Of course almost no one paints their skis. But then I've never had issues with standing out a bit with unusual gear on ski slopes.
Took the above digi image of my ski gear out on the sidewalk this afternoon just as the first significant storm of the 2012/2013 winter is due into California this evening. The two pairs of skis will be my quiver this winter. I thought, I was maybe the only person that sometimes paints their skis but then last week on another thread here someone else mentioned doing so. Thus am wondering if there are any others and will add a bit about how I go about doing so.
Bought the 168cm 2011 Twisters new as dated unsold models last winter and only was able to use them a few times before the droughty season was over. And will be my primary skis this winter. Did not like the elaborate punk graphics which seem to be common on many skis the last decade. Just not the kind of thing we old guys are likely to smile at. Thus painted them before using them.
Then just bought the slightly used 178cm 2012 S7's over ebay this summer that are simply black color with the Rossignol logo both on the topskin and base. Not an annoying graphic but since I will be using them on powder days my memory immediately considered how neat skis neon colors look on storm days when ultraviolet light on cloudy days tends to really make such colors glow.
For either ski did not do anything fancy someone with airbrush tools might create but rather simple spray painting. Of course not something that will last like the manufacturer paint and easily scratched when ski edges run over them, but heh, easy to repaint anytime if that mattered. The first thing I did was carefully masking tape off the bases and edges. Put a plastic bag over most of the binding parts with brakes lifted before masking taped them to the mounting edge. Then cleaned all surfaces with Windex then water.
For both pairs first layed down a solid base coat of Rustoleum White Plastic Primer and let it dry a couple days. For the Twisters then used a can of Ace blue Fluourescent GLO SPRAY just misting the white base coat a bit, denser at the shovel and tail ends versus the center. So nothing fancy. Couple days later applied Rustoleum Crystal Clear Enamel.
With the S7's bought some special expensive strontium aluminate paint that is supposedly more luminescent that usual fluorescent paint. Applied greenish paint to one ski and bluish paint to the other though both are a light yellow in glow in the dark. After that dried a couple days, applied a thin coat of Rustoleum bright neon fluorescent pink on the former ski and Rustoleum fluorescent frog green atop the latter. Then a couple days later applied Rustoleum Crystal Clear Enamel also. Used a little paint brush to touch up a few spots. Nothing too accurate needed, so sort of at a cartoon level as no one looks at skis up close while skiing. And yeah they glow all night against the wall as the strontium aluminate glow lasts for hours.