How to Repaint Your Skateboard Deck

How to Repaint Your Skateboard Deck

It is inevitable for the design of your deck to wear off from grinding the rails, ledges, and what-have-yous. Repainting is a breezy task as long as you follow certain steps to successfully achieve it. Here are some simple steps in repainting your skateboard: 

  • Set up an area where you can work efficiently. It is also important to wear proper clothes. Wear something old, thrashy or junkie; paint splatters will add character to it. Better yet, wear something you wouldn’t mind ruining along the process. Note that it is important that your workplace is conducive for painting; hence ventilation is a must. This will prevent accumulating fumes if you are in an enclosed space. 
  • Take out the wheels, trucks, nuts, and bolts from the skateboard. For you to be able to thoroughly paint the skateboard, it is important that it is separated from the trucks. This way, you will be able to paint the whole board without a hassle. Place all the parts in someplace where you can easily find, and you won’t be able to lose the small parts such as the spacers, nuts, and bolts. While you’re on it, why not soak the bearings to clean them up before putting them back to your newly painted skateboard. You can use WD-40 or any other engine oil to keep it running efficiently. 
  • Sand down the old faded design before repainting. You can use low-numbered sandpaper to start with, then work your way up to achieve a smooth surface. If you prefer to use an electric sander, you can use 40-grit sandpaper until its completely diminished then use 150-grit sandpaper to smoothen the surface. Make sure to wear protective gear for your body and your eyes to avoid unwanted irritation. For you to only do it once, then it is crucial to do it right the first time, thus, make sure that you smoothen the surface all the way. Note that you will need the patience to achieve the best results. Also, you need to avoid applying uneven pressure to your skateboard. It might cause some dents and will potentially open other rooms for damage and uneven paint when repainting. 
  • Ensure to clear every sawdust in the surface area. You can use a stiff bristle brush to remove them thoroughly. If you fail to remove every particle, it can potentially cause clumping and uneven tones when you repaint them. A wire brush is not recommended; it may cause damage to the smooth surface of your skateboard. 
  • After, if you see any damage, it is important to repair them before painting over. It is better that they are fixed instead of having to remedy when its already fully repainted. It will not only prolong the life of your skateboard, but it will also add an extra crisp and durability. You can purchase wood filling paste to remedy the cracks and chips on your skateboard. Apply a generous amount of this filler to make sure that it is fully repaired, and no dirt or water can penetrate. Filling in the defect could go a long way. It is also important to evenly apply the filler to avoid an uneven surface. It will not look good on your repainting job if the surface is filled with blotches of fillers. You can let the filler dry completely before sanding them down. 
  • After applying the filler, sand down the areas repaired using 150-grit sandpaper. Make sure that you smoothen the area evenly and apply even pressure on every area. 
  • After smoothening the whole surface, you can now apply your primer to your skateboard deck. A primer will add an extra layer of protection to your deck. It will help prevent dirt and water from seeping through and causing damages and warps. It is important to apply the primer evenly. Follow carefully in the instructions of the primer you bought. There is a specific ratio it will require. You can use a small roller or a brush to evenly cover the whole surface of the skateboard. Use some personal protective gear such as face mask, gloves, and goggles when applying to prevent adhering damage to yourself. You can apply primer once or twice, depending on your preference. If you decide to apply more than once, make sure that the first layer is completely dry before applying the second coat. As for aerosol primers, it is best and recommended to shake the bottle well before applying to thoroughly mix the substance. It is crucial to avoid applying an inadequate primer that may cause uneven blotches. If you fail to do so, it can potentially cause drips, bubbles, and other factors that are undesirable when you start painting. It will also ruin the smooth finish of your skateboard. 
  • After applying the primer, sanding down the surface is yet again another step to tackle. It will make sure that you will have a seamlessly smooth surface when painting your skateboard. You can again use sandpaper with a 150-grit rate. Make sure to do it carefully and gently when trying to smooth out the surface. Eradicate every blister, clumps, bubbles, and uneven areas whilst giving your board a complete rejuvenation. Also, make sure that the primer is completely dry before you sand it down. You can use a fuzz-free rag or an old cotton t-shirt to take away the sawdust and other elements. Remove all the poignant particles using a dampened cloth to remove them completely. 
  • Lastly, it is time for you to create your magic and start painting your board. You can either use stencil with spray paint or acrylic paint if you want a more intricate design. Make sure that the design you chose is the one that really appeals to you. Also, make sure that it is final, because if you change your mind, you may have to repeat the same process again and again. 
  • After repainting, to seal the design, apply some clear coating or a sealer to preserve the painting on your skateboard. 

Painting your skateboard is an easy process, but it is long and winding. Hence, it is important to follow these steps to avoid repeating yourself. 

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