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How to turn the Ptex base correctly

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How to turn the ptex: Sanded vs. Structured side

You should know that wast majority of our bases and topsheets are rolled so the inside of the roll is the epoxy side. However you have to make sure it is correct your self.

Here is a short guide on how to easily tell the difference on sanded vs. structured ptex. Sanded and flamed ptex will stick to epoxy, while structured ptex you should turn outside, the side that is not in contact to epoxy.

So, if you look closely one side is S structure. It means that you should see as structure, organized bubble like structure, with little gloss. You will also see that the background (seen thru in the back) is sanded, small lines. Dont let this trick you, it can be deciving. But here is a picture that shows the S5 Structure when looking at it from a side,

s5 structured


The other side is sanded (looks a bit dull) and on the surface you will see a lot of fine lines/hairs from sanding.



One test you can do is with a drop of water. Put a drop of water on the surface. Wipe it off with your finger. The remaining moisture will form small drops on the structured surface, while it will not form anything on the sanded side (it will just spread out).

sanded ptex base


Also some of the topsheets will be sanded and flamed on both sides, so here its up to you what side to use.

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If using a base with two sides flamed an sanded, how to prepare the not epoxied side, ie the side towards the snow? Can that be left as is and just waxed or should it be sanded/scraped down to remove the flamed surface before waxing? 

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