Treating Zeros and Crown Skis

Treating Zero & Crown/Fish Scale Skis

Despite being marketed as "waxless", zeros skis or crown skis (aka Fish Scale Skis) still benefit from certain waxing procedures. Out of the basic convenience of liquid waxes, we generally only recommend using liquids on your waxless skis to gain improved glide and to avoid icing in Orange or Red snow conditions. You can use any liquid glide wax on your zeros or crown skis but some wax manufacturers make special products specifically for these waxless skis.

How-To Video


1) Before applying any wax products to your skis, grab a liquid base cleaner and cloth or fiberlene and wipe off any dirt & grime that might be on the ski base. Clean off the grip zone as well with the liquid base cleaner.

2) Even before the solvents from the base cleaner have evaporated, you can grab a metal brush if you have one or a nylon brush and give the bases an additional cleaning with the brush. After brushing a few times, repeat step 1 with the liquid base cleaner and repeat until the cloth no longer picks up dirt.

3) Apply the liquid wax over the entire ski base, grip zone included, according to the instructions on the bottle. Different waxes have different recommended dry times so be sure to let the wax dry for the time it needs.

4) Some liquid waxes require brushing after the solvents have dried so check the bottle for any additional finishing instructions.

Wax & Tools for Treating Zero & Crown/Fish Scale Skis

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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!