I got tired of my boring black ski boots. Actually, if they were all black I might not have minded so much, but they had the obligatory mix of randomly situated clear or translucent milky white inserts scattered around. Yuck. Enough of that! I decided I wanted them to be....BRIGHT BLUE!!! (Ok, so sue me! :-)
First, I sanded them with 400 grit sandpaper to get rid of the gloss and graphics. I started with a Ryobi detail sander. Its small triangular head did a good job of getting into most of the nooks and crannies. The few spots it couldn't reach I did by hand. Then I covered up the hardware, soles, and the lugs that fit into the bindings with masking tape. After that, I wiped them all over with a paper towel dampened with isopropyl alcohol, to get off any oil from my hands.
Since it was too cold to spray them outdoors, I made myself a little spray booth out of a cardboard box, a pleated air filter, and a box fan, so I could do them in the basement without getting paint all over everything. The air filter is at the back of the box, in front of the fan, and the fan is set to blow the air out the back. That way, the overspray is drawn away from me and trapped in the air filter.
Below is a picture after the first light coat. I chose this paint since it claimed to stick well to plastic.
Here they are after a couple more coats. After a few coats of blue, I let them dry a bit and then gave them a final coat of clear. A word of warning: make sure you use the same brand of paint. Otherwise it may cause the base coat (that you worked so hard on) to bubble up!
(Guess how I found that out? In another one of my mid-life crisis escapades, I painted my ski poles yellow. And then clear coated them. And came back an hour later to find them nicely wrinkled an bubbled. So I got to sand it all off and start all over again. Ugh! Well, at least I didn't do my boots first and "learn" on those. That would have been a lot worse!)
Here's the finished product after removing the masking. I was pleasantly surprised at how they turned out. It remains to be seen how they look after a season of skiing, with every scratch and gouge offering glaring testimony to their humble origins....
Now I'm all set to compete with my wife's Pucci-Rossignol outfit. Nah....on second thought....I haven't even got a chance!
Edited by renenkel - 12/25/11 at 11:35pm