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Name plates for skis??

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
Anyone have a great idea on how to put identifiers on their skis -- glued on name plates or something -- that:
  • clearly identify the skis as theirs, AND
  • can be removed and still leave the skis good looking for later resale (which rules out writing name on them in Sharpie black marker)?
Thanks!
post #2 of 18
Kinda a "catch-22", anything that can come off w/o damaging the skis can come off easy after they are stolen.

You can do a 2 layer sharpie thing. a layer of clear ski saver, sharpie that, then a layer of ski saver over that. Will make the ski look like it has sharpie on it.
post #3 of 18
How bout a microchip under the binding?
post #4 of 18
Use a Sharpie or Magic Marker. You can easily remove it with a solvent like Goof Off or tolulene with out damaging the topsheet. I have done this many times. Just Goof Off sparingly, apply it to the wiper not the ski, then wipe thouroughly (as you always should). I also have put unique stickers on the topsheets near the tips. Thieves will usually steal the easiest thing to steal. A name or even cheap lock will cause a thief to skip over your skis and head to the next pair.
post #5 of 18
Engraving skis was a common practice back in the day. It was well out of vogue when I started skiing in the early nineties.

Maybe some of the older guys can explain how this was done? Was it done in the shop, or were thay sent out? I see lots of old skis with some 'old codger's name on them.
post #6 of 18
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How bout a microchip under the binding?
How about a GMRS-enabled LoJack that shoots a spike into the snow when you text "eeek" to it's number?
post #7 of 18
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Originally Posted by Skiing-in-Jackson View Post
Engraving skis was a common practice back in the day. It was well out of vogue when I started skiing in the early nineties.

Maybe some of the older guys can explain how this was done? Was it done in the shop, or were thay sent out? I see lots of old skis with some 'old codger's name on them.
You could get them engraved at ski shops. I had it done to mine. I imagine they used an engraving machine. At least I think that was how it was done. I don't remember things as well as I used to.
post #8 of 18
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It was well out of vogue when I started skiing in the early nineties.
Yes, now you are supposed to get your eye pod engraved instead. Silly world.

Some cop-shops will etch things for you.
post #9 of 18
I knew some guys who would carve their names into their bases, then fill in the gouges with a contrasting color flaming ptex candle.
post #10 of 18
When I lived in Portland,Or. the wife brought home a pair of Rossi 223cm DH she got at a thrift store. I checked them out and they looked almost new. On further inspection there was a name engraved on each ski in front of the bindings. It read Bill Johnson.......
post #11 of 18
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Originally Posted by RickS View Post
Anyone have a great idea on how to put identifiers on their skis -- glued on name plates or something -- that:
  • clearly identify the skis as theirs, AND
  • can be removed and still leave the skis good looking for later resale (which rules out writing name on them in Sharpie black marker)?
Thanks!
Sharpie CAN be removed with a little paint thinner and no the paint thinner will not hurt the skis.
post #12 of 18
I use dymo tape and put it in the underfoot area between the toe and heel piece of the binding/ plate.

I also put another dymo tape name tag under the binding/ plate so that I can prove they are mine in case of theft (by someone stupid enough to keep skiing them at the same mountain).

Being on Stockli/ VIST helps as there are never too many (ie any) of the same set up at the same mountain anyway.
post #13 of 18
I have a bright yellow KOME sticker on mine (it was a radio station in the '70s and '80s). I get a lot of comments from 40-50 year old guys who remember rockin' out to Van Halen, Floyd, Zeppelin, etc. in high school.

Hard to get off in one piece, and easy to spot a mile away. It's split in half, one side on either ski tip.


post #14 of 18

dayum

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the wife brought home a pair of Rossi 223cm DH she got at a thrift store.

My respect for slider just shot up by two orders of magnitude: he actually managed to bring this exceptional woman to the altar.
post #15 of 18
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the ideas!
post #16 of 18
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Originally Posted by slider View Post
When I lived in Portland,Or. the wife brought home a pair of Rossi 223cm DH she got at a thrift store. I checked them out and they looked almost new. On further inspection there was a name engraved on each ski in front of the bindings. It read Bill Johnson.......
The Bill Johnson ran Atomic "Red Sleds", I beleive?
post #17 of 18
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Originally Posted by Skiing-in-Jackson View Post
Engraving skis was a common practice back in the day. It was well out of vogue when I started skiing in the early nineties.

Maybe some of the older guys can explain how this was done? Was it done in the shop, or were thay sent out? I see lots of old skis with some 'old codger's name on them.
We did it at the shop I worked at. Was really easy to do with an engraving machine and letter plates. It was popular for quite a while and I did a few pair of mine till I realized that it wasn't good for resale. Few people wanted to purchase a ski with someone elses name on the ski.

Was it a deterant to ski theft? Not really, maybe somewhat.
post #18 of 18
I still have two pair of engraved skis. After those, I just started scribbling my initials on the skis with a magic marker.
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