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What Kind of Paint Is Used on Skateboards?

By Contributing Writer

There are two reasons to want to learn about the paint that goes on skateboards: curiosity about the paint that comes on already decorated skateboards, or the need to paint your own blank board.

Significance

When it comes to skateboards, the type of painting style used can be very important, because the paint style ultimately will decide the price of the skateboard. For those painting their own skateboard, painting is important because the style used will determine the longevity of the paint itself.

Types

All skateboards are given a protective deck coating before the paint is applied. Paint from the manufacturer can be water based, silk screen, UV paint or transferred by heat.

Considerations

The most popular types of paint used for self-application are spray and acrylic paints.

Misconceptions

Many people want the most durable type of paint available, but there is no one paint that will not chip if you use your board regularly.

Fun Fact

After painting, a protective seal coat is used to help increase longevity of the board.

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