Glide Tape Application

Glide Tape Application

Glide tapes are a unique way to apply super-hard paraffin glide waxes without going through the trouble associated with ironing hard melt waxes or synthetic hardener powders. Because of the hardness of glide tape waxes, you get excellent performance, particularly in abrasive snow or very cold snow. These are also some of the most durable waxes available making them a great choice for marathoners or those that prefer to wax less frequently.

How-To Video

Step-by-Step

1) Begin by making sure your skis are clean. Scraped, brushed and ready for wax.</li>

2) Unroll the glide tape covering the entire glide zone. Make sure the side of the tape marked up is facing up.

3) Using an iron set to 180C (Very hot. Most irons can't achieve this temperature so make sure you have a high-quality iron.) quickly pass the iron over the tape without letting the iron rest in any one place for very long. We want to avoid overheating the base and damaging your skis.

4) Remove the tape and immediately pass the iron over the wax again. Move the iron even faster this time and be twice as careful not to let the iron stay in one spot.

5) Since glide tape waxes are extremely hard, take a hard nylon hand brush or hard nylon roto brush to the base before the wax has a chance to cool and harden.

6) Set the ski aside to cool. 5 minutes.

7) Once the ski has cooled, vigorously use a horsehair hand brush or roto brush to remove the excess wax. There is no need to scrape glide tape!

8) Next, pass a steel or brass hand brush down the ski in the direction of travel (from the tip towards the tail) for 4-5 passes using light pressure.

9) Polish the base with a hard nylon hand brush or roto brush. Brush vigorously until the base is shiny.

10) Consider finishing your ski by adding structure with a rill tool if there is a lot of moisture in the snow, or if it is very cold or dry, finish the ski with some pink paper or a rill for cold temperatures.

Wax & Tools for Glide Tape Application

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Ski Waxing Safety Measures

When applying ski wax products, it's crucial to prioritize safety to minimize exposure to potentially harmful dust, fumes, or residues. By implementing proper safety measures, you can enjoy a safe and successful waxing process.

Follow these Safe Waxing Guidelines:

  1. Choose a Well-Ventilated Space: Opt for outdoor waxing whenever possible to ensure proper ventilation. If indoors, make sure there's adequate air exchange, such as using range hoods or fans. Notify waxing facility staff or race organizers if ventilation is lacking.
  2. Use A Respirator: The ski waxing process produces smoke, dust and fumes. Respirators that cover your eyes are best and check the cartridges for a fluorocarbon rating. Be mindful that smoke from waxing irons & waxing machines, dust from scraping and brushing, evaporating solvents in liquid waxes, dust from wool-apply waxes, and fumes from heating grip waxes and klisters are all present in the wax room. 
  3. Minimize Skin Exposure; Wear Gloves: Chemical compounds present in various wax types can be absorbed through the skin. Wearing gloves not only keep your hands clean, but it is essential to reduce exposure to potentially harmful compounds.
  4. Limit Wax Room Access: Ensure that only authorized individuals involved in the waxing process are present in the wax room.
  5. Proper Wax Waste Disposal: Dispose of wax shavings and dust responsibly by collecting them in a plastic garbage bag.

Prioritize Safety for Your Well-Being and the Environment

With a commitment to responsible practices, any wax can be utilized safely while minimizing harm to both your well-being and the environment. By adhering to the recommended safety protocols every time you enter a wax room and equipping yourself with the appropriate safety gear, you can confidently achieve optimal results and fully enjoy the performance of your fast skis.

Remember, your safety is paramount, and responsible waxing ensures a rewarding experience for everyone involved. Enjoy your skiing adventures to the fullest!