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i saw an interior photo the other day of a little boy’s bedroom that had colorful skateboards hanging all over the wall. wouldn’t it be cool to decorate the boards with the fabric to match the room? or just be able to make your skateboard look exactly how you want? we used some fun marimekko fabric for our board…check it out!
what you’ll need:
• skateboard blank (available at skate shops)
• fabric, large enough to cover surface of the board (ours is a favorite Marimekko pattern)
• grip tape (also from the skate shop)
• PVA glue
• polyurethane (we used a semi gloss)
• lightly sand the deck with a medium to fine grit sandpaper to help glue adhere to the deck.
• coat board with an even, light coat of PVA glue, lay fabric on board and smooth out any air bubbles working from the middle to the edge.
• when glue is dry trim excess fabric from the edges of the board. if you get your scissors situated close to the edge of the board you can find a little sweet spot to run the scissors so that they cut the fabric easily all the way around.
• take the awl and punch through the holes on the deck so that you know where to screw the hardware when you are finished covering the deck.
• seal the fabric with three light and even coats of polyurethane, letting each coat dry before applying the next.
- when the board is dry and sealed apply grip tape to the top of the deck. we chose to make a graphic pattern on our deck since we are casual skaters with few tricks in our bag. if you plan to use your board for serious ridin’ you may want to apply grip tape to the entire surface. there are some very informative youtube videos with tips on how to apply grip tape to an entire deck without air bubbles. if you our following our lead you simply need to peel the back off of the grip tape and apply like a sticker, taking care to avoid air bubbles.
when your deck is finished and you’re ready to roll, consult your local skate shop to the proper wheels and trucks to complete your project. they range greatly in price so it’s best to seek a little help from a pro.