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Alternative to a metal scraper - base repairs

 Poster: A snowHead
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Hi,

I have a couple of big gouges out of my bases and am looking to p-tex them before the weekend.

I won't have time to get to my local ski shop however homebase is very close. Is there anything I can use from a standard DIY shop to take off the excess p-tex?
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stanley sureform blades do it very nicely (the ones that look like a cheese grater, flex it gently, go carefully with light pressure and it will take down the excess without damaging the base
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Without the handle?

https://www.homebase.co.uk/stanley-surform-moulded-shaver-tool_p003262
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You can buy the same ‘ptex scraper’ that is sold at a premium by some ski shops from DIY stores or Amazon for half the price.

Search for the Bacho 665 - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bahco-Carbide-Edged-Paint-Scraper/dp/B000288LP6?tag=amz07b-21
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@roscoeh, i would use a longer version blade only as it is more flexible
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I have used a very large carving knife in the past. It actually did a good job
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Stanley knife blade held at both ends and gently pulled over the top of the Ptex towards you, shaving a little off each time until you get to the base. Then lightly sand and finish off with wire wool.
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A wide, sharp wood chisel works well.
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I normal remove the excess with a wide chisel and then sad back to add structure.
I've used the edge of the other ski in an emergency and it worked well.
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@roscoeh, AS CEM said larger sure form, if using a metal scraper of any kind including Stanley knife bead work from the centre to the edge or you will pull the Ptex out, if using a chisel be very careful to not dig into the base, take a small layer of at a time
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Don't use a Surform, way too sharp! This is what you need:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Feilenblatt-Grob-350mm-Karosseriefeilenblatt-Hobel-Raspel-Metall-Karosserie/111536502932?hash=item19f817f894:g:gjwAAOSwc6JaX8Uz

Up to you where you get it from, I've used these for 30+ years now Very Happy
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Call me old fashioned but I used to use a plain metal edge. Admittedly, back in the late ‘70s
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@under a new name, did it not catch on the screws used to hold the edges in?
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gvj wrote:
A wide, sharp wood chisel works well.


Charliee wrote:
I normal remove the excess with a wide chisel and then sad back to add structure.....

This. A 25mm wide chisel is ideal. Hold as horizontal as possible. Waaaaay superior to any of the tools suggested above (I've used them all).
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@spyderjon, what’s wrong with the sureform blade?????, used them for many a year back in the day
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Wide range of favourite tools! So it boils down to what suits the user and trims off the excess ptex without damaging the base.....
Maybe the OP could try some of the aforementioned tools on an old ski to see which works best for him before going for it on his faves!
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CEM wrote:
@spyderjon, what’s wrong with the sureform blade?????, used them for many a year back in the day

Nowt wrong with it, just a sharp chisel is better as it'll make a flat cut as well as riding across the structure so setting a level etc. Plus you get a clear view of what you're cutting as opposed to the base being partially obscured.
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I sometimes use a small plane that shaves off a thin slice with each pass.
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@spyderjon, ...yep...25 mm chisel both cheap and very effective - keeps everything engineering-flat and is highly controllable - used the same chisel on ptex for 15 years still razor sharp. Perfect.
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