I would really appreciate a repy to this. There are other areas in our application where we need to override the RichFaces skin for JSF components. It looks pretty easy for RichFaces components but not for JSF.
<u:selector name="textarea[type="textarea"][disabled], input[type="text"][disabled], input[type="password"][disabled], select[disabled]">
<u:style name="color" skin="panelBorderColor" />
this selector in standard skinning responsible for that. read more about standard elements skinning at dev guide.