Bring back the tack.
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- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I was told by a ski tech. to avoid using the transfer sheets because they are a royal pain in the ass and instead just Gold Label the entire skin. I tested the theories -- I Gold Labeled one skin and I used the transfer sheet on the other.
My opinion: Though the transfer sheet was, as I was told, much more of a pain in the ass, it worked much, much better.
This process takes a ton of patience and probably a few beers. To do a really thorough, good, and, especially clean job, expect this process to take you at least two hours ... per skin.
I removed all the old glue with the iron, paint scraper, paper bag method. It will probably take you two go-rounds to get all the old glue off.
Side note: My Black Diamond Ascension skins shrunk when I did this. Yes, shrunk ... by close to an inch. Yoi.
It is advised to cut the transfer sheets to fit your skin. I did not. I got 110 mm width transfers for 108 mm skis. It was really easy to pick the excess glue off once it dried.
Watch the videos on YouTube, take your time, and have some beers handy, this is your best bet for a skin re-glue.
Do not so the night before a tour ...
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I just took the old glue off my BD skins with the iron-paper bag method and applied the glue renew transfer. It worked fine, but it was a longgg process. To do one skin from start to finish took almost two hours.
Save this project for summer if you can!
It worked but wasn't easy.
I used this on some used skins I got really cheap but with really bad glue. The BD makes this process look pretty easy, but my experience with it found it to bde very messy and work intensive. Also, I spent a lot of time with the glue all over my hands, not great since it might be a carcinogen. Overall, I saved $60-70 vs buying new skins from Skins Direct.. Not worth it in my opinion. If you do go this route, definitely mask the plush side of your skins. Although my skins are awesomely sticky now.
So Far So good?
OK, I got started on this project the evening before I was going to go on a tour, and it did not go too well. I started trying to remove the glue from a 4 year old pair of BD Ascension skins that were really wasted with lots of debris, including hundreds of Lady bugs that got stuck on there. First I nailed the skins down on a scrap piece of OSB with the hair side up, and scrubbed them like crazy with simple green, rinsed well, and hung up to dry while I went for a bike ride. Next step was to nail them down to the OSB with the glue side up, and start with the brown paper bag system of glue removal....6 bags later, and the glue was starting to look real clean, so I tried to stick one on my ski, and it worked like new! So I just repeated the process to the other skin, and they work awesome!!! I never tried to put the new glue on the skins, I just revived the existing glue. I will save the glue sheets until next time and try to install them then.
By the way, the trick to removing the glue seems to be to work slowly by heating the paper with the iron, and slowly start lifting the bag an inch or two at a time, while moving the iron slowly ahead on the paper that is being lifted, rather than heating a larger area, then trying to lift it off. The paper will just stick to the skin glue. The iron needs to be very hot to work at all. You will need about 25 brown paper bags to do a pair of skins and a lot of patience! I just cut the bottoms out of the bags, and cut them down the middle into two sheets, which is enough to cover one skin. The glue only comes off in very little amounts at each heating. The good news is that you might be able to just revive your glue the way I did, without paying for the renew sheets.
Can these be used on any skins, that is,...
Can these be used on any skins, that is, is the glue all the same/compatible with other skins (G3's)?
I assume the glue will work with any skin, but try to revive it first the way I did. I also read somewhere that Parchment paper will work or you can try the brown paper that comes on rolls for painting, etc..