How To Give Your
Surfboard A Custom Paint Job
Here are five easy steps to turn your surfboard
into a piece of art. Make a new cool looking stick from your
old brown board. This is the same way the pros do their boards.
you need to Spray Paint Surfboards
Make sure you get the right tools and
materials for the job.
Paint to Use on Your Surfboard
quick dry spray paint, (the link is
to some high quality fast drying acrylic spray paint with
revolutionary nozzles to get different effects-see more
The colors are light fast
and guaranteed for 10 years. The colors are extremely opaque
and the colors are brilliant and intense. In addition Montana
acrylic paint is 100% lead and CFC free. It is the cream
of the crop in artist quality spray paint. **This
is the paint that we recomend and is the best seller from
Saltwater Dreaming Website**
Why Acrylic Paint?
The reason we use acrylic paint is that
acrylic has excellent adhesion, colour and gloss retention,
long-term flexibility, and toughness. Where enamel-based
products can yellow and become brittle, causing cracks and
peeling of your beautiful spray job.
You could also use Paint
which can give a bit of a streaky effect, which is actually
quite good, paint pens let you pull and blend the colours,
giving depth and character to your surfboard masterpeice,
but you have more control over your artwork.
A combination of spray paint and
paint pens gives great results. The best paint markers for
painting a surfboard are Posca or Sharpie paint pens.
It is always best to do your
art on a new surfboard with a sanded matt finish that is clean
from wax and grease. But if it's an old board just take your
time cleaning it up. Once all the wax is removed use some
wax remover or paint thinner (acetone) to get the board as
clean as possible.
You will also need some masking
Tack Masking Tape
works the best, it may cost a little more, but when you are
peeling it off your board it won't rip or tear.
knife and a can of clear
acrylic sealant coat,
quick dry types are best. The brand
we recommend is Krylon.
Painters Masking Tape
Because a small design won't show
up, you need to make your spray job big. Try to be original
and spend some time on your design. Remember this piece of
art will be an extension of yourself on your surfboard.
Basically, if you can draw it and
paint it, it can go on a surfboard. Look at boards that have
been spray painted when being made for ideas and any piece
of artwork that you like can be done with paint pens.
|You could also get the kids to do a design
for you. OK it has flowers, hearts, stars and sunburnt
dolphins, but it was fun and she is proud her dad is now
riding her very own peice of art!
Paint or Paint Pens?
This needs to be decided during
the design planning stage, unless you are a professional spray
painter, spray designs are best for solid colours, straight
lines and maybe overspray effects around the solid colours.
is a good example of this.
Paint pens are probably the best
way to get a real mural effect. Drew
Brophy a famous surfboard artist uses these and the results
As I said before, you can use a
combination of the 2. Spray the big solid colours (especially
if your surfboard is going brown) and use paint pens for the
detail and to blend colours together.
Have a look at some of the surfboard
paint pics below and decide for yourself.
We've also put together a resource
books and DVDs about painting your surfboard that will
help you to decide. Drew Brophy's DVD is a must have if you
decide to go for paint pens.
Your Surfboard for Spray Painting
One thing we forgot to stress a
lot is to clean your surfboard, I am not just talking about
a quick wipe over with a cloth, I mean really clean your board
well. It is vitally important that you clean every bit of
surfboard wax, grease and anything else off the board, or
that beautifdul spray job will start peeling after just a
Once you have taken all wax off,
give your board a wipe down with some acetone.
Once you are totally sure your
surfboard is clean give the entire area you are going to paint
a good sand with a 300 grit sandpaper. This gives the paint
something to stick to.
Painting-Cutting your design
Tape the surfboard from rail to
rail all the way across the board. Make sure to overlap the
tape on top of itself about ¼" inch with each
piece of tape. This will keep other areas of your surfboard
clean from paint.
Once you design is decided upon,
draw it on top of the tape in the area of the surfboard that
you think will look the best.
Then you will cut the design out
with the Stanley knife. But make sure not to press to hard
because you do not want to cut into the glass on your surfboard.
Once you cut out the design peel
off the excess tape from where you want the paint to go. Leaving
the protective tape on to keep paint off the rest of your
If you are doing simple lines and
shapes you can tape off these areas and then cover the parts
of the surfboard that are not going to be sprayed with paper.
Cover up anything else with newspaper
that you do not want over spray paint to get on, my mum keeps
reminding me about this as now our kitchen cupboards have
a really cool looking overspray effect.
Using a light coat of paint, you
can spray over the tape. Try to let the colors or layers dry
before you move onto the next color. Allow this area to dry
before you add any more colors. Remember heavy coats of paints
will only run and make a mess.
Try to spray your board with about
a foot of distance between the spray paint and the surfboard.
The design will look great once you the extra tape is peeled
Paint and Paint Markers
Once the extra tape is peeled off
and the design is finished you will need to apply clear
The clear coat as with the colorful quick dry spray paint
should be a quick dry brand It will protect your design from
being peeled or scratched off.
Its probably best to wait a few hours or better overnight
before you apply the clear coat, to let your masterpeice completly
It should take about 3 or more
layers of clear
Apply the clear coat very thinly. You could use a whole can
on a shortboard by applying many thin coats if the design
covers the entire board.
When the clear coat is dried it
is time to go surfing.
So be creative and remember if
you mess up, all you have to do is retape and spray a new
Post them in the surfboard
painting forum and get them answered.
Go here to see our reccommended range of
Spray paints, Clear Coats and Spray painting books
excellent spray paint examples
Done by us with Posca Paint Pens
The boards below were painted
by Adrian Wiseman from Kirra Hill in Australia, using paint
pens. If you would like Adrian to paint your board you can
contact him here Adrian
These boards were sprayed by Ash Devine
from Mooloolah. If you would like Ash to spray your board
you can contact him here Ash
These pics were taken
from global surf guides.com
A surfboard paint job done
with paint pens, by the famous Drew Brophy
Painted Paddleboard by Drew Brophy
click the photo to see his book on painting surfboards
Not a clear pic, but this sparay paint
job is very nice when you see it for real
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