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climbing skins--renewing old glue

Postby Biff » Thu Jan 11, 2018 7:55 am

So I got a nifty new pair of big fat pow skis (Liberty Schusters) and took out my fattest skins to see if they would fit. Only thing is that the glue is getting pretty tired. So my question is... before dealing with removing old glue and putting on new which as I recall is very time consuming as well as frustrating, what can I do to try to renew the glue that's already there? I know there is something you can do with an iron.
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Re: climbing skins--renewing old glue

Postby RobRox » Thu Jan 11, 2018 8:03 am

Brown paper bags....
make long strips of the bag, three per bag for fatties
put plain paper side down on the glue
heat with iron
peel paper as you go, within a few seconds of soak-in time
let skins cool a bit but move on to the next step while they are a little warm
stick them on your boards and rub them on tight (smooths the surface)
pull the skins and store as normal
repeat as needed
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Re: climbing skins--renewing old glue

Postby Dirk » Thu Jan 11, 2018 8:09 am

You can do everything that rob suggests, and you probably should. But if you're lazy and pressed for time (or maybe just a little bit drunk) you can just take an iron (NOT the good iron) and run it right over the old glue and smear it around a little. It helps cover the bare patches and dispels water that may have worked its way into the glue. Let the glue cool and dry before using the skins or folding them back up.
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Re: climbing skins--renewing old glue

Postby Biff » Thu Jan 11, 2018 8:37 am

Cool guys... thanks. Rob, when you say "plain paper side down".... do bags have a plain and not plain side?

Yea Dirk, I can see Chake now the next time she uses the iron and gets glue on her nicest shirt. But I'll just blame you. (I'll leave out where you said "NOT the good iron") :)
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Re: climbing skins--renewing old glue

Postby RobRox » Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:11 am

Biff wrote:Cool guys... thanks. Rob, when you say "plain paper side down".... do bags have a plain and not plain side?

Yea Dirk, I can see Chake now the next time she uses the iron and gets glue on her nicest shirt. But I'll just blame you. (I'll leave out where you said "NOT the good iron") :)
Plain, as in no supermarket logo, etc. This implies use of those heavy duty handle bags you see at supermarkets. Reuse is good, extending the service life of skins is sacred work....
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Re: climbing skins--renewing old glue

Postby Biff » Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:17 am

Here is another question.... when you want to remove the glue they say to use bags and an iron. If I do the bags to "renew" what keeps the glue from coming off?
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Re: climbing skins--renewing old glue

Postby RobRox » Thu Jan 11, 2018 1:49 pm

Some glue (along with debris) does come off. I have used the method below twice in the last two months w/o pulling it all off anywhere along the skins. So far, so good but next time, I'll have to pull the center strip to even out the levels.
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Re: climbing skins--renewing old glue

Postby Biff » Thu Jan 11, 2018 2:04 pm

Great. Thanks.
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Re: climbing skins--renewing old glue

Postby Dirk » Thu Jan 11, 2018 2:57 pm

One more thing - when you do this, put the skins on a workbench or other surface you don't mind ruining, and clamp the skin taut at both ends. Otherwise, you'll just wind up making an ungodly mess.
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Re: climbing skins--renewing old glue

Postby RobRox » Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:26 pm

Dirk wrote:One more thing - when you do this, put the skins on a workbench or other surface you don't mind ruining, and clamp the skin taut at both ends. Otherwise, you'll just wind up making an ungodly mess.
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I use a long piece of 2X8 with heat resistant foil along the length...we use it as a backing plate with our IR paint stripper
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Re: climbing skins--renewing old glue

Postby Biff » Thu Jan 11, 2018 10:18 pm

I put them out on my work bench and did the brown paper thing. Went real easy. I did not put them on the skis so won't know till then how well it worked but it seemed good.

Of course now that I got my new fatties you can kiss all the snow goodby...
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Re: climbing skins--renewing old glue

Postby RobRox » Fri Jan 12, 2018 8:12 am

Biff wrote:I put them out on my work bench and did the brown paper thing. Went real easy. I did not put them on the skis so won't know till then how well it worked but it seemed good.

Of course now that I got my new fatties you can kiss all the snow goodby...
Did the debris come off too?

As for the fatties being an anti-charm.... Some friends booked for Japan a while back and now the dates have arrived, it suddely turns to rain where tthey are going and back home 'Laska will get 5 feet, at least. The Vortex will bring us some of that soon :)
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Re: climbing skins--renewing old glue

Postby Biff » Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:34 am

Unfortunately most of the debris stayed on.
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