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My new ski are in bad shape now

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Hi everybody, i'm new to this forum and I would like to talk about the problem that I encoutered today.

First of all, last week, I bought a brand new pair of nordica speed machine 12. I skied with them 2 times since then and now, the base of my ski (underneith) is in bad shape. It looks like I have hitten a rock or something. There's a small part of ''plastic'' that as gone and now, I can see the wood of the ski. This hole (scratch) is right near the edge. It's like 1 inch by half inch wide.

Here it is, my vendor told my today that they can repair them with a stuff (like plastic filler) and they will after perform a polishing. Do you think this reparation will last long ? Is it the good choice to make ?

Thanks a lot... I'm pretty upset right now about that situation.
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A good tech will sort you right out. Nothing to worry about. A good tech mind. Twisted Evil
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Bases get damaged all the time. Unfortunately its different when it happens to you, isn't it Skullie . It shouldnt hamper your performance in the slightest, most people have plenty of skis that have been in the wars. As long as they know what they are doing, which they should, have no fear.
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Mobil1, welcome to snowheads, any decent ski shop will be to effect repairs, You won't even be able to see where the repair was.


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Mobil1, welcome. Does your user name reflect your car drinking 11 litres of the expensive stuff every service?

Talking services, as David@traxvax, says, you shouldn't be able to notice the repair, and the plastic they use is much cheaper than that 0W-40 stuff you otherwise use!
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Can someone recomend a decent tech in Val Thorens? my week old Atomic SuperCross SXs bases are looking rather battered, including 2 pritty deep trenches which go very near to the edge. was almost in tears when i got home, to top it all some idiot ESF instructor skied over the top of the back half of the skis taking a massive great chunk out. Crying or Very sad
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the_fatadder, Try CC Sports in the Altneige building, behind the Ski Rock Cafe. A small place, but they always do a good job with my skis.
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Mobil1, AS everyone says - the repair should be fine. Are you anything to do with drag racing - I remember a certain top fuel car called Mobil1 breaking the European record a few years ago....... David Murdoch, they drink about that per second I think!!!! and nitro methane at that!!!!!!
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Mobil1, The important thing is to get the repair done asap particularly if it has exposed the core of the ski.
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Rocks ruin skis.
That's why instructors keep at least one pair of rock-hoppers in reserve for times in the winter when you can't avoid pesky little pieces of mountain.
Rental shops won't refuse business when pistes are scratchy, so keep pristine skis for good conditions - instead of wrecking them. There's no point in skiing top quality skis when it's inevitable that they will be ruined.
Rental skis should be respected and not abused recklessly.

As for getting skis repaired, it can be expensive. I sometimes use a method I learned 30 years ago. Small but deep damage can be filled with two-part epoxy glue like Araldite Rapid. Wait for the glue to harden, but not completely harden - about 10 mins - and then shave any excess glue with something like a Stanley knife to level the repair with the ski base and edges.

If anyone's got any up-to-date ideas of base repair products that are available for small DIY repairs like this, please post away. Patching of areas of damaged base can be done, but it's certainly a job for a pro, with the right tools and materials.
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The important thing is to get the repair done asap particularly if it has exposed the core of the ski.


especially if its near the edge - you increase the risk of busting an edge out which is a much more serious repair
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If anyone's got any up-to-date ideas of base repair products that are available for small DIY repairs like this, please post away. Patching of areas of damaged base can be done, but it's certainly a job for a pro, with the right tools and materials.


For small areas of damage (not the large area as damaged bY Mobil1) use a Ptex stick. You light the end and the Ptex drips onto the ski. If the scratch is deep need to add it in thin layers. Then scrape it flat with a metal scraper. I've repaired my rock hoper skis that way, no problems. Not so good for larger areas of damage down to the base, or for filling the patch that has come out of the said rock hoper skis.
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