After getting a cavernous core-shot repaired, I was so impressed with the quality of the repair I asked how much a good base-welder costs.
Hmmm, I probably don’t need one that badly, but I do often rip moderate gouges in my bases that I’d like to repair, but aren’t worth the time and expense for a trip to the shop. I’ve also owned 2-3 cheap-o base repair guns and none of them seem to work, mainly because they don’t get hot enough. Base repair candles on the other-hand have some sort of additive (wax?) in them to keep them burning, but they don’t work well on deep gouges, especially if the drip gets soot in it, which is inevitable.
With this in mind, I’ve been having good success using a micro torch and spaghetti style “welding wire” base filler. The welding wire won’t stay lit by itself, but by using a clean burning micro torch, it liquifies and flows into deep gouges. With some finesse, you can also heat the base up a bit, which helps the welding wire patch adhere.
Once the gouge is filled to overflowing, use a Surform Pocket Plane to knock off the high spots and then scrape it flat with a sharp steel scraper.
There is not enough bandwidth on the internet to detail all that could go wrong with this scenario, including burning down your house, ruining your skis, or serious bodily harm, but with some practice, it does a passable job and deep repairs won’t pop out.
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