Longboards are typically subject in terms of creating do-it-yourself projects and other things to make it more personalized. These projects are not only for aesthetic purposes but also adds efficiency for daily usage.
In terms of design, it should not be surprising if you will see a similar appearance when you visit a nearby park. Hence, the rise of longboard customization has increased rapidly to allow riders to be unique from others. It also an expression of their personality, which is represented by your longboard.
Custom designed longboards take a lot of money. Painting and designing personally, your longboard is significantly cheaper compared to the one you can buy. Therefore, it is still essential to put a slight effort and creativity in planning your longboard customization. In this article, we will discuss and educate you on the sequential process of painting your longboard in a creative way.
Creative Way of Painting a Longboard
The following steps you will be reading are very easy and simple to follow. Even beginners can get it done easily.
Before anything else, make sure first to set up your working area and use protective clothing throughout the process. The next steps you will take involve a lot of dust and paint that will splatter all over the place, including your clothes. The working area should also have good ventilation. If not, there is a high likelihood that the fumes from paint will accumulate and may cause toxic air.
The first step in painting your longboard is to make sure that no other parts will get painted aside from the board itself. Remove the hardware and always be conscious of how they were placed to easily attached them back after the procedure is all done. Secure the nuts and bolts in a safe package like ziplock plastic to ensure that no single piece will be missing.
If the parts are all removed, you can freely sand the board. Settle it on a table and turn it around. At this point, the top portion of the board is faced down. Use sandpaper with 40 grit and apply steady pressure on the board. Afterward, you can switch to sandpaper with 150-grit to even out the finish of the surface. This procedure will only take the time of five to twenty minutes, depending on the previous design it had.
While doing this, never forget to use glasses and mask that can filter the dust from sand particles as it can be dangerous for your health, and cause damage and irritation on parts affected. Make sure that sanding the board should be done evenly, or it may result in a negative outcome and affect the painting later on.
If in case there is apparent damage to the board, repair it as well. You can use filling paste, which can be purchased from stores. Apply it generously and evenly distribute the paste. When dry, sand it again to reach the uniform level of the board.
Taping The Board
When done with the previous step, it is time to tape the sides of the board and the holes of screws. Include also the other side of the board as it can accidentally drip some of the paint around. Painter tapes are ideal usage for easy removal on the later part.
Priming The Board
Priming the board before applying paint is an essential part of painting it creatively. Ideally, aerosol primer is recommended to use as it has a low chance of achieving unequal application. If the paint is packed with a significant amount of primer, the application may end up too thin or too thin in few areas.
Afterward, the second layer of primer is applied when the first is dried already. In this way, you are giving yourself a favor of achieving an even paint job later. Once the second layer is dry, make sure to send it again to get that smoothness you want. Sandpaper with 150 grit is ideal to use.
Additionally, apply tack coating on the primer to avoid having defective effects on the painting job later. The significance of tack coat is to provide cleaning of a newly primed board, essential before painting.
Plan The Design
Sketch your design before applying it to the board. In this way, you can have a glimpse of how you want it to be and avoid mistakes. For beginners, it is recommended to use geometric patterns like triangles and lines. In this way, stencils will be much simple to make and may only need tapes.
If you prefer a more artistic and complicated design, then stencils should be needed to draw and outline your design creatively.
Painting The Board
In painting your longboard, you may use spray paint, wood stain, acrylic, or permanent markers. Just for this project, we will use spray paint. In painting, prepare to spray your base color first. This will serve as the background of your design that you will layer on later. Just for a tip, if you prefer to stand out your design, use white or black as your base. Completely cover the whole board using spray paint using the spray holding it at a required distance.
Make sure that the first layer of base coating should be dry initially before spraying the second layer of paint. Technically, you may need at least 24 hours to make sure that the paint is completely dry. You can either use another color or the same color as your first base.
Designing The Board
If you are done painting and the second layer is dry completely, at this point, you may attach your design. If it is simple geometric patterns, tapes will be enough in creating patterns and lines on the board. If not, attach your stencil drawing. Spray paint completely all over the stencil or tapes until no space is seen to be missing out of paint.
Similar to base painting, applying the second layer on your design is required, after drying the first layer completely. Make sure that all areas are sprayed on to even out the color. You can add designs if you think you have not had enough of the first. Just make sure that before adding, the spray paint is already or else, it will ruin your everything and mix with your add on designs.
In a careful manner, remove the design, either stencil or tape, when the whole design is completely dry. Removing all the tape around must require gentleness and smooth pressure only, including the tapes on the edges of your board and the rest of the area.
If you spray paint your board, you may skip this step. If not, and used a weather-safe type of paint, it is necessary to apply an additional layer of polyurethane varnish to allow the sealing of your design. It will make your design entirely visible and stand out.
Using Grip Tape
Finally, if the polyurethane varnish is entirely dry or you have not applied one, at this point, you can use grip tape to allow your longboard to maintain its balance and grip when reaching for high speed in riding. Ideally, cover all the board using grip tape and use blade to cut any excess. Make sure that the application of grip tape must be careful and steady as well. The same manner applied when ripping the tape off the board.
Reassembling The Parts
If you are finished doing all the steps, you are ready to reassemble the parts of the board back to its original place. Make sure you remember where the parts are located properly to avoid any missing piece from misplacing. If done properly, your longboard is ready to be used.
Try It Out
Examine the feel of the longboard by testing it out. Take a small ride outside the street until you find comfort back again. If anything feels weird from the previous experience you had with your longboard, you have probably attached the parts incorrectly. Go back and figure it out. If it is completely fine, you may start using it around the road or wherever you like.
Doing your own painting in a much creative way will not only save you a great amount of cash, but it also allows you to express your personality and artistic side. Your board represents who you are; hence whatever design you put on, it will reflect the user’s personality and uniqueness.
This is a fun, creative way to express your own customization idea for your longboard to make it more personalized—nothing more fulfilling than riding a longboard that is unique from the others. Apart from aesthetic purposes, it will also show off that, above all that you have efficiently used your money wisely.