Surfboard Art

Surfboard art is an excellent way to customize your hand-shaped board or add some style to an old, dingy looking surfcraft.

How to Paint a Surfboard

You’ve got a few options when it comes to surfboard art depending on what stage you plan on applying it to your surfboard. For example:

  • You can apply artwork and paint directly to the foam if you’re shaping your own board using water-based tempera paint.
  • You can use Posca water-based paint pens or acrylic paint and masking tape to apply art to a freshly hot coated board.
  • You can add resin tints and pigments when you’re glassing a surfboard to give it color.
  • Or you can use spray paint to paint an old board.

What kinds of paints to use for surfboard art:

  • Water-based paint pens.
  • Acrylic paint
  • Spray paint
  • Clear-coat (to protect your art)

To apply artwork to an old surfboard:

  • Clean off all the wax and wipe the board down with acetone or mineral spirits.
  • Give the surface a quick sanding with some medium-fine grit sandpaper.
  • Wipe down any dust.
  • Sketch your artwork or lay down your tape lines.
  • Apply your art. (Posca Paint pens are a great choice here).
  • Give it a light clear coat to protect it. About 8 to 10 really light passes with an acrylic clear coat should do.

Now you’ve got a real groovy board.

Check out some of art supplies and resin pigments you can use on your surfboard.

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