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    Ski Waxing Brush Buying Guide

    How to Choose Ski Waxing Brushes

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    When it comes to selecting the right brushes for ski waxing, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the options available. But fear not, we’re here to simplify the process for you.

    Firstly, let’s talk about the two main types of brushes: hand brushes and roto brushes. Hand brushes are manually operated and great for most individuals. On the other hand, roto brushes are powered by an electric drill, making them ideal for those who frequently wax multiple skis or own a collection of snowboards.

    Let’s delve into hand brushes first. You have two primary shape options: rectangular and oval. Rectangular brushes are more common and budget-friendly, while oval brushes offer a larger surface area, allowing for quicker waxing sessions. If you’re a dedicated waxer or have wider skis or a snowboard, investing in an oval brush might be worthwhile.

    Now, onto roto brushes. These cylindrical brushes come in various lengths, with 100mm being the standard size. For snowboards, you can find longer 300mm brushes. You’ll need a shaft and handle to attach the brush to the drill, ensuring safety with included shields to prevent wax particles from reaching your eyes.

    Once you’ve chosen between hand and roto brushes, the next step is selecting the right material. Here’s a breakdown of some common brush materials and their uses:

    • Stiff Steel: Ideal for refreshing base structure, available as hand brushes only.
    • Steel/Fine Steel: Versatile and long-lasting, used for prepping bases or as a second brush after scraping. Can be used by hand or with a roto.
    • Brass, Copper, or Bronze: Essential for prepping bases, removing oxidation, old wax, and debris. Can also be used as the first brush after scraping when applying cold waxes. Available for both hand and roto use.
    • Nylon: Essential for soft waxes, used as the first brush after scraping. Available for both hand and roto use.
    • Combo: Features brass/nylon bristles in one brush, suitable for Nordic skis but requires more effort for wider skis or snowboards. Hand only.
    • Horsehair: Used for polishing bases and breaking static, available for both hand and roto use.
    • Soft Nylon: Ideal for polishing hi-fluoro overlays or buffing paste waxes. Available for both hand and roto use.
    • Wild Boar Hair: Stiff brush used as the first brush after scraping.
    • Cork: Not technically a brush but used to apply hi-fluoro overlays by creating heat through friction. Available for both hand and roto use.

    Remember, the longer the bristles, the softer the brush. For essential ski waxing, brass and nylon brushes are a must-have, while horsehair can add extra polish or work well with overlays.

    When using roto brushes, follow recommended drill RPMs and apply light pressure. Safety glasses are essential, and consider using a respirator, especially with hi-fluoro overlays.

    Reach out directly if you need further help and we will glady guide you! 

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