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post #1 of 13
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The person who decided that the 2006 Volkl Karmas should come stock with a design that looks like they've been dragged over a beach should be beaten and fired. I've recently acquired a cheap pair and as mentioned above, they look scratched and worn even though they've only been used a few times. I plan to use a Sharpie permanent marker to do a few Asian symbols (Don't worry, I'm Asian so I can't be douchebag for doing this) down the middle so that the skis don't look like an empty, off-white scratch magnet. If I do this, is it ok to do a few coats of clear-coat over the stock finish? Or do I need to do something special?
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post #3 of 13

Clear coat works pretty well.  Probably want to rough up the surface a bit first though.

 

Have fun!

post #4 of 13
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Originally Posted by bumpfreaq View Post

Clear coat works pretty well.  Probably want to rough up the surface a bit first though.

Have fun!
Yeah, I thought that was the answer. I'm going to get some sandpaper and sand off 3x3 inch squares where I want to put the symbols, then put maybe 3 coats of CC over that. Probably won't be bulletproof, but it should do the job. Thanks!
post #5 of 13

There is also the plastic film that the use to protect the hoods and front end of cars.

 

Clear, flexable cold resistant and tough enough to protect from stone chips.

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Originally Posted by oldschoolskier View Post

There is also the plastic film that the use to protect the hoods and front end of cars.

Clear, flexable cold resistant and tough enough to protect from stone chips.
I'll definitely take a look at some automotive coat. Thanks!
post #7 of 13

A heavy application of clear coat can cause sharpie graphics to run.

Spray your first coat of clear very dry or use adhesive film.

post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by dakine View Post

A heavy application of clear coat can cause sharpie graphics to run.
Spray your first coat of clear very dry or use adhesive film.
I was worried about that possibility. What exactly is adhesive film and how do you apply it? Here's a step-by-step of my plans.
1) Sand out squares until the top smoothness is gone.
2) Wipe down with a wet cloth, then dry.
3) When completely dry and smooth, draw design in pencil lightly, fill in with Sharpie, let Sharpie dry (Maybe apply light distant strokes with a blow dryer)
4) Spray CC in light strokes across the design making sure to cover it. Repeat for 2-4 coats, let sit for a while.

Sound like it would work?
post #9 of 13

Purely speculation but I'd be concerned with the CC adhesion to the non sanded area or, if you're planning to only CC the sanded area I'd be concerned about the edges of the CC chipping off.  If I were doing it I'd sand the whole ski, make your characters where you desire then CC the entire ski.

 

Keep in mind that although I've done a bunch of skis over the years, I'm no pro painter.

post #10 of 13

Anti chip films..

http://www.clearmask.com/

 

Wash with TSP or strong detergent first.

Then I would wipe down the whole ski with grease and silicone remover using a fine scotchbrite pad.

Then do your graphics with a sharpie.

Let them dry thoroughly then a dry coat of catalyzed clear coat over the whole ski.

Follow with a couple of medium coats.

You can use rattle can clear but it is not nearly as durable as auto clear coat.

Probably easiest to do your art then take the skis to an auto body shop for clear.

 

Without an adequate respirator you should not spray any catalyzed paint.

It stays in your lungs forever!

post #11 of 13
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Originally Posted by dakine View Post

Anti chip films..
http://www.clearmask.com/

Wash with TSP or strong detergent first.
Then I would wipe down the whole ski with grease and silicone remover using a fine scotchbrite pad.
Then do your graphics with a sharpie.
Let them dry thoroughly then a dry coat of catalyzed clear coat over the whole ski.
Follow with a couple of medium coats.
You can use rattle can clear but it is not nearly as durable as auto clear coat.
Probably easiest to do your art then take the skis to an auto body shop for clear.

Without an adequate respirator you should not spray any catalyzed paint.
It stays in your lungs forever!
I've decided to table the Sharpie idea for now. I'm going to do some simple bars across the tops to give it a striped look. I'm just going to sand down the sections I need, lay painters tape, then do a few layers of spray paint, let that dry and then do a few nice coat of Rust-Oleum Crystal Clear over the whole ski. I don't really need to sand the whole thing.
post #12 of 13

Just get it clean and wipe it down with solvent or you will likely get fish eyes.

Here is some clear over sharpie..

post #13 of 13
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Ooh, that writing doesn't look too good. I'll stick with spray paint.
 

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