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How to Rotocork

Tue, Dec  15, 2009 - By Ian Harvey

Technique is critical in rotocorking.  There are two general methods.  One is to use high rpms and very little pressure.  This is what most people do and works pretty well.  The cork can skip around a little and it is necessary to go back and forth some which can create lines in the wax.

I prefer very low rpms (don't squeeze the trigger all the way) with high pressure and just one pass from tip to tail.  It is easier to keep the cork steady and flat and results in a better finish.

I finished skis this way for 9 National Champions over the past few years (in the events where they won their titles) as well as a large number of people finishing high in other events including winning numerous national marathon series events.

Rotocorking is easier on the base and is also quick.  It is far more economical than applying a fluorocarbon by ironing as more is needed when ironing.