Recommendations on How to Paint a Skateboard
In this first post on how to paint a skateboard, you’ll need a decent work space, whether it be a shed or garage or even outdoors. If you intend to work outdoors, careful when spray painting in a breeze.
You’ll also need some work clothes. You will get dirty and unless your clothes and work space has been previously approved by your partner, spouse, or girlfriend, you could find yourself in trouble and ultimately skating alone.
You’ll need to have adequate clean up materials such as a wet cloth to wipe excess paint, a paint area covered by a sheet of cardboard or drop cloth.
Also, though these steps took me about an hour to complete, the whole process took about three days to complete, allowing for the primer and paint to dry sufficiently between steps. Also, sanding by hand is not recommended. I highly recommend the use of an electrical sander as it will sand the surface uniformly without creating valleys or carve lines in.
Before beginning, do make sure that the board you are restoring is in fact repairable and that the plies have not separated.
Tools & Equipment for How to Paint a Skateboard
- An X-Acto or surgical knife
- A putty knife – a metal one, not a plastic one
- A blow dryer or paint heat gun
- 40 grit sand paper
- 150 grit sand paper
- 220 grit sand paper
- An electric sander – with protective glasses and a dust mask
- Wood filler
- Acrylic aerosol primer
- Acrylic aerosol paint
- Aerosol lacquer or Varathane
- Mom, dad, or the babysitter’s permission and approval before proceeding