stick to the rust, not the actual metal. So as long as your rail is smooth you shouldn't need any wax.
Oh and make sure it's not aluminum cause you will catch your edge.
for my friends backyard setup rail oneof us would scrape the rust off with a tail of a ski and then we would use our "special blend wax" to wax it and it would be like sliding on butter. It worked very well.
Special blend wax: A huge thing of normal candle wax melted down into a mold and compressed so the bonds were closer (I think?) But it slid a lot nicer than the wax unmelted.
If you have a nice enough rail though it shouldn't need wax.
Why should you never wax rails to ski on? A lot of times rails get sticky from the coating and sure a little ice will work fine but sometimes it needs some wax to ride smoothly. And also why especially on pvc? I almost always wax my rails like once a session. PVC left outside gets real sticky and doesn't slide well. One rub of wax down and back and you're golden
ive jibbed all types of different pvc sizes and lenghts and i never ever had to put wax on it.. in my experience pvc always slider smooth. actually ive never put wax on anything and ive done lots of street rails.. even a 50 foot wooden rail.
Not correct. Waxing your bases protects them; waxing PVC and metal protects it too. The wax makes the rail slide more consistently. No grippy spots. When you get hung up, your forward edge can dig in and then you have a burr on your rail. If you want your rail to stay nice longer, use wax.
To OP, I use orange swix. Brand doesn't matter but warm weather wax has worked great for me. I just rub it on the PVC and it slides great. Very predictable with no slow spots. I have also used it on a crappy little skateboard rail. Before wax no slide, after wax good slide. I have not tried candle wax. You could also try bees wax sold in every hardware store. The reason I would go for ski wax though is that it will get on your bases too. If you use candle wax or something else and you don't clean the stuff off and hot wax your skis again before the season, your skis may be butt slow on snow.
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