I've noticed that with practically all LT boards the base colours always bleed heaps when waxing regardless of vintage. It's a pain when there is white in the base as it discolours the wax a fair bit. It mostly disappears on the scrape though but no other boards do it. Must just be the paint they use on the graphic sheets. Not really a fan of their art work as well.
I have noticed the wax discoloration on a few over the years as well, but for some reason I feel like I’ve seen it on a non-Mervin board before but I can’t put my finger on it.
Regarding the artwork on their boards: over the years, I’ve not been a fan of most of it. However, there have been a couple of boards that I thought the artwork/graphics looked really good. Then, unfortunately, the following year Lib always seems to change it to something terrible. Obviously these things are very subjective. That being said, I’ve also thought the graphics on most Burton boards look worse. To me, they either tend to look like they stole a graphic from an old school pinball machine and blindly put it on a board, or the other look resembles something akin to someone sitting down at a computer going through generic art files looking for something and they just get bored and chose some random clip and then don’t even bother the size/crop it to the board. Now that I’m thinking about it, I am liking the direction that K2 is going with the Landscape line this year… I like being able to see parts of the core and some of the tech.
Anyways, back to Lib/mag: I really wish they would take mag away from the c3 boards. Their quality control and their opinions about what happens with a handmade board: if they are letting tip/tail shapes leave the factory like the picture earlier in the thread, I’d hate to imagine how off the tolerances could be in the mag from board to board.