I couldn't find any solid, picture-filled write-ups on the topic, so I figured I'd record my trials. I'm sure there's some experienced and opinionated painters out there. Hit up the comments. I'd love to here any pointers you may have learned along the way.
Step 1: Tools and Materials
Wants and Needs:
Old Snowboard (or an ugly new one)
A Design Idea!
Time....enough for complete drying
Well Ventilated Area
Lots of Masking Tape
Goggles and Mask -if you're painting inside you should use a respirator. I should have had one for this project.
Sand paper in various grits
Dupli-Color Prep Wipe
Dupli-Color Black Primer
Dupli-Color Black Paint
Contact Paper (If you're stenciling)
Compass and Compass Cutter
CD's - guide for cutting circles
Rustoleum Florescent Pink
Step 2: ( )( )( )( )( )( )The Design( )( )( )( )( )( )
I used Photoshop to get my idea set and since it was a pattern, get some of my measurements down. I made a template in the shape of a snowboard that I could use to visualize different ideas. Its basically a white layer with a hole the shape and relative size of a snowboard that I could put over the graphic layers. Simple but effective. I included this file (photoshop elements 4) below if you want to try it yourself.
I decided on a sort of "modern 60's circles" design I found online (pic1). I decided to make the circles the same size as CD's, since I would be able to use them to help draw the circles on the board or cut them into the stencil. I knew that they were 12cm in diameter and my snowboard was 143cm long, so I just stretched the white layer out so it showed about 12 circles. This gives a pretty good idea of what it'll look like.
When trying to do anything with a pattern, its always nice to have a solid template, like a CD, to go off of.
Step 3: Prep-Work 1 - Knicks and Cuts
-First you need to clean the dirt and fragments of the broken board out of the crack. I did this with rubbing alcohol, since it dries fast. I filled up a squirt bottle with rubbing alcohol and shot it in between the layers. With the board upside down, the alcohol could run out,hopefully with the dirt in tow. It seemed to work well.
-After the alcohol had evaporated, I spread open the crevice* as much as possible and filled it up with epoxy.
-Then I clamped it down with a scrap board on the top and base of the snowboard (pic2). Try not to get any of the epoxy on the top of bottom of the snowboard, or you'll glue the clamp boards to it. The extra epoxy will squeeze out, but don't worry it can filed/sanded off afterwards.
*after reading this I couldn't stop giggling, so I had to go back and remove the word crack a few times. Don't epoxy your crack, kids.
Step 4: Prep-Work 2 - So Fresh and So Clean
The general concept is to sand the board, starting first with a rough grit, working down to a fine grit so the surface can be as smooth as possible. One consideration to make if you are going to try this, is what the surface of your snowboard is like. Some boards, like mine, have a very thin layer of color laminate (almost like Formica) that has a fiberglass-like layer just below. As in my case, you don't want to sand into this layer, so my sanding was mostly just with fine paper. Other boards have a much thicker gel-coat type finish, and I'm not sure what the best results would be. My recommendation would be to test-sand one area of the board first and see how it looks.
After sanding it'll be covered in dust. I wiped it all down first with a damp washcloth and after it dried with a rag with rubbing alcohol. I decided to try a prep-wipe (pic2) that the manufacture of the primer made. It seemed to work well , as the primer is still holdin on.
After this step rubber gloves might be a good idea to keep your greasy fingerprints off the board.
Step 5: Prep-Work 3 - Prepainting Setup
-To protect my board from dust and the rest of my basement from aerosolized paint dust, I made a little paint booth. It consisted of two plastic painting tarps that stapled to the ceiling to make a little room. It worked pretty well and kept the dust off my board. The floor was also coated with old newspaper.
-I was also told before that if you spray a few squirts of water into the air with a fine misting spray bottle inside the paint booth, it'll knock down any of the dust in the air. Not sure if it really worked, but I had almost no problems with dust, so hey why not. Just make sure you don't leave the board in there if you do this. Keep the board dry.
-I didn't want to get paint on the bottom of the board or on the edges, so I masked them off with a mix of masking tape and newspaper. (pic2)
-I covered the binding inserts with the old binding screws. This did block a bit of the coverage around the holes, so you may want to plug them up with something else instead.
Step 6: Stencil and Paint: Step 1 - Prime-Time
Nice easy smooth sprays. I started off the end of the board, and then sprayed back and forth tip to tail, tail to tip.....spraying past the ends each time to make sure I didn't stop in one place.
Primer then Black. Just follow the directions on the back as far as time in between.
3 coats primer and a whole (little 5oz can) of black.
Step 7: Overview of Stenciling and Painting
Come back to this step when you're done reading and it'll make more sense.
Paint base coat color (Black in my case, Gray for the little movie below)
Cover whole board with contact paper
Peel parts you want painted Pink
Cover what you painted pink
Peel what you want purple
Peel off all the rest of the contact paper, which has the base coat left underneath
Step 8: Stencil and Paint: Step 1 - Making Contact
-First step for me was to cover the entire top surface of the board with contact paper. I rolled it on and made sure to leave out any air bubbles.
-Since my design was a geometric pattern, I needed to make some general landmarks to go off of. I drew a line that went down the center of the board. I used a flexible meter stick, a compass and some high school geometry. After using all this, and still being crooked... I just used my eye's best judgment and drew my straightest line down the middle. It's harder than it sounds. Remember, none of the edges are straight.
-For my design, lines of circles were cut into the contact paper with a cutting compass, and their intersections were peeled off and painted. I used the center line I drew and started making the circles down the middle and worked off from there.
-For the edges of the board, where I couldn't use the compass, I used the CD's as guides.
-Since there was more painting to go over the top of this i didn't worry about the little dent the compass made in the middle of the circle. You can't see it in the final product.
Step 9: Stencil and Paint: Step 2 - PEELPINKPAINT
-First all the intersections that were destined to be pink were peeled off (I believe the shape that is peeled off is called an Asteroid...). Do this slowly, there was one area where the black coat peeled off the primer(pic2). Lucky for me it was black underneath, so it's not noticeable.
-I covered up the area that was going to later be painted purple with masking tape(pic3). I wanted to make sure the pink paint wouldn't seep into the cuts. I don't think it was necessary, but better safe....
-Spray and dry
*A warning if you use this or a similar thin paint; it made a TON of paint dust!! (see footnote, pic5) Even though I was in my "booth" it got everywhere. It was just dust and it cleaned up with a damp rag, but it was still a mess.
Step 10: Stencil and Paint: Step 3 -PEELPURPLEPAINT
-The Purple paint was much thicker and only needed two coats. It went on great, but with this type of paint(Rustoleum - American Accents pic 4), make sure you leave yourself enough time for drying before the next step. I was rushed and I suffered consequences later on. (Step 12)
-Looks pretty hot with just the stripes! (pic3)
Step 11: Stencil and Paint: Step 4 -PEELPEELPEEL
-Giggle with joy
Step 12: Stencil and Paint: Step 5 - DRYCLEARDRY
I sprayed one entire can of clear. This dried for about 4-5 days before the board was used. I sprayed another can after the first ride just to protect it as much as possible. The longer you let it dry the better it'll be!
Important things to note:
This stuff is much worse than the rest as far as smell. Get a respirator (like $25) with some organic vapor filters. Seriously, two cans of this stuff is brain melting.
Make sure that everything that you're spraying over is completely dry. I left the purple to dry for two days, and it appearantly needed more time. It crinkled up after spraying the clear....D'OH (pic3)
Very disappointing, but it seems to be holding up alright still.
So give it as much time to dry as you possible can!!
Step 13: Ride It!.....or Give It to Someone to Ride!
Step 14: Will It Last???
Note: These chips are from rubbing another board with sharp metal edges, not just falling off my itself.
Overall it was worth the $50 that it cost for materials. The only reasonably cheap upgrades I can think of would be better paint. Consistent type of paints all the way through would help I'm sure.
Good Luck if you try it, and again, drop some knowledge in the comments.
Good Basic Reference Sites
Step 15: GET RIPPED OFF!!!
But annnnnyway....I happened to notice that K2 Snowboards happened to use a similar motif in their 07/08 women's snowboard models. Not to say they stole my idea (they didn't) but look at the facts.....girls snowboard....same design....sames size.....eh?...coincidence?!?......probably.
K2 makes some nice boards....but I had way more fun making mine!!
...but hey, if they ever want to repay me for the freelance design inspiration, I'm here.