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Cleaning the sticky side of skins

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I followed some YouTube instructions to wipe with household detergent (washing up liquid?) and then rinse, but this hasn’t removed all the grime on them. It seems to be ingrained in the glue after all the muddy / dusty spring touring. Any ideas?
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@BobinCH, a (less than helpful) idea now, don't ask youtube before you ask here. Very Happy
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I have no experience of this at all and am very unlikely to ever gain any, but does the existence of this not suggest you simply strip it off and re-apply a new sticky layer?


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@BobinCH, I am only an amateur in this, being an up the side of the piste tourer Laughing but I suspect you are fighting a losing battle as the muck has now been "grabbed" by the glue and the only way is to remove / dissolve the glue and recoat? I understand that is not a quick, or easy, process ? Be interested to hear what people have to say as mine are a bit like that. Still stick to skis at present though.
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I've had decent results with parchment/baking paper. You put that over the skin and then run a hot iron over a few times and seemed to pull off a lot of dirt and pine needles and keeps them sticky. Not perfect though and you can always strip and re-glue but a bigger job.
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I’m not an expert especially because mine are soaked with fish guts but have revitalised glue with silicone grease proof paper on the glue and a warm wax iron on the paper. Lifts the dirt out the glue. Mine still smell like 2 day old hooker though.
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Thanks for the feedback. They still stick so I’m loathe to start stripping the glue off. Might try the grease proof paper idea. If not will take them to a shop. Thanks!
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ster wrote:
@BobinCH, a (less than helpful) idea now, don't ask youtube before you ask here. Very Happy


You are most probably right!
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Mine still smell like 2 day old hooker though.


I'm not sure that means what I think it does Shocked
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@BobinCH, as long as they stick don't worry - pine/larch needles are a real pain, as are the skins falling off the washing line onto the grass, and then having three dogs also adds another layer of dog hair too Laughing
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ousekjarr wrote:
hang11 wrote:
Mine still smell like 2 day old hooker though.


I'm not sure that means what I think it does Shocked


Hopefully not!
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Use the matt side of the paper sheets the skins came with on the glue and iron gently, the wax will rejuvenate (most likely)........
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Baking paper and Iron, can rejuvinate the wax. You won't get the muck out. To do that you need to get the glue off and re apply. Nasty sticky messy job, You tube can explain better than me... I've done 5+ pairs and haven't managed it easily or without sticky mess yet.
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