January 26, 2016 at 1:06 pm #127511
One of my best friends, a Brazilian biathlete/cross-country skier, had a little accident today during training. On the track, all of a sudden there was a place where there wasn’t quite enough snow to cover the asphalt, resulting in her brand new classic skis having quite a nasty set of scratches.
Now that neither of us are experts in repairing and she doesn’t really have someone physically close at the moment who might be, I’m asking it here (among other places). Basically my question, are these scrathes beyond repair or shouldn’t she worry too much?
It’s 3 photos of the same ski, which was needed to show the entire big scratch. The other ski has some damage as well, but less significant.
Kind regards and I hope I’ve asked it in the right place of the forum 🙂January 28, 2016 at 10:58 am #127604
Hey! The scratches are not that bad. I recommend some steel scraping to make them shallower. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqXF2haNvz8
MagnusJanuary 28, 2016 at 4:14 pm #127608
They make P tex candles to repair this. You can buy them where you buy wax. Clean the ski with wax remover . Lay the ski flat,light the candle and drip it in the grooves. Make sure you don’t burn the house down. Take a metal scraper and scrap the extra off tip to tail. Wax ski and carry on. Be more carefull where you ski and every skier must have a pair of rock ski’s for low snow conditions. T.HJanuary 30, 2016 at 4:30 am #127666
Thanks for the replies, very helpful and good to ease her mind a lot!
About the pair of rock ski’s: it would be great if that was possible, but the financial situation simply doesn’t allow for any “extra’s”. Also, snow conditions were good apparently, just all of a sudden in one small place for some reason there was barely any snow.
Being careful is definitely what will happen 🙂February 1, 2016 at 12:05 pm #127780
NO ptex please. Pack them up and send them to a good stone grinder. Boulder Nordic Sport or Caldwell Sport. The scratches aren’t that bad and will largely grind out and leave you with a fresh fast ski.
If you cant afford that, do nothing. A void is faster than crappy plastic and you will surely ruin any grind the skis have in the process of scraping the repairs. A little steel scraping, and only a little, and some 2000grit sandpaper could help mellow sharp edges. No Ptex. Ptex is for core shots only.February 3, 2016 at 10:51 am #127871
Man some people have read too many magazines and hung out in too many wax rooms putting on floro with no mask.February 7, 2016 at 10:22 pm #128268
Get a stone grind at the end of the season if you want but that will just make the scratches a little shallower. Hot waxing the ski a few times will help as the base of the scratch, which is compressed ptex, will reexpand a bit when heated. But the reality is that those scratches have almost zero effect on how the ski performs. The impact is mostly psychological. DO NOT try to fill with molten ptex and then scrape flat. That would be a ton of work and will result in a slower ski if you do a good job. If you do a bad job you will seriously mess them up.March 7, 2016 at 8:54 pm #129423
The scratches are minor and will not affect the glide really. A bad base would be a much bigger problem. Get these skis stone grinded with a proper xc ski machine there 3-4 good places in north america. Very simple fix. Also, I second the rock skids, warm up skis etc…
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