General instructions for ski waxing
Before you begin
Anytime you begin waxing, first wipe the base clean with Rex Remover or Rex Fluor Glide Cleaner. Also, using Rex #491 Base Paraffin that is scraped off when hot, is a effective method for base cleaning. Brush gently with a brass or steel brush to open up the base structure and remove old wax residue. Applying new wax into a dirty base is never a good idea.
For new or fresly ground ski bases, start with Rex Base Oil #430 or Base Paraffin #491. Continue with Blue Glider #423. For long distances and weary conditions we recommend an additional layer of Black Glider or Black LF. In racing use, Blue LF or Black LF are common under layers for any wax of the day. Melt the glide wax using a waxing iron, using the recommended temperature. The iron should be hot enough to melt the wax, but not as hot that the wax forms smoke. Let the ski cool down, scrape off excess wax and brush well with a nylon brush. Hard waxes like Black and Green are easier to scrape when still warm. More info about different waxing brushes is on their own product page.
Wax of the day
Waxing for the day begins with choosing a wax according to the temperature from Basic Glider, LF or HF series. Smooth with iron, scrape and brush well. Follow the waxing iron temperatures listed on the package. The best glide is always achieved with HF waxes, especially when it's moist.
Liquid LF and HF Gliders (Instant Glide)
Instant glide waxes have been getting better and better during the last few years, and we recommend them to all levels of skiers. If the base is dirty, clean it with Rex Remover or Rex Fluor Glide Cleaner first. Shake the bottle well, spread the wax with the applicator sponge and let dry. Finish with a nylon brush. For new and freshly ground skis we recommend hot waxing due to its better abrasion resistance, instant glide can be used from then on. Combining Rex Instant Glide with a fluoro block like Rex TK-72 is also a useful tip for skiing enthusiasts or junior racers!
Instructions for grip waxing
To begin the grip waxing process, make sure you start with a clean grip zone. Start by cleaning the ski with a plastic scraper to remove excess wax. Then use wax remover and fiberlene to clean any residue left on the ski. Allow the ski to dry for 5-10 minutes before waxing. Roughen the grip zone (where your heel contacts the ski and measure forward 50-70 cm). Use sandpaper 80-120 grit.
Using base wax secures the grip
For maximum performance, a base wax layer can be added to improve adhesion. In addition to Basewax (#190), in very icy conditions or where maximum durability is required, base klister (#290) or liquid base klister (#2901) make an excellent base wax. Crayon Basewax (#190) directly to the ski base, a single coat. Iron this in with a wax iron using a very low temperature setting and smooth out. Finish the process by smoothing with a synthetic cork.
The wax of the dayThe simplest method is to select a single wax for the days temperature and snow conditions. We recommend using our mobile app to get advice for choosing the wax of the day. (Android, iOS)Start by tearing away part of the wax tin and crayon a thin layer to the ski base. Smooth this out with a synthetic cork. Typically 3-5 coats are required, however this may vary based on the snow conditions and the skis camber. After each application you should use a synthetic cork to smooth out the wax. Also, each additional layer should be a couple of centimeters shorter than the one underneath, this creates a tapered effect and places the majority of wax under the high point of the ski, where it is needed.
An usual method is to use a softer wax in the lower layers, and then apply a harder wax for the final layer.
Rex basic grip waxes are suitable for most skiing conditions. However, when the conditions are challenging or you are racing, we recommend as the final layer or on its own:
- For artificial snow, hard tracks, old and moist snow: Racing Service Line TK-1814 -fluor grip wax
- For new snow: Racing Service Line 30G Fluor grip wax
- For hard, glazed, icy and worn tracks or long distances: PowerGrip Fluor grip waxes
- ProGrip fluor grip waxes for best glide properties when racing
The grip wax can be coated with Rex Grip Powder #477 or Hydrex flour liquid #470. This decreases stiction of dirt, and enhances the glide properties of wax without affecting grip.
Using Rex Quick Grip is simple: Shake the bottle, apply to grip zone and let dry. With Instant Grip wax, an smooth and thin layer of grip wax is easily achieved each time. If the grip is not strong enough, thicker layers are easier to achieve using Grip Tape or traditional kick wax instead.
Rex TapeGrip works on a wide temperature range and has an excellent abrasion resistance. Apply the tape as instructed in the package. For too stiff skis you can use an additional, slightly shorter layer of TapeGrip on top of the first one. You can also use other grip waxes on top of TapeGrip.
Instructions for klister waxing
Klisters are used when the conditions are either icy or slushy, and normal kick wax does not offer enough grip.
When choosing a klister, check the track, snow type, and current weather report for anticipated conditions. Rex klister’s are legendary for working well in a variety of conditions, but be aware even the best klister’s can ice up if the conditions are not watched carefully! Use our mobile app for easy selection of the correct klister! (Android, iOS)
To begin the klister waxing process, make sure you start with a clean grip zone. Start by cleaning the ski with a plastic scraper to remove excess wax. Then use wax remover and fiberlene to clean any residue left on the ski. Allow the ski to dry for 5-10 minutes before waxing. Roughen the grip zone (where your heel contacts the ski and measure forward 50-70 cm). Use sandpaper 80-120 grit.
To apply klister, it is recommended you use a heat gun or iron and a synthetic cork. Also klister should be applied at room temperature. Squeeze the tube and apply “stripes” from the center groove about 3 cm apart. Smooth the klister with a heat gun or iron and finish with a synthetic cork. Warmer weather klister’s are very soft and you can apply them with your thumb. Before skiing, the skis need to sit outside for at least five minutes to cool the wax. If you do not allow the wax to cool and harden you run the risk of icing up the base.
For maximum durability and performance you can start by applying Rex Base Klister #290 (or Liquid Base Klister #2901) as a base layer. Once applied you need to allow this klister to cool (harden) before you move on to the wax choice of the day. A second coat of that days wax placed under the foot may be needed if the skis are very stiff.
The new Rex Liquid Klisters make klister waxing super easy. Especially base klister is where our new liquid klister concept shines, because a thin and even layer of base klister can be achieved easily every time. Liquid klisters work great on classic skis with low wax chamber. For skis with a higher wax camber "klister skis", thicker layers can be more easily achieved using traditional klister but the base klister can still made with liquid. Liquid klisters can also easily be added on top of other waxes, even while skiing.
Coating with Hydrex for improved dirt pick-up resistance
To help prevent icing, it is highly recommended you apply a thin coat of Rex Hydrex Gel over the last klister layer. This will not impede the klister’s ability to grip but will help prevent icing, the collection of dirt, and prevent the wax from migrating to the tail of the ski.
Mohair grip zone skis, Nanogrip skis and other no-wax skis
Mohair grip zone skis (skin skis)
Use Rex Skin Care #508 spray to clean the grip insert of the ski. Use Hydrex fluor liquid #470 for maximum dirt repellency and glide
Nanogrip and Optigrip skis
Apply Rex Anti-Ice Glider #507 to prevent icing. Anti-Ice Glider also enhances the glide properties of the ski.
Zero classic skis
Apply Rex Anti-Ice Glider #507 to prevent icing. For racing, use Rex Hydrex fluorinated coating on grip zone.
Step grip zone skis
Low-cost waxfree skis that have a step grip zone often have a base material that differs from better skis. We recommend using Quick Glide on the glide zones. You can also use Rex Quick Grip on the grip zone to enhance the grip.
More waxing tips from Rex Ski Wax mobile application
Download our free mobile app to get waxing instructions for every condition and skier level. Download links for all mobile operating systems:
Waxing videos on our YouTube channel
On our YouTube channel you can view waxing videos that cover all our products and skill levels from beginners to world cup racers.