How to Wax & Tune


Before I begin tuning, I like to get my entire set of tools ready. This way I have them all within reach, which saves time. There are a number of tools you will need for tuning your skis. First you will need a stand for your skis. This will prevent damage to your bindings. You will also need a mill file, file guide, diamond stone, paintbrush, gummy stone and a brake-restraining device.

The file is used to sharpen the edges. It is a good idea to use a black felt tip marker to mark the edge of the ski. As you use the file to sharpen the edge you should file just until the felt marker has been removed from the edges.

A file guide is a simple device that holds your file at a desired angle. The file guides come in four different angles. There is a 90, 89, 88, and 87. Before selecting your file guide, make sure you determine the degree of bevel set on your ski.

A diamond stone won't make the edge as sharp as the file, rather it is used to remove burs that form on the edges. It basically buffs the edge and is used to finish the edge after filing.

The paintbrush is actually an important tool when tuning skis. As you tune skis tiny the file takes off pieces of your edge. If these metal filings are not cleaned from the base of the ski they can become embedded in the base of the ski. After each repetition with the file it is strongly recommended that you brush the file, the file guide and the ski to remove any metal filings. This will reduce the chance of the edge particles becoming embedded in the base.

The gummy stone is used to de-tune the tip and tail of the ski by slightly dulling the edge.

The brake-restraining device holds the ski brake down allowing the file and the waxing iron to pass along the base of the ski.