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Bored already

thagerthager Posts: 4,916 Mega Baller
edited November 2009 in Technique & Theory
Got bored yesterday so I removed and polished the finbox from my OB elite. Nice shiny polished aluminum now. Looks very nice. Man. it's going to be a long off-season.
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  • TuneyTuney Posts: 244 Baller
    I hear ya man, I have a new ski and bindings staring at me in my room that I didn't even get to ski on last season.
  • ForrestGumpForrestGump Posts: 6,108
    I have an idea. You send me that one and I'll send you mine. I wouldn't want you to run out of things to do!
    Shane "Crash" Hill

  • thagerthager Posts: 4,916 Mega Baller
    Shane, send it to me and I'll shine it up and ship it back. Might cost you a tow if I ever get to Houston. I kind of miss the beast!! Did my last sets today. Air 58, water 51. Ran 22's 28's and 32's @34 then sank the course and put the boat in the shed. Lake went to glass right after Favre finished with GB.
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  • swerveitswerveit Posts: 210 Baller
    my elite block looks carroded, boredom might inspire me to clean it up..
    any suggestions to what i should use?

    5-6 months watching ski vids may help me keep my sanity,,
  • TuneyTuney Posts: 244 Baller
    I imagine some sort of metal polishing compound would do the trick. Pick it up at local department store near the jewlery probably. You could probably also find something at an automotive store for polishing rims - they may be more aggressive. Most the metal polishes do a wide range of metals and I can't imagine the the Elite using some sort of exotic metal, but it might be worth looking into before you dive into it to avoid discolourations or whatever.
  • thagerthager Posts: 4,916 Mega Baller
    Swerveit,
    I started by pulling the fin block, removing the fin, screws and separating the box parts. Hit the external surfaces only with a medium grade sandpaper on a finishing sander. Make sure you do not touch any of the finbox intermal or bottom. I graduated to a fine wet/dry grit (Wet) sandpaper. Finished it all up with red polishing compound on cloth polishing wheels . Both items are found at Sears and spun by a drill. I clamped my drill in a vise and used it like a benchtop buffer. Buff all external surfaces only until nice and shiny. Hit with Nu car finish (wax) to preserve. Beautiful!!!
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  • RichardDoaneRichardDoane Posts: 4,383 Mega Baller
    thager - you need to post a photo of that work of art !
    BallOfSpray Pacific Northwest Vice President of Event Management, aka "Zappy"
  • thagerthager Posts: 4,916 Mega Baller
    I'm like MS. Electronically challenged except I can spell. Will see what I can do.
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  • thagerthager Posts: 4,916 Mega Baller
    Here goes!
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  • thagerthager Posts: 4,916 Mega Baller
    Heres another
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  • AliAli Posts: 185 Baller
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    Not only can I not believe you have posted photos of your polished fin block, I cant believe I looked at them. I agree it is going to be a long winter.
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    cheers
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    Ali
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  • rawlyrawly Posts: 521 Crazy Baller
    Thanks for the pictures.I must say that the fin block on my new Elite is about as ugly as they come.Thanks for the idea.
  • Thomas WayneThomas Wayne Posts: 550 New Baller
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    Personally, I like the idea of having the Elite fin block powder coated.  No elbow-grease required, won't ever tarnish, and a lot of finish choices.  If I'd chosen to keep an Elite that's what I'd do.
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    TW
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  • RichardDoaneRichardDoane Posts: 4,383 Mega Baller
    Notice the high gloss finish on the Radar Fin Block - no polishing required !
    BallOfSpray Pacific Northwest Vice President of Event Management, aka "Zappy"
  • AdamCordAdamCord Posts: 817 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    Thager - That looks awesome! For those that are concerned about corroding, all the new skis have their fin blocks clear coated first to avoid this. If you are worried about it you can do exactly what Thager did. For everyone who's bored with winter already, I posted a video on the blog of some pretty impressive dry suit skiing, check it out : http://www.obrieneliteblog.com/
  • RichardDoaneRichardDoane Posts: 4,383 Mega Baller
    Adam - that is impressive skiing, but what happened @ -39 ?
    BallOfSpray Pacific Northwest Vice President of Event Management, aka "Zappy"
  • AdamCordAdamCord Posts: 817 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    I think he blew out 3 ball, pretty good in a tail wind!
  • thagerthager Posts: 4,916 Mega Baller
    TW,

    When I get bored with it I plan to powdercoat it gold to match my RS-1 boots. Just need to buy some more gold powder.

    Adam,

    Thanks for the compliment!. My next project is to damageproof my Elite Ski bag from the airline bag monkeys. Almost there. Will post pic and how to when done.
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  • RichardDoaneRichardDoane Posts: 4,383 Mega Baller
    Travis is quite a skier, and a pretty good coach.  My son skied with him a couple times last summer, and it helped quite a bit.  He's also good with Trick & Jumping as well.  He'll be top of the podium pretty soon.
    BallOfSpray Pacific Northwest Vice President of Event Management, aka "Zappy"
  • TuneyTuney Posts: 244 Baller
    thager that would look awesome. I know the RS-1's look pretty sick on mu MPD.
  • swerveitswerveit Posts: 210 Baller
    thager - by the powers of grey skull and all that is holly that is one pimp looking elite fin block!!!!
    kinda puts mine to shame.....

    only thing ive done is "de-badge" it there is no stickers anywhere on my ski...
    with black double hards on board it looks like the death star....
    one sweet looking ski.
  • MattPMattP Posts: 6,126 Mega Baller
    swerveit post a pic of your set up for all to see!
  • thagerthager Posts: 4,916 Mega Baller
    Bored again today. Tried to make my Elite Ski bag as airline bag loader guy proof as possible and still light enough to be practical. Used 3/16 " pegboard that I had in the garage and cut a piece 57" X 8" to fit in bottom. Covered with gray duck tape to match bag lining. Place ski in ski sock or bag with a fin protector in Elite bag. The fin protect will fit right inside the one provided in the Elite bag. Next,cut two pieces to place on top of ski. One is 48" X 8" the other 24 X 8". Together they will overlap a little on top of ski. Cut out 5 1/2 inches from center long enough to just fit over bindings in the bag. Again cover with gray duct tape and place over ski top. Velcro down tightly on ski in bag. The Elite bag is great as these are already provided. You now have a wooden sandwich to absorb direct blows to the ski. I line the bag edges with towels outside the sandwich and the rest with ski necessities like gloves, trunks, wetsuit etc. Total weight of my bag is 25 pounds. While no bag is baggage guy proof this will up the odds against damage.
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  • thagerthager Posts: 4,916 Mega Baller
    More
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  • thagerthager Posts: 4,916 Mega Baller
    another
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  • thagerthager Posts: 4,916 Mega Baller
    Sandwich
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  • thagerthager Posts: 4,916 Mega Baller
    Sandwich 2
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  • thagerthager Posts: 4,916 Mega Baller
    Sandwich and stuffing. 25 lbs. If you choose to do this good luck!
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  • DekeDeke Posts: 385 Baller
    edited November 2009
    Here's what happened to my SporTube in September. These cases are tough, but so are baggage handlers. I would ship my ski if I were you!
  • BulldogBulldog Posts: 1,030 Crazy Baller
    Was there any damage to your ski????
    Mike Loeffler - "Someone somewhere is having a real problem today...My bad skiing is NOT one of them"
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