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  a. required tools
  b. ski press
      - press frame
      - mold
      - bladder
  c. core profiler
  d. edge bender

a. materials
  b. graphics
  c. ski design
  d. template
  e. base
     edge bending
  f. wood core
     - lamination
     - sidewalls
     - profiling
     - tipspacers
     - inserts
 g. composites
 h. topsheet

 a. preparation
 b. layup



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Overview The topsheet basically serves as a platform for the graphics or to protect underlying graphics.   Topsheets come in a wide variety of plastics ranging from polyethylene to P-Tex.   Typically the material is very thin (1-2mm) and has  protective masking on one side.   This masking prevents epoxy from bonding to the exposed side of the topsheet and peels off during the finishing process to reveal a nice, shiny surface.  Other materials that can be used as a topsheet include wood veneers, fiberglass, and other composites.  

However, skis can be built without a topsheet.   This can be done by using composites or cloth as the uppermost layer of the ski's construction.    The epoxy within this layer cures to a nice hardness and will act as the topsheet.   But the appearance of ski suffers and the epoxy is exposed to UV radiation.   We recommend that a proper topsheet is used for ski construction.  It adds a nice element to the finish of a ski.

 Preparation  As with the composites, cut the topsheet to overlap the ski's edges.   We generally use as large a topsheet as possible to guarantee adequate coverage of the ski.   The excess will be trimmed and cleaned in the finishing process.

If the topsheet material did not come with a masking film, you can easily make your own.   It is recommended that the topsheet is always protected.  Epoxy will get onto the topsheet during layup and will leave a messy appearance unless there is some sort of protection.  As with the base material, the topsheet can be protected from epoxy during layup by simply covering the exposed surface with tape.   A low adhesive tape works best because of its ease of release. 

After the ski has been pressed, this masking layer is removed to provide for an smooth, epoxy-free topsheet.

Remember that the topsheet graphics can be done in the same manner as the base graphics

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