This is the first negative thing I've heard about Seths ever. What you're describing sounds similar to the problem with the original invader model. There was a problem with the glue vs paint/dye used for the graphics and the top plastic layer peeled which really didnt do anything structurally to the ski, just cosmetically. I'm sure they will warranty them if this is the case which means you get 2 functional skis for the price of one. Not a bad deal if youre not too concerned with looks.