Custom Paint Your Old Snowboard!!! (for your Valentine perhaps)

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My girlfriend really wanted me to teach her to snowboard this season, so I decided that if she wanted to try, she might as well have some good looking gear. Since a brand new board/boots/bindings would be a bit out of my league, I figured one of my old boards would fit her perfectly, and I could make it look new this is how I did it. It's not perfect, but I must say I'm happy with how it turned out. Most importantly, my girlfriend LOVED it! She got it a bit early for Valentines day, but hey, ya gotta go when the snow falls.

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.
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Step 1: Tools and Materials

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I used cheap and readily available materials for this project. From what I heard, the harsh winter elements would be the eventual ruin of the even best paint and painting. If the materials I chose are used correctly, I'm sure they can work great....I think I came pretty close.

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.
Scotchbrite Pad
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
Rustoleum Sugarplum
Razor Blades

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kohlcas made it!4 months ago

I did this and it worked out great!! the only thing was that my paint job doesn't look as shiny and clear as yours, possibly because you used actual car paint whereas I just used a high gloss enamel. All the basic hardware stores that I live by didn't have the same brand that you used. Also I had a really hard time trying to tell if I got enough of the top layer sanded off. I found out I got a little too deep in some places because after my primer coat, the deeper scratches had showed, but after a few coats they filled out fine.

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jonnysoups (author)  kohlcas4 months ago
Awsome!! I love the design!!

How well did it hold up? I am thinking about doing one for my boyfriend, so I'm just curious if you had any issues with paint chipping or fading or anything?

pigman12065 months ago
Do you just spray paint it then put gloss on
jonnysoups (author)  pigman12065 months ago

I mean, yeah that's the short version of it!

AH681 year ago

I want to paint my board, but don't want to use spray paint, is this possible, and if so what steps(if any) would change?

jonnysoups (author)  AH681 year ago

i think i'd be mostly the same, really. I'd make the layers thin though, because any part that stands higher than the rest could easy get nicked and scraped. The flatter and more uniform the better.

fleurpies1 year ago

Hiya, I want to do this for my partner but not as a rideable board, as a display one. I've been looking into photo transfers onto plastic and paint but realistically I'd like to sand back to the wooden you think this is possible or am I aiming too high? Any advice would be great :D Thankyou xo

jonnysoups (author)  fleurpies1 year ago

The wooden layer may be much too deep to do it without having it all fall apart. On my snowboards its usually a flat sheet of plastic with the design over a fiberglass layer before you get to the wood center, and if you went in to that it'd be messy.

If i were you i'd either spay the top all one color to make it uniform and then use that as the base, or you could always glue some wood veneer to the top if you want the wood look. Though i wouldn't if i was going to ride it again...

First off. The board looks great and the tutorial is awesome

So my question is... What if I was to hand paint something like comic characters with acrylic paints and brush and then clear coat over top. Do you think it would hold up the same way?

jonnysoups (author)  Redneckwarrior1 year ago

Sorry this was a long time getting back to you, but yeah it should work! I think a spray clear coat would be a lot more even, though. Overall I think the thinner the better, so building up too much paint with the character layer might make it more susceptible to chipping.

kairedfern2 years ago
When the board bends and flexes, does the paint crackle?
jonnysoups (author)  kairedfern2 years ago
Nope, haven't had a problem with that, though different paints might do different things.
kairedfern3 years ago
You say for the edges of the board you used a cd- like you pressed the CD on the bent parts to be able to make the design? Cause the tips that curve are troubling me
jonnysoups (author)  kairedfern3 years ago
you got it. held it down and used it as a guide to cut
Whelp then I'm doing it.

I'm probably driving you insane with all these comments
jonnysoups (author)  kairedfern3 years ago
SO? how'd it go?
WELL!! I put the white contact paper on, then sprayed several layers of clear coat and white on that. Annoying, the paint did that crackly thing and I sanded it down. When it gets warm and non-windy again, I'm gonna do just one layer of white then start the circle layer
jonnysoups (author)  kairedfern3 years ago
haha Hope it went well!
kairedfern3 years ago
So your compass worked when drawing circles for where to board bends upward?
kairedfern3 years ago
Can we not sand?
jonnysoups (author)  kairedfern3 years ago
If you're painting contact paper, I wouldnt sand anything. Clean the surface of the board before putting the contact paper on first.
Thanks :) I've found a very rich blue and a purple, doing it on a white background to match my bindings.
kairedfern3 years ago
What was the diameter of the circles you used?
kairedfern3 years ago
I was just going to use Krylon spray paint, what did you use for a primer?
kairedfern3 years ago
So would you recommend putting a line down the middle and the center of the board, then starting with a line of circles there; then from that line, branch out? Also, how hard did you press?

I should practice beforehand xD
jonnysoups (author)  kairedfern3 years ago
The line down the middle of the length of the board (hotdog) made it a lot easier to keep it even. I started the circles at the front of the board, so a full circle fit at the tip. I figured that would be part you'd see when you're riding.
how hard? Are you going to put the contact paper and then paint/draw on it or cut out a stencil like mine? just a warning, if you're cutting out parts, but not painting it, you will scratch the finish on the board a bit.
Good Luck!! Take some pictures make a followup instructable!
I'm planning on doing a layer of contact paper, spray paint on that, then doing your clear paper stencil cut out thing, then coloring like you and a clear coat.
kairedfern3 years ago
So I want to paint mine, and I plan on cleaning it then just putting contact paper on then doing all the art on top of that. I don't wanna ruin my only board, cause I'm tight for money. After the art is done, should I do the spray-on clear coat or another layer of clear contact paper or both?
jonnysoups (author)  kairedfern3 years ago
I would say that if you are going to put the contact paper on it instead of painting it, you should leave out the clear coat. If for nothing else, so you can test if the contact paper will say on there through the snow and ice. I think if you spray over it, it will likely be really hard to get off.
I do really like the idea of covering it all with white contact paper and then going crazy with some colored sharpies. If it works well, you could have a "new" board each season!!
neckfire8 years ago
I've actually done this before (not as fancy a paintjob of couse- I actually used brush on arcylics) But to get the nice shiney finish I actually used a varnish of some sort. I painted it on real thick and let it even it self out and dry. It never really chipped. Heald up almost as well as the original varnish. Only thing after a year of use it got a bunch of cracks in the varnish from the board flexing. Looked pretty cool honestly. Great tutorial! :)
Curious, what kind of varnish?
Well im done!! I have yet to ride it...but I put a really good layer of hot wax on the bottom and used about 2 cans of that clear enamel protectant spray. I hope it holds up becasue I think im in love with itt!! The first pic is the bottom and the second is the top.
jonnysoups (author)  Electroinnovation3 years ago
Looks great, man!!
Thanks! I just tried it out on the snow yesterday and it actually went really fast even though I painted the bottom! I guess the poly spray and hot wax helped it out a lot
I am considering painting my board and have been researching the viability of doing so. I was wondering how well this held up for you?
jonnysoups (author)  PyromaniacDaniel3 years ago
Surprisingly well. There are definitely dings and chips on the edges from the lift line, but the top surfaces all look great. Maybe making the outside edge all one color would make for easy touch-ups in the future.
this is realy cool i just got a snow board myself
mcovey3 years ago
Thanks for the info I am planning on painting my board soon and after talking to my uncle who is an autobody man I have decided to go with a type of paint called POR-15 I have used it on cars before but hadnt though to use it for
this but the stuff is strong. you can hit it with a hammer and it wont chip or scratch both the clears and the colors they have. the paint is called POR-15

I was planning on using the hardnose color paint then vinyl stickers
for the design I want and then a clear coat of the POR15 over that.
I was only planning on the clear because I wanted to seal the vinyl in
real good.

I will hopefully be doing this soon on my board and can give you
updates to how well it works and some pics. as for on the slopes that
will be awhile for those results.
nealwm3 years ago
I custom painted my partners skis that he purchased used (the bottoms were in good condition but the top sides had their share of scratches and dings...but no delamed rails!) and figured it out on the second attempt. After roughing up the surface to be painted with medium grit SP I put down 3 light coats of an automotive surface primer (grey) made specifically for fiberglass applications. After each coat was completely dry (!) went over with steel wool using a finer grit each coat. I was going to do a color coat but liked the grey mat look. I then threw paint of various colors onto the grey ala Jackson Pollock and when fully dry gave the whole ski top surface two coats of Spar Varnish. He has used them three times without any chipping or color loss. One important note: Tape off the metal edges on the ski/snowboard well as this needs to be free of anything specially wax and paints.
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