Want to change it up and give your surfboard a new look?
Have an old board at home that is just screaming for a new, cooler paint job? Now you can do it by yourself at home with a little work and some creativity. It does not take much at all except a couple equipment and an idea of what you want your surfboard to look like. We usually buy blank (white no design) surfboard and we design it ourselves as soon as we get home.
If you are painting an old surfboard, you need to remove all of the wax, then tape your entire surfboard by overlapping the tape. You will then proceed to draw on the tape, remove the tape in the area you want painted and spray paint. Then clear coat the whole design and let it dry. It is a very easy process when you know what you are doing. If it is your first time, you will feel like you are overdoing things but honestly that is better than messing up the whole project and having to restart all over again.
To begin with, you need to have the right equipment depending on the design you want to do. You want to get it all before starting the whole entire project. Don’t start it and then having to go and buy equipment. Depending on the design you are wanting to get you will need to get colorful spray paint, low stick masking tape, a razor knife, and a bottle of clear acrylic sealant (either gloss or mate, however you want it to be like at the end) are the key items needed. Remember to do this process outside since the pain will spray all over the place without you noticing.
Also if you are redoing an old used surfboard, you will need to remove all of the wax perfectly and need to remove any paint that you longer want with paint thinner. Removing the wax is an easy process but takes time for sure. Pour some hot water on the wax and scrape it off with a wax comb. Then to be very sure it is all out you can use a “pickle” wax remover, it is the extra fiberglass from the surfboard when shaped.
If you want to make sure 100% that the wax is completely removed, you can also use some wax remover. This will insure all the wax is removed along with any residue. Wax will work against your painting efforts so even though this may be a painstaking task, make sure you do a thorough job for the best quality design.
Time to come up with the design for your original artwork. But think big. Bigger graphics will show up better and with all the work you are doing, you will definitely want to show off your work. If you are having trouble coming up with a design for your surfboard, look it up online. Look up your favorite professional surfer surfboards colors and design. This is what I do, and then when I find the one I want then, I change up a couple things so it is not identical and go for it.
You can also just draw something on the surfboard without having to spray paint or anything like that. Lately, all of my surfboards have been coming in with different background colors, then I get home and draw a Disney character on each one depending on the background color. It is not huge but big enough to be noticeable. I currently have Cody the penguin from ‘Surf’s Up’ with a blue background and Nemo with a green background.
This is one case where bigger IS better. So just make sure that your drawings will actually stand out when wax is on it too.
Be creative. This design will tell your story. The next step is to tape your board from rail to rail all the way across and all the way down making sure to overlap the tape. This will keep the paint from bleeding through to the back of the surfboard. You don’t want drips of pain in the back.
Next is design time
Draw your design onto the tape, when finished begin to cut the tape in the areas that you want painted with the razor knife. This part is slightly tedious but be careful when cutting so you don’t mess up the design you are trying to achieve. You don’t want to cut into the surface of your surfboard and make a ding. Don’t’ press too hard either, this will create a ding and some scratches. Keep it gentle and slow. It is time consuming but awesome step!
Peel back the part of the tape you want painted. Do that slowly and carefully as well, this is very tedious work but, in the end, it is so worth it. Cover the rest of your board with newspaper to protect from the over spray, and make sure you are outdoors so that the over spray doesn’t spray your carpet.
Start with light coats of color, letting each layer dry before beginning the next or before changing colors. This will keep designs clean and crisp. Try to keep away from using heavy coats and try not to spray too close. If you spray too close, the pain will drip and not look nice and crisp, it would have to be removed and redone.
Once the design is dry peel the rest of the tape off, slowly and carefully. It takes a couple hours for the paint to be fully dry so wait before removing all of the tape, just to be sure.
Clear Coat Time
Apply 3-4 layers of clear coat making sure to let each layer is dry before applying the next. After you applied all 4 layers of clear coat, let the surfboard dry for at least 24 hours before hitting the waves. This is just out of precaution for the paint and beautiful design you have made to not come off. Been there, done that! It is NOT fun at all.
Lastly, Wax your Surfboard
The only way you are going to be able to surf your newly designed surfboard is by waxing it! If you do not wax it, you will not be able to surf it obviously!
I hope that you find this article helpful in designing a new or old surfboard from home all by yourself. This will be fun and will cost you less than paying someone professional to do the job. If you are not too good at drawing, get one of your friends to do it! It will turn out great and beautiful no matter what.