I believe it should be painted, but closing the ride this time of year is just not good business practices. Especially with the problems they already have with Rip Ride Rockit, they can't afford to close another attraction this close to the holiday season. They should close and re-paint the ride in the beginning of January, when the holidays are over, and attendance is way down.
Actually a ride can be painted without closing it. It would just look weird. One instance is Xcelerator at Knotts Berry Farm.
But if it was closed painting would take no more than 2-3 weeks. I am also working on setting up an actual web page with more information than the cause page.
What really gets on my nerves is that Hulk was closed to my understanding back in mid September and yet nothing was done to clean this up. This is just unacceptable.
I was at IOA on sunday and noticed the Jurassic ride is just as dirty as the Hulk ride.
I think it needs to repainted ASAP. I love the ride, and it's one of the first things you see walking towards the parks in City Walk. I think it deserves more attention...it needs to be freshened up.
Frankly, I don't see what the difficulty is in bringing in a painting crew for an overnight painting. My guess is that it'll simply too costly to do so in the span of one night (or several nights, even), and they're simply waiting for the off season to shut her down and paint away during normal daylight park hours when, I suspect, it's cheaper to do so.