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How to Use Swix FC8L and FC10L Liquid Cera

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Sat, Oct  28, 2006 - By Swix Racing

Swix offers liquid Cera for two conditions.  FC8L is used for older snow at 25°F – 40°F, high humidity and moist to wet snow.  FC10L is used for wet, fine-grained snow or very wet corn snow at temperatures 36°F and warmer.  At Spring Series in Presque Isle, ME last season the snow conditions were wet and very dirty for most of the races.  In these conditions one of the best combinations for the final layers were FC10 powder covered with FC10 liquid.  This combination ensured that there were absolutely no voids in the Cera F layer resulting in the fastest possible skis!  While covering Cera powder with the appropriate liquid Cera is a great combo for races 10km and up, liquid Cera alone is a fantastic and economical alternative to the powders in races under 10km.

There are three ways to apply Cera F Liquid:

1. Hand Corking –Applied this way will last only 1-2km

Shake well. Then apply a layer of liquid twice using the included felt applicator or with Fiberlene. Allow 5 minutes for the liquid to dry.  Cork into the base with the Swix Natural Cork (T20) then brush out using the Swix Blue Nylon Brush (T160/T186).

2. Roto-Corking –Slightly more durable than hand corking

Shake well. Then apply a layer of liquid using the included felt applicator or with Fiberlene. Allow 5 minutes for the liquid to dry.  Set Roto-Cork at approximately 1500 RPMs using medium pressure and a short back and forth motion working along the base from tip to tail. Continue with the Swix Horsehair Hand- Brush (T157), and finish with the Swix Blue Nylon Hand-Brush (T160/T186).

3. Ironing –Applied this way will last 5-10km

Shake well. Then apply a layer of liquid twice using the included felt applicator or with Fiberlene. Allow 5 minutes for the liquid to dry.  Set the iron at 145°C (293°F). Make a pass with the iron of 5 seconds. The liquid will bubble like it is boiling, but no harm is being done to the base. Allow cooling for about 5 minutes, then brush with Swix Horsehair Brush (T157). Additional final brushing can be done with the Swix Blue Nylon Brush (T186/T160).