Resurfacing the Top of a Snowboard

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A snowboard inevitably takes damage from errant rocks and branches while carving down the mountainside. Although the bottom of the board sees the majority of damage, the top of the board is not immune from scrapes. Or, maybe you have grown tired of the design on your snowboard. In either case, there is no need to throw out an old board. Instead, resurface the top of your board to make it look as good as new.

Clean the Board

  • Remove the bindings from your board. Clean your board using rubbing alcohol or cleaning solvent and a rag. Rub the board until it is completely clear of dirt and debris. Allow the board to air-dry. Sand the board using a fine-grit sandpaper. This creates a surface for the paint to adhere to, so make sure to go over every inch of the board surface. Scrape away any uneven parts of the board, including the edges of any gouges or scratches or bits of loose paint. Wipe the board clean using a wet towel.

Prepare the Board

  • Tape the edges of your board to protect them from paint using painter’s tape. Place cotton-tip applicators inside the binding holes of your snowboard to prevent the paint from getting into the holes. Place the snowboard on newspaper or a tarp in a ventilated area. Protect the walls with a tarp if you are working near any walls.

Painting

  • Spray the surface of the board with your base color using an automotive-quality spray paint, taking care to spray both sides of the cotton-tip applicators. Most automotive paint suppliers will mix a can of spray paint in any color you desire. Allow the paint to dry completely. Apply a second and third coat as necessary. Add any stencil, designs or patterns to the board. Use painter's tape to create designs or shapes, or purchase professional stencils to create complex designs.

Protection

  • Spray the surface of the snowboard with a layer of a protective clear coat spray. Use a smooth, even motion to prevent drips. Allow the first coat to dry and apply a second and third coat. It is important to create a thick protective coat to prevent paint from peeling. Allow the protective spray to dry over a few days in an area that is protected from debris and dust. Dust can become embedded in the coating, which will blur your paint job. Make sure that there is air circulation around the board. Carefully remove the tape and cotton-tip applicators. Use rubbing alcohol to remove any stubborn adhesive. Attach your bindings.

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