1) Wax. I use all-temp Lib Tech banana wax. 10 bucks it'll last you a good season. I wax my skis everytime before I shred.
2) Iron. Doesn't need to be anything special. I use one I aquired for 4 bucks from goodwill. Better to get one without holes, but if not no big deal. A lot of the stuff you hear about "proper ski iron holding constant temps" is usually just a gimick.
3) Wax scraper. I use a Swix one I bought for 5 bucks from my local shop. Try to find one with an edge scraper too ps.
3) Brilla pad. I don't use brushes, just some good 'ol green brilla pad to buff my wax. I let the slopes do the rest of the cleaning.
1) Find stable work table and clip boot into ski, or use something to hold the brakes from deploying.
2) Heat iron. Hot enough to melt the max, but not hot enough to cause it to smoke. If it's smoking, turn the iron down. I heat mine at about 50% heat.
3) Drip wax from tip of iron onto skis. Iron wax into skis moving from tip to tail and vice versa in a linear motion. Make sure to get full coverage.
4) I usually let my wax harden for about 5-10 minutes before scraping. It's not necessary if you're pinched for time say morning of the slopes opening, but it allows the base to absorb the wax better.
5) Angle the scraper at a 45 degree angle and scrap wax off moving from tip to tail. Buff rest of wax off with a brilla pad moving from tip to tail. Use edge scraper (if applicable) to scrap wax off of edges.
6) Shred brah!
7) Refer to sticky for a better in-depth tutorial.
BTW, use a PLASTIC wax scraper. Try to avoid a metal one.
Glad I could help man! Sorry I must have mis-interpreted your post. Ignore the instructions! Start up cost will run you 20-30 bucks but pay for itself in just a few days at the mountain!
Good luck bro! There's always a cheaper way to do more expensive things ;)