Hey folks if you are trying to figure out how to paint a skateboard professionally jump in the blog and comment or criticize in the comments section below. This article is meant to solve the problem of those decks you trip over in the shed that the kids don’t want anymore. Whether you want to simply repaint a skateboard or restore a skateboard this article should assist you.
I’ve read several similar articles but they don’t go into detail more than “sand board, then prime”. I wanted to provide more detail as to what sandpaper to use, etc. Please consider that these tips are for the hobbyist and produce as much a “professional” result as possible, but do not equate to a professional skateboard manufacturer’s methods. The point being that skateboards, in order to gain speed and agility, require the lightest weight possible in order to defy physics. Believe it or not, painting a deck in your backyard can produce great looking results, but manufacturers take great lengths to keep the manufacturing process as controlled as possible in order to apply the minimum required amount of paint. Applying too much paint will increase the deck’s weight and even if you were to increase the weight by only one gram, that would be all too noticeable to a professional skater. I’m sure Tony Hawk and Shaun White are past the stage of backyard shed projects.
Unless you can guarantee that you will not sand off too much of the underside art to the detriment of the wood, and apply the exact same amount of paint as previously applied, please ensure that if you are repainting the deck of a pro skater that you set the expectation.