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Wax Application: Grip (Kick) Wax

GENERAL CONCEPTS

1. You must decide on the exact application area before applying the grip wax.
2. The length of the area to be waxed varies depending on the hardness of the ski, the weight and strength of the person and his/her individual style.
3. The central strip must never be waxed with gripping products.

As a general rule, stick and klister products should be applied in areas shown below (in centimeters):

STICK

1. Cover the area to be treated with grip wax with masking tape and then wax the rest of the ski with sliding wax (tip and tail);

2. Use a couple of strips of masking tape to mark the start and end of the gripping area to avoid applying the grip wax over the areas already waxed. Then sandpaper the area (150 or 100 grit depending on whether you use stick or klister);

3. Apply a thin layer of Orange S60 hardening base if the snow is rough. Melt this onto the skis using a waxing iron at roughly 80° C and then wait for the skis to cool for about 15 minutes.

4. Once completely cooled, spread the wax on the skis with synthetic cork (backwards and forwards);
5. Apply several layers (4-6) of the relevant wax to suit the actual skiing conditions, each time spreading it properly with synthetic cork. The amount of wax needed depends on the distance you intend to cover and the roughness of the snow.

KLISTER

1. Cover the area to be treated with grip wax with masking tape and then wax the rest of the ski with sliding wax (tip and tail);

2. Use a couple of strips of masking tape to mark the start and end of the gripping area to avoid applying the grip wax over the areas already waxed. Then sandpaper the area (150 or 100 grit depending on whether you use stick or klister);

3. Always apply a layer of Green K82 basic wax in a “herringbone” fashion. Melt this onto the ski using a waxing iron at roughly 80° C;

4. Without waiting for the ski to cool, spread the wax backwards and forwards using your thumb. Now wait for the skis to cool completely;

5. Apply one or more layers of klister (“herringbone” fashion) to suit the actual skiing conditions and using the right mix. Thumb apply;

NB: don’t apply too much or your skis may slide and grip less.

CLEANING

1. Use a paintbrush to apply the Clean detergent in the gripping area;
2. Wait 2-3 minutes for the detergent to work;
3. Remove the grip wax with a sharp scraper;
4. Repeat the above steps until all the grip wax has been removed;
1. Thoroughly clean the entire ski as for sliding waxes.

USEFUL TIPS

-Stick products can also be used to cover klister products and so avoid that these ice over (meaning the skis may lose their grip).
Wait for the skis to cool, apply the stick and then lightly and quickly smooth with synthetic cork.
-If using klister waxes at low temperatures, don’t forget to carry a portable gas flame to heat the wax, mix it and then spread it with your thumb or palm.

 
 

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