Originally Posted by surf88
Wax and p-tex are easy. But I dont know any DIY ways of tuning my base or sharpening my edges with out expensive machines. Anybody have any tips?
I could make a crack about skiing soft snow so the edges don't matter but your question is important so:
The easiest/best thing you can do: buy a couple blocks of wax (warm and cold anyways) and use them...alot. Not only will your skiis slide easier, your bases will last longer (like oil for the engine...), This, in itself will make the single biggest difference for you. You don't have to be fancy or anything, just be careful NOT to leave the iron in one place too long (BAD for ski...) other than that, slather it on, scrape off with plastic scraper and voila! (OH, PLEEZ use a fan, respirator or other ventilation as melted wax fumes are very bad for your lungs...)
Next best: get a diamondstone for your pocket to slide along edges when you get a nick, ding, etc...as these can make a difference in your skiis performance.
If you want to get your own file/tool, it wouldn't hurt to look around for a clinic some where to learn how to do it right. My .02cents
As to edge angles, every ski company, and many models have a different 'spec' for base and sidewall edge angles. check with them before going to town...again, it WILL make a difference.
If you don't ski over too many rocks or tons of hard snow, a shop tune a time or three a year would likely be fine with the occasional diamondstone touch-up and frequent waxing...
Also, at the end of the season, slap a thick coat of wax on your bases to seal them up for the summer (don't scrape...)