Sorry guys but I have to chime in on this one. I work for the park and am an avid southwest climber. I frequent the scenic drive for work and look up at the routes on a consistent basis. Last week I was checking out Disco and I saw a nice shiny bolt mid way up the route. I was a ways off and it was obvious. Three days ago I was on moonlight and could see some of the same bolts shining from across the canyon. From just the right angle bolts can reflect light for miles.
Millions of tourist get shuttled up and down the canyon each year and they are all staring at the amazing walls. Its a good idea for climbers as a user group to leave as little of a trace as possible.
Great work on improving the safety of this route. Painting hangers is not the end of the world. If its on someones radar and they are planning to get on the route and willing to spend a little more time giving back than why not.
I haven't yet done the route, but hope to soon. I have no problem getting it done if need be. If people are going to bolt here in the future than keep it in mind before you venture upward.
As stated above, bring a brush, not a can of spray paint. Overspray really looks bad.
Actually... just bring a template.. ours is made form the cardboard of a sierra nevada 12 pack of cans, made a little cut in it the same shape as the hanger WALA! Perfect painted hangers everytime! That photo above is messed up... at the very least TRY to match the paint to the wall color - it almost looks as though the person was like well fine if I have to paint my hangers then im gonna do a shit job on purpose.
I've tried latex primers a few times. Seems to peel off easily. Can kinda work. Easy for me now as I just buy stainless...
The latex primer doesn't work all that well. Just use the plain old Latex Spray Paint and skip the primer. The H2O Krylon works well. I've used it on both PS and SS and it sticks better than anything else I've tried. Key is to give it plenty of time to cure and harden.