Removing kick wax

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Removing kick wax

Postby ivymike » Mon Feb 12, 2018 1:35 pm

Noob skiier here, struggled with slippery conditions near Mt. Hood staying just below freezing with old, choppy snow. I ended up using A LOT of kick wax for a slightly colder temp, which ended up working well enough to get me through the trail. Unfortunately, there are globs of wax and debris picked up through the trail. Any good tricks for getting the wax off? I've used citrus solvents on thinner layer but this is a thick, visible layer of wax and pine needles.

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Re: Removing kick wax

Postby Woodserson » Mon Feb 12, 2018 1:43 pm

Take your nordic wax-scraper and remove as much as possible using the beveled edge. Then, I use this highly dangerous smelling and looking Toko Wax Remover HC3. I think it takes a year off my life everytime I use it, but it works like a charm, however I only use it when desperate.

Swix makes a bunch too.

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Re: Removing kick wax

Postby fisheater » Mon Feb 12, 2018 3:03 pm

I use Goo Gone, you can pick it up at you local auto parts store. Smells like citrus as I believe it is citrus based. I spray, let sit for 5-10 minutes, and scrape or clean with a rag. Repeat if necessary.
https://googone.com/products/automotive-spray-gel/

Works for me, and pretty cheap

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Re: Removing kick wax

Postby HBS » Mon Feb 12, 2018 6:02 pm

I'm 90% certain the swix wax remover is just mineral spirits but maybe someone else can confirm.

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Re: Removing kick wax

Postby lowangle al » Mon Feb 12, 2018 6:37 pm

I used paint thinner recently and it worked like a charm.

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Re: Removing kick wax

Postby phoenix » Mon Feb 12, 2018 9:12 pm

I scrape them down to as clean as possible (made easier if you let the skis set outside and get good and cold, particularly for warm waxes). I use a sharp, clean scraper for this; usually a metal one - seems to clean better than a plastic, but requires a little more care in use. If there's still residue to remove, my preference is Swix base cleaner, liquid, used somewhat sparingly. Sometimes applying some heat will allow you to remove the last bit with a rag is an alternative (careful not to overheat the bases if you try this).


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