How to Paint Snowboards

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A little paint can change the entire look of a snowboard.
A little paint can change the entire look of a snowboard. (Image: dell640/iStock/Getty Images)

While stickers and decals can change the look of a snowboard, nothing alters the appearance of the board better than paint. You can completely customize your snowboard with exterior spray paint.

Things You'll Need

  • Sticker-removing solvent
  • Razor blade
  • Rags
  • Sandpaper with a grit between 180 and 220
  • Acetone
  • Painter's tape
  • Spray paint
  • Stencils
  • Cardboard (optional)
  • Clear acrylic coating

Remove any stickers on the snowboard with the solvent and a razor blade. Wipe the board with a rag.

Rub a piece of sandpaper over the entire surface of the board, and continue rubbing until the board feels rough when you run your hand over it. The rough surface will help the paint stick better.

Dampen a rag with acetone. Wipe the snowboard surface with the damp rag. Let it dry for several minutes.

Turn the board over. Line the edges of the snowboard with painter’s tape. This will prevent the paint from accidentally dripping down to the underside of the board.

Hold the can of spray paint at least 6 inches away from the board and spray the base color over the entire surface of the snowboard. Keep the can moving in a steady back-and-forth motion so the paint is applied evenly. Additional coats of the base color may be necessary. Let the paint dry between coats.

Create the desired designs by covering parts of the board with tape or using stencils. Spray paint the designs in the same manner as before. Cardboard can be used to cover large gaps, if necessary.

Allow the snowboard to dry for 24 hours. Slowly pull the tape off the board. Pulling it off too quickly can ruin the design.

Shake a can of clear acrylic coating for a few minutes. Remove the lid and hold the can 6 to 12 inches away from snowboard. Spray the coating over the entire board in steady, even strokes. Let the snowboard dry for 24 to 48 hours before using.

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