Custom painting can put an individual stamp on your board.
As snowboarding grows in popularity, it can be a challenge to stand out from the masses. One way is to customize the top-side paint job on your snowboard. Supplies are easy to find, whether you want to paint intricate designs or simply change the colors. With a little innovation and effort, you can be shredding the slopes on a one-of-a-kind snowboard.
1. You can paint designs on the top side of your board.
Wear a mask and goggles to avoid injury, and work in a well-ventilated area. Remove the snowboard’s bindings, stickers and stomp pads. Remove any wax or grease from the top side of the snowboard. It’s not necessary to remove wax from the bottom of the board.
2. People often match the color of their bindings and snowboard.
Cut the cotton swabs in half and use them to plug the eight binder holes. If there are any splits in the board, fill them with epoxy and allow to dry.
3. Sand the board with a scouring pad to roughen the texture. Add a thin layer of rubbing alcohol and allow to dry. Mask any areas you don’t want to paint, and spray a coat of primer. Let the board dry, spray another coat of primer, and let the board sit for a day.
4. Use masking tape to cover any areas you won’t be painting with the main color. If you are stenciling, cut a design into the contact paper with the razor blade. Instead of using the masking tape, place the contact paper over the board and peel back the section you want to paint with the main color. Spray thoroughly and let the board dry. Repeat. Let the new layer dry, and repeat again if desired.
5. Remove the masking tape or, if stenciling, peel the contact paper from any areas that you plan to paint with the next color. Spray each area, let it dry and repeat. Repeat step for any remaining colors.
6. A snowboarder prepares for a ride.
Spray on the clear topcoat and let it dry. Spray no more than four coats in two weeks, or the paint could bubble or lift. Finally, apply one teaspoon of rubbing compound to the circular power buffer’s terry cloth pad. Lightly buff the center of the board, avoiding the edges. You’re set to shred the slopes!