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What paints or markers are no no for ski or snowboard topskins?
I am using Krylon Fusion on one deck (for the someday resentful middle son?). But when the older one gets his giftboard, he will start marking it up (skateculture graffiti "artist", not what the cops said, though), and i am wondering if some paints degrade material strength.
I am probably basing this on warnings one sees on some helmets regarding painting and even stickers.
Thanks.
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What paints or markers are no no for ski or snowboard topskins?
I am using Krylon Fusion on one deck (for the someday resentful middle son?). But when the older one gets his giftboard, he will start marking it up (skateculture graffiti "artist", not what the cops said, though), and i am wondering if some paints degrade material strength.
I am probably basing this on warnings one sees on some helmets regarding painting and even stickers.
Thanks.
Ah, sounds like a variant on the old theme of "urethane glues dissolve styrene", and there's part of your answer, really- test whatever it is on cheap styrofoam first. If you notice any softening or texture change, cease and desist.

Some of the metal-specific paints include an etchant, so I would stay away from metal or rustblock primers.

When I was still spraying mine, I used acrylic or vinyl-based sprays. The idea was that I wanted some flex in the spray coat and didn't want my skis to look like the plastic (ABS) airdam of my buddy's '79 TransAm when the cracking started. (Eeew. Imagine a car with bubonic plague). What I used worked great with minor yellowing underneath the top-tape adhesive.

This in mind, I would stay away from the epoxies as well as the urethanes, but, of course, the last skis I sprayed were 207cm K2 610s, so your mileage may vary.

Now, if the current crop of Volants aren't really steel anymore and you could anodise them to suit . . .

(Just think of a mokume gane topskin!)

[ December 04, 2003, 03:31 PM: Message edited by: comprex ]
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Forgot to mention yesterday; most of the yellowing was on _flat_ paints, probably due to gunk imbedded in the open-pore structure of these paints.
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