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Painting Your Skateboard 101

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This little guide will show you how to paint your skateboard with some pro results. I documented myself painting a skateboard 3-4 years ago (bad camera), but you can see what's happening to get an idea of what to do. I hope you learn from this, comment if you like it.
 
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Step 1: Prep

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Step one is basic prep. First, you wanna remove the trucks/wheels from the board. This is mandatory, because painting these on the board never works out the way you think it would. If you wanna paint your trucks, it's best to remove them from the board. But if you are just painting the board, remove them anyway.

Sand the board (when I took the photos, I did not sand it, so I do not have any photos for this). This will help the paint stick to the board, and if your board is chrome/shiny like mine was, it's a must. You normally use 400 grit sandpaper for this. Sand the paint/design/chrome off, and your good to go.

When your finished, wash the board with some soap/water, or even better, grease/wax remover. This will remove any grease or oil on the board. When the board is clean and dried, move on to step 2.



Step 2: Primer

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Primer is the base coat, which is what goes under the normal paint of coat. This is pretty important, so don't forget it or mess up here =P

You basically wanna do 3-5 light coats. Let me say that again, 3-5 light coats. Doing heavy coats calls for failure. Take your time to get professional results. Depending on the weather, wait 10-20 minutes between coats of primer. It should be completely dry.

If you want, in-between coats you can sand it lightly with 800-1000 grit sandpaper to make it nice and smooth.

When your finished, let the board sit for a few hours (or overnight, depending on the time of the day) before painting your finish color.

kid007la3 years ago
DO NOT...i repeat DO NOT paint your skateboard. I know you might get sick of the design or might want something new but don't paint it. The skateboard manufacturers put a special clear coat on top of the paint which gives the board slide. This is necessary for any board, tail, or nose slides. Sanding and painting this will ruin it and give you too much grip.
CraigSnedeker (author)  kid007la3 years ago
I could never grind, even if my life depended on if. Haha
maybe, but you never know. if you keep practicing there's not telling what you can accomplish
CraigSnedeker (author)  kid007la3 years ago
lol I stopped skateboarding years ago.. kept breaking my board
kid007la, Ive painted several boards and come across this problem. the solution is simple. make a coating on the board with surfboard wax. i used SexWax but it would probably work with any kind. just rub the bar on the board, and smothe the coating out with a heat gun. do this several times. just don't let the heat gun damage the paint.
randomray ilpug3 months ago

Thank you for posting that It really helped me out.

ilpug randomray3 months ago

no problem man. Got any cool painted boards to share?

randomray ilpug3 months ago

http://jarm13.deviantart.com/art/New-Calligraffiti-Skateboard-for-Rumble-446812301 and http://jarm13.deviantart.com/art/Skateboard-Calligraffiti-444979203 Very similar boards but the calligraffitti on on is more complex.

danishprod6 months ago

do i need to use primer if my deck is natural colour?

my deck is like this : http://www.google.com.my/imgres?hl=en&biw=1024&bih=499&tbm=isch&tbnid=0TqvvoTRv4lE3M:&imgrefurl=http://socalskateshop.com/index.php%3Fl%3Dproduct_list%26c%3D1666&docid=3AiDiiERBUt62M&imgurl=http://socalskateshop.com/images/products/thumb_30238_minilogodeck-6-126-k12-naturalTN.jpg&w=300&h=300&ei=JcDjUpGUDZHQrQftrID4Bw&zoom=1

CraigSnedeker (author)  danishprod6 months ago
Nope, but primer will help it last longer in the long run.
BeccaRight1 year ago
does it matter if i use spray paint or paint you use in youer house
CraigSnedeker (author)  BeccaRight1 year ago
Nope!
ebonyfalt192 years ago
This is a great tutorial; I wanted to start skateboarding and just got a board at a garage sale. Unfortunately, it's teenage mutant ninja turtles, and since I'm a teenage girl I don't think that's gonna fly. Gonna repaint it something more my speed, and redo the grip tape. Thanks man!
CraigSnedeker (author)  ebonyfalt192 years ago
Thanks :) Glad to help!
rbennett62 years ago
Am i able to paint it with art paint, after say i spray it white
or can i use art paint straight onto a blank deck?
CraigSnedeker (author)  rbennett62 years ago
You should be able to, yeah. Give it a clear coat afterwards to protect it ;)
cheers man
mberg3 years ago
Can I use 100 grit because that's all I got
CraigSnedeker (author)  mberg3 years ago
That will work to get the factory paint off, yes. You basically want to get the "shininess" off, because paint doesn't stick to shinny surfaces.
mberg3 years ago
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CraigSnedeker (author)  mberg3 years ago
Hey, thanks for commenting.

1 Walmart, Kmart, local hardware store, pretty much anywhere.

2 Yes, this is 100% ok! :) Just make sure you press down on the edges really good so paint doesn't leak under them. Though, if you use nice, *light* coats of paint, this should be no problem.

3 Yes, it might.
Thanks
mberg3 years ago
And a another thing. Would my primer color be gray if I want to paint it blue?
CraigSnedeker (author)  mberg3 years ago
Yep! They actually make three colored primers (maybe more), gray, dark gray, and brown. The can will say "PRIMER" though.
caco caco4 years ago
coooooooooooooooooooooooooooolll

CraigSnedeker (author)  caco caco4 years ago
Lol :)
bigredlevy4 years ago
you should try wet sanding the clear coats.

get 380 grit wet and dry paper, dip in water, then sand the board lightly, LIGHTLY!!! it gets rid of the 'orange peel' surface finish. the surface will go dull, but don't worry. whatever you do, DON'T go through the clear to the paint underneath, you will have to re-coat it.

go up a few more grit #'s with the wet and dry, then do the same with a piece of fine steel wool.
then use car polish to buff it back to a shine. it will come up awesome.
CraigSnedeker (author)  bigredlevy4 years ago
Sounds cool :D 
berky934 years ago
Step 6:

Wait a week or so until the paint wears off, and put another cool design on it!

Lather, rinse, repeat.