How to paint a surfboard ~ Fieldey style

How to paint a surfboard by Fieldey

Firstly, Don’t panic.

Painting surfboards is easy… writing instructions about it is not as easy, which is why these instructions are a wee bit long. Follow them through and you should have the most amazing board the world has seen! The video below will show you how it’s done and there are step by step instructions to follow.

Fieldey says: Preparation is key!

Have a good idea… draw it out and keep drawing it until you’re happy with the composition and the look. If you can’t get it to look awesome on paper there’s no hope in hell of doing it on a 6 foot board! I personally think big is better, you want people to spot you from a mile off on the beach, this board needs to look P-I-M-P(ed)!

Housework time: Preparation is the key to a long lasting paint job. Since I use second-hand boards that have already been glassed, I have to prepare the surface well so that the paint will stick. If you miss a blob of wax, or do a shoddy sanding job, that will be where the paint will chip and crack off first.

Check out the clip below, which shows my preparation process from start to finish, or read through the instructions underneath.

Step 1: If it’s a second-hand or old board you’ll need to remove the wax. Either stick it out in the sun for 10 minutes until the wax softens, or if it’s an overcast or cold day, give it a run-over with a hairdryer then scrape the wax off with a wax-comb or an old bank card.

Step 2: To make sure that the wax is all gone, wipe both sides of the board down with mineral turpentine, this will soften any remaining wax and it should wipe straight off.

Fieldey prepping a surfboard and sanding it for painting

Step 3: Now, because you’re a perfectionist and you want that paint job to last for ages, you’ll grab some acetone and wipe the board down one last time to get rid of any wax or oily residue from the turps.

Step 4: You now need to sand the side of the board you are painting. You want to give the paint a surface to stick to. Thus, you need to get rid of that glossy finish. Grab yourself some 240 grit sandpaper and do a couple of runs over the board with the sander. I do at least two for good measure, changing to a new piece of paper in between. It should look dull and not shiny any more. Don’t forget to sand the rails if you want to wrap your paint job further round the board. As per the picture, I use an old electric sander, but sanding by hand will work just as well.

Step 5: Last prep thing, I promise. You should mask out any areas you don’t want painted, because believe me, they will be the FIRST to get paint blobbed on them. Use a low-tack masking tape and cover the rails or reverse of the board.

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Housework is done, prepare to get gnarly.

Step 6: Background time. I like to use spray paint for a quick and instant background. Much ink has been spilt debating the various types of spray paint to use, some like car paint, some like acrylic based, some like enamel based. I’m going to save you some time here, because I’ve experimented with most of that stuff, and the brand I like best is Molotow Premium aerosol paints. It dries fast, stays on like a motherbitch and it works for me.

So spray that background and wait for it to dry and you will be ready for…

How to paint a surfboard

The main feature.

Normally if I’m painting a board for art’s sake and it’s going to adorn a wall I’ll use acrylic paints for the main character, but if it needs to stick for surf use, I’ll use paint markers and inks. In the movie above I’m using Molotow ONE4ALL markers and inks. Paint pens, markers and Poscas are great and come in a variety of colours, they also stick really well to surfboards – the only caveat I have with them is: FOR GODS SAKE USE THE SAME BRAND AS YOUR BACKGROUND AEROSOLS. Don’t be mixing brands kids, this is the one time it’s permissible to be a brand-basher. Failing to do so can lead to dire results if the paints react with each other or with the sealant and cracking can occur. 

Step 7: Draw up the main part of your design. I use white chalk since it’s easy to remove.

Step 8: Then add in the base colours of your design. In the movie above, I’m using refill inks with a brush so I can cover large areas quickly, but you could just as well use marker pens instead. I’m aiming to get a good coverage of ink and most of the major areas covered.

Step 9: Flesh out the design by adding your shadows and building up the mid-tones to add depth to the image.

Step 10: Add your highlights to really make things pop – remember that the lightest parts of the image will be the most eye-catching and will appear to be coming forward, and the darker shadows will appear to retreat, so if you want something to really jump out, make it lighter or add highlights.

Step 11: Once I’m happy with the design, I finish it off with a nice big dose of black outlines to bring it all together and make it look cool.

Step 12: Seal the Deal. So, you’ve finished your masterpiece and decided it’s too good for the world to miss out on and you want to seal it and surf on it pronto. You have 2 options: take it to a surfboard shaper and have them spray it for you, or you can spray a clear coating on yourself. This is where you want to stick to your brand bashing right here – if you used Molotow Premium sprays and say, Molotow ONE4ALL paint markers, then a sensible choice would be to use their branded clear acrylic sealant, or they also recommend Spraymax 2k. For this board I used Molotow gloss acrylic coating and applied four coats of it, sanding very lightly with 1200 wet and dry sandpaper and cleaning off with water and a chamois in between.

Now you’re done! That wasn’t so hard was it?

Finished surfart

If you’re after some inspiration for what other people have done, check out the gallery of other people who’ve followed this tute and created their own masterpieces!

Stay excellent.
Fieldey
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116 responses to “How to paint a surfboard ~ Fieldey style

  1. Thanks for sharing some of your hard-earned trade secrets. Makes me wanna dust off that abandoned 6’8..and bring it back to life..

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  2. inspirational artwork…

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  3. Now I am amped to sand my board and paint paint paint. Thanks for posting

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  4. Anonymous

    I want to use my babies footprints to make a design on her daddys board, can i use Golden Acrylic paint on her skin??

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  5. Ryan

    Dude I’m spray painting my own board using mtn94, I was wondering why you say once painted some boards are un-ridable? I’m a bit of a noobie, I will follow your steps precisely tho, thanks man

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    • Hi Ryan, Thanks for your comment! If you’re preparing the board properly and using compatible paints and sealants you should be all good… I was talking about my own boards – I like to use acrylic paint over the spray paint and it doesn’t hold up well for long term wear. Let me know how it goes!

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  6. Hello!
    A friend of mine has asked me to paint his surfboard and I shall be using your lovely guide. I have a question about the golden acrylics. I tend to paint acrylics on thickly, will this lead to the paint scratching off? I also do not plan to use any spray paints if I can help it. Is it necessary to lay spray paints down as the background or only one way of doing it?

    Thanks for the awesome guide!
    -Heather

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    • Hi Heather,
      Thanks for your message! Is the surfboard going to be used for surfing? If so, then I’m not sure that acrylics are going to be the best bet… I use them for boards that are going to be mounted on the wall! I do know that the most successful mediums for surfboards that are going to be surfed on are spray paints and posca pens, then covered with a heavy duty sealant. If it’s going to become a delightful piece of art for the wall, you can use whatever you’d like on the board and spray paints are not necessary at all – I like to use them because the are a quick way to add a background to a piece.
      Good luck and let me know if you have any more questions!
      Ciao! F

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  7. Alexa Sharp-Wiley

    I am planing on using Posca Pens, what brand would you suggest I use for the background and sealant?

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  8. Love this! Thanks for sharing. I’m buying my first secondhand shortboard, and I’m planning to make something beautiful out of it.

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  9. heaps righteous designs by the way and thanks for all the tips, I’ve just been using poscas but im a painter as well so I’m keen to start prettying up the compost heap of unrideable surfboards we have out the back. Great blog. Ta!

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  10. Reblogged this on Mermaid Avenue Rabbit's Foot Minstrels and commented:
    Check out Fieldey! she paints on surfboards, skateboards, cars and much much more and you can too!

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  11. Anonymous

    Great work”…but i miss (or don`t understand) what kind of paint should we use: Water based (acrylic) or oil based (enamel) ?

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    • Hey thanks! It depends – if you’re not going to be riding the board after you can use whatever you want (pretty much). Otherwise you could use: car spray paint or posca pens, but I haven’t used either of them. I know a lot of people use the posca pens with great success.

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  12. Lindsey Mace

    If you use poscas paint pens what would you recommend for a clear coat?

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  13. Christophe

    Hi fieldey,

    First of all big thanks for the awesome guide! I will use it to pimp my ‘older’ boards! 🙂
    Buy I have a question.
    So I’m planning to shape my first surfboard, and I obviously want to make it look cool. What kind of paint would you recommend if I would paint the blank before glassing? Or wouldn’t you do this, and just paint after the glassing?

    Thanks!
    Christophe

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    • Hi Christophe,

      Thanks for the message! Ok – I don’t often paint on the foam blanks because the texture is too rough for my acrylic paints, but I have used Molotow Belton spray paints on there, and they work fine. So, it’ll depend on what kind of artwork you’re thinking of doing, and what medium you were thinking of using… if you’re using posca pens then I think it would be better to use them once the board is complete.

      Hope this helps!
      F.

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  14. jake

    is there any way i can use your paint brush methods (not posca pen because i want to mix colours) on a board i want to actually ride?

    cheers 🙂

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    • Hey Jake, I’m sure it’s totally possible – you’ll just have to use a paint that is designed for use in water. I’d take a look at some Remote Control Boat forums, I know they use a certain brand of paint on their boats and a particular brand clear coat as well. Since the boats are made of similar materials and designed for water use it could be of some help. Otherwise you could experiment with acrylics and different clear coats, I’m sorry I don’t have any tried and tested methods for you. Good luck!

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  15. ty

    Im buying some used surfboards to use as my menu at a restaurant. What paint can i use to make a solid color and then add Vinyl for my letters on board? They will be outside and have weather on them. Thanks

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  16. When buying a used surf board, how can one know that it was not all beat up, waterlogged, then painted on white to look new.?

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    • I’ve never come across people doing this kind of thing, but I reckon you’d definitely be able to tell if it wasn’t new because of the pressure dings and dimples in the board – it won’t be nice and smooth and pristine like a new board. Also if they paint the whole board white, you’d be able to see and feel where they had taped over the stringer or the paint won’t have the texture/look of fibreglass.

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  17. Gareth Sales

    Hi Fieldey, great article, if only I was a bit more arty.

    I have a 2nd hand mini-mal (first ever board) which is in great condition but is yellowing quite badly.

    Would you recommend sanding it all down and spraying it white?

    If so, which paint would you recommend?

    Thanks!

    Gareth

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    • Hi Gareth,

      Thanks for your message! I haven’t had cause to paint an old yellow board myself, but I reckon if you prepped and sanded as per the first steps, then maybe coat in in a white enamel or car paint that could work. Might pay to ask at a surfboard shaper or a paint shop for a second opinion though, don’t want to ruin an excellent old board!

      Cheers,
      Fieldey.

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  18. Anonymous

    Fieldy,

    I just bought a old longboard and they used some dark resin to fix the tail and nose so it looks bad. The board is white. What paint can I use from Home Depot or Lowes to cover the old dark resin and then I will resin over it. Thanks.

    Kirk

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    • Hi Kirk, sorry for the super late reply. I’m afraid this one’s out of my area of expertise as I’m not sure what paints will or won’t react with being covered in resin – your best bet is a surfboard shaping forum. If you test it out and it works I’d be keen to hear what you used! Cheers, F.

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  19. swannieee

    Thank you for the instructions, I’m stoked. My boyfriend gave me some of his boards to paint but I was always nervous to screw up something nice of his (probably wouldn’t hear the end of it). So I managed to snag a busted up shortboard from some bar.. I don’t know how, but I did. It’s not shiny at all or anything though, but what should I do about the stickers? Scrape em off with a razorblade I presume? I’m just scared to gash it up.

    Eh, whatever… Trial and error. And a stiff drink. Hopefully I will figure it out.
    Thanks again!

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    • Lol! Thanks for your comment! Stiff drink definitely helps, and so does painting on a busted up old board for the first go 🙂 So stickers – scrape them off to start with (gently) and then get some acetone, or a goo removing product and wipe off any sticky residue. Don’t forget to wash off the chemicals afterward before painting. Good luck & send me a pic if it turns out rad!

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  20. Hey Fieldey, thx for the inspiring tutorial and sharing your experiences!
    One question – DO you recommend sanding the (complete) board area even before painting with (posca) pens? I do understand the “grip”aspect and for a fully spraid board it makes absoltly sense – but what if you are just painting parts of the board and leaving “opaque/original” parts as background? wouldnt it be difficult/even ugly to sand larger parts of the board … ?
    Hope question is clear 😉

    thx

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    • Hi Bernd,

      Thanks for your comment! Ok, so I normally paint the whole board so I tend to sand the whole board, but my personal advice in this case would be to sand the whole deck because it’s probably the easiest course of action and won’t make a great deal of difference to the final product once you seal the deck after drawing. The only time it might make a difference is if the board already has a gloss coating applied (e.g. mal), then maybe I would spot sand it. I hope this helps, if you have any more questions let me know!

      Ciao!
      F

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  21. Jerome

    could you maybe show how to come up with a cool design for the board?
    Thanks!

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  22. Maddy K

    So I have a really nice brand new Firewire and I’m in love with it but I don’t want it to have a bad texture after my artist is done with the art on it… he usually only sprays the art with clear coat, but I’m wondering if I should be coating the whole board? I really don’t want it to be patchy I want it to all be uniform. Advice?

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  23. Giulietta

    LOL, I am LMAO, how many times do you have to say, you dont use pens. LOL love it. Your work is to die for, one word, AWESOME.

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  24. Mark

    I like your videos ~!
    But I have a few questions
    (1) Is it OK to use a Silicone spray to do the final coating ?
    (2)When painting, can you use a brush and some Acrylic paint.
    Cause the paint came off with the tape.

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    • Hi Mark, thanks for your comment! Ok, 1). I have never used this nor heard of anyone using it, so I couldn’t give you any advice on it sorry, mostly I use either a car clear coat or an acrylic one. 2). I don’t advise using the acrylic paint if you’re going to be using the board for surfing… spray paints, paint pens and inks are all good if you can get your hands on them. Good luck! Fieldey.

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      • Mark

        Thanks for the advice
        But I came up with another question, for both painting and the outside coating.You mentioned ”spray paints”, can it be water-based?(If I want to really surf on that board)

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        • Hi Mark,

          No problem – the spray paints I use aren’t water based based and I haven’t tried any that are… your best best would be to try them out on a small section of the board with the sealant on top (use masking tape to give yourself a small window to try it out) then take it out for a surf. If the paint chips or flakes you can sand it back off again. The other option would be to contact the paint manufacturers direct and ask them if it’s designed for that kind of heavy marine use.

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  25. Captain Morgan

    Fieldly, first your advise and video is priceless. The end product is incredible! I found your article while researching how to paint on a surfboards. I am surprising my boyfriend for Christmas by painting his short board but I am having a hard time finding a clear coat. I used acrylic paints for the design. The molotow that you use does not ship to the US. Any other products that you recommend?
    Thank you!
    Morgan

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    • Hola El Capitán! Thanks for your comment! The other thing I would recommend trying is an acrylic-based car clear coat… I’m not sure what brands you get in the US, but try checking out a paint supplies shop that stocks car paints. I use one called “Motospray” clear coat. Good luck!

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  26. Ash

    Hey! I have a burning question about the last step… Do you sand the board lightly between each coats of sealant? and what is the reason for sanding?
    Thanks!

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  27. My first video of me painting using UNI Posca Paint Pens!

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  28. Josh S.

    Hey just wanted to say I love your work and only have one question. Would you be so kind as to share your secret for doing the designs with the dish soap? I thought it was a really cool way to do the background so it wasn’t just one plain color. Keep up the awesome work, you’re a huge inspiration

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    • Hi Josh,

      Thanks for your comment! I’ll be doing a detailed YouTube clip soon to show how this is done, but in essence you spray a base coat of colour, wait for it to dry and then sprinkle or strafe the dish detergent over the board and straight away paint your top coat on. When the top coat is touch dry wash it off with water and you’re done! You can check out clips on YouTube of other people demonstrating how it’s done.

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  29. Hey,
    So first of all, I L O V E your work! secondly, I was just wondering what do you use to sketch your design on a board once it’s already got it’s base coat on?.. is it just a white pencil or?,,,
    I apologise if you have already answered this question before – I didn’t have a quick read through some of the questions but did not see it.

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  30. First i just want to say that your artwork is truly inspiring and absolutely amazing. k now for the question can you tell me how you do the dish soap technique because i tried it earlier today and it didnt work out too well, could you just go over how long to let the soap sit before and after painting, if it has to be a certain kind of dish soap, and other tips and tricks you have up your sleeve 😛

    Thank you,
    Evan P.

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    • Bugger! I’ve got a new tutorial in the works for this particular technique which’ll be coming out in the next few weeks, but that’s not much use to you right now! Ok, so it works best if you don’t do it on a hot day or in full sunlight, otherwise the soap starts to dry and you don’t want that to happen. After you apply the soap you need to wait until the paint is touch dry, so it helps to use a quick-drying type of paint, and then wash the soap off quickly. As for the dish soap, I’m using Morning Fresh because that’s what I had on hand to wash my dishes, but any type of thick/concentrated soap will work well – you don’t want it too thin and watery. Let me know what went wrong and I’ll see if I can trouble-shoot it for you.

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      • what the problem was, is that after i poured on the soap i did another coat of paint on top of it and i waited a few hours and the soap didnt settle so it it dripped and it left raised marks in the paint and also paint speckles (almost like over-spray) where the soap was and it looked awful, so i sanded it down and time to try again. thank you so much!

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  31. Hi, I just wanna say your work is fantastic, you’re very talented! I’m a fine artist myself and have just got Luke Hart to shape me a lovely blank that I would love to paint myself before I start surfing it!…my style is more traditional so I do not want to use black lines…I’m painting a crashing wave and want to look almost real, so I was thinking of using acrylic paints thinly and then getting the board glassed straight over the artwork…do you think this will be ok? It’s water based paint..will I need to seal it before glassing is done? I’ve never done this before so advice would be really appreciated 🙂
    Clare

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    • Hi Clare – thanks for your comment! I’ve never painted a blank with acrylics because I don’t like the weird porous texture of the foam, but I do believe water based paint (like acrylics) is fine to use, especially thin coats that will allow the fibreglass to bond to the foam. If I was you I’d ask Luke to see if he could give you a foam off-cut that you can test out the paints – especially if you’re planning on painting something time consuming and detailed – you’re going to want to see how the paints react and behave with the foam. You could also see if he’d glass your test piece after you’re done so you can see how it’s going to look. I wouldn’t think you would need to seal it at all though. Hope this helps!

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  32. Anonymous

    How do i erase posca marker from my surfboard

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  33. Thanks so much..yes gonna get a piece to test first as it will be a lot of work at stake! cheers 🙂

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  34. Ady

    Hello! I just want to say that your art is amazing!. What type of paint (besides spray paint) do you use to create artwork on boards that will be surfed?.

    Thanks!

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    • Hi Andy, You can use a few different things – as well as spray paint I use paint pens, but Posca pens are good as well. Just remember to prep the board well and give it a few coats of clear coat.

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  35. Tom

    Feildey, your a bloody legend i tell you!!! U have inspired me to paint surfboards!!! Thanks a lot and cannot wait until your next one!!! I really love your work!!
    Ur wicked
    Tom

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  36. Paul Ritter

    Love the tutorial!
    A couple questions. First of all, the railing on the side, is the easiest way to keep it real straight with masking tape? Second of all, I know you’ve replied quite a bit about Acrylics and using the surfboard, but Im not too confident using just paint markers for the design, so if parts were done in Acrylic, with enough clear coat could the board still be used?
    And lastly! with a partial design on the deck of the board, is the application for paints and such the same as the underside?
    Cheers
    Paul

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  37. Hey Paul, thanks for your comment! Masking tape is the easiest way I find, otherwise you get heaps of overspray and a fuzzy edge. I wouldn’t recommend acrylics for rideable boards – I haven’t tested them out, but the paint markers are designed more for this kind of use. You can bleed the markers out on a piece of plastic and apply them with a brush if you like, and they behave like acrylic ink. If you’re doing the deck of the board just be mindful of the fact that it’s going to be waxed, so in that case definitely use the markers/inks rather than acrylics. I hope this helps!

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  38. Edna

    Hi,
    I am wondering how many cans of acrylic sealant would be needed to coat an 8’6″ board? Thanks for this post, it is as useful as it is inspiring. Can’t wait to start sketching.

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    • Hi Edna,

      I’d probably be inclined to have 2 or 3 on hand and do around 3 coats of clear coat. Maybe have more cans on hand just to be on the safe side.

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  39. Thanks you so much for the information, just got into doing some local surfboard painting for my area and found this technique to be a lot easier than my old one. Gotta love surfing with a custom board. Love your work!

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  40. Jemima smith

    Hi fieldey my name is jemima I was just wondering if u put another glass cout over the board after u paint
    Kind regards
    Jemima smith🚺❤️💚💜💙💛

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    • Hi Jemima, because I paint the entire board I’d be worried that the glass would delaminate if it can’t adhere properly to the coat below. What I recommend you do is talk it over with your local shaper for some options.

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  41. Growler

    Hey! Thanks for your post, just getting started painting my first board, and this helps alot.

    But I’ve looked all over the internet, and can’t seem to find a reason for the water-based instead of the oil-based. I just bought oil based sharpie paint pens, and opened the pack, so can’t be returned now! should I use them on my board? What’s the reasoning behind the water-based bias I’ve been seeing? And would a coat of polyurethane work for finishing?

    Thanks so much!
    growler
    >

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    • Hey Growler,
      I asked my shapers about your question and they are trying to figure out what brand of pens you’re using as most of them are water based or alcohol based. You’ve got to be careful that they won’t run when you clear coat them, and since I haven’t used them before I’d recommend testing them out on a piece of plastic or metal and clear-coating them to see how they behave. Let me know how you go!

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  42. Growler

    and my board will be used heavily!!!
    growler

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  43. Ady

    Hello,
    Is there a reason why you can’t use acrylic paint on a board that will be surfed (and not just used as decoration)?. Paint pens are a lot more expensive in my area (compared to acrylic), so I wanted to know if it is safe to use acrylics instead. Thanks for your post!

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    • Hi Ady,

      I tend to use paint pens because they’ve been throughly tested out by everyone else and I know they work! The acrylic paint tends to go on quite thick and leave bumps and ridges in the paint which adds extra weight and could be a problem, but that said, I haven’t tried surfing my acrylic boards – you could give it a go, but I couldn’t guarantee the longevity. Good luck!

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  44. Paul Ritter

    Hi there, just wondering, is the process for painting both the bottom of the board, and the deck of the board the same? I am looking at a full design on the bottom of the board, with parts wrapping over to the deck. Just curious as to how to go about that.
    Cheers
    Paul

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  45. Totally New to This

    Hi Fieldey!
    I’m painting my first surfboard for a friend of mine and since you are an AMAZING artist I came for advice. I was wondering if it was ok to use Tempera paint for surboards. If so, what kind of seal would I use?
    Thank you so much in advance!

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    • Thanks Totally New!
      Umm… no I wouldn’t recommend using Tempera if your friend is going to be surfing the board afterwards… I’ve never used that type of paint on a board before and I’d have no idea what to seal it with either, but my understanding is that it is a water based paint like gouache? I reckon your best bet would be acrylic paint or spray paint or posca pens. Good luck!

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  46. Niko

    Hi Fieldey,
    im painting my board tomorrow and dont necessarily want that acrylic shiny look but more of that flat red or black, are there any types of paints youd recommend ?

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    • Niko

      and this is for surfing purposes not decorative

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    • Hey Niko,

      If you can get hold of them, I recommend the Molotow paints – they’re a mat finish and you can clear coat them with a mat clear coat so you won’t get a shiny finish. Otherwise go for a type of paint that has a mat finish over a glossy one.

      Good luck tomorrow!

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  47. Paul Ritter

    Hi,
    Can you tell me how far a molotow 227 One4all marker will go in terms of painting the board? Im trying to figure out how much I’ll need to paint a full board. Obviously minus background as spray.

    Cheers

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    • Hey Paul, depends on what you’re painting if it’s supposed to cover a lot of the board or not and how many colours you want to use. I don’t think that one marker would cover a whole board, maybe a quarter I reckon.

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  48. Chelsie

    Hi! Your work looks awesome! I’ve got a new marine ply bellyboard but it’s varnished. I want to do a henna outline wave design on it using Posca pens, would it be ok to draw straight onto the varnished wood and the just seal it?

    Thanks!

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  49. Hi Chelsie,

    I think that should be fine – just check up online for the appropriate varnish to use and make sure you test it out first if you can.

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  50. Hey, I am following your tutorial here for two boards that are going in my expected sons room. One is going to stand vertical as a growth chart and then I want to peminately mount one horizontally over the crib. Can you give me any advice as to mounting the horizontal one?

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  51. Hi Jason,

    There are heaps of great products on the internet for you to find a permanent wall mounting solution. Your best bet is to google it.

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  52. sarah

    hi, I just want to do a bit of a henna like design on my board not a full job with spray paints and all that. is there any way I can do a simple design on my board without sanding it? is there any kind of marker that I can put straight on my board that wont wash off or require sanding???
    thanks 🙂

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  53. leon

    Hey there I bought a surfboard cheap because it has a ugly colour design keen to paint a new picture on the board may b a massy barrel wave and take it hard out surfing what paints are recommended that wont come off when surfing.
    thankyou

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  54. Chloe Eileen

    Hay.
    I’m doing a surf board up for my brothers 16th and i was just woundering what the best type of black paint to go over a red spray to creat a fish design?

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  55. Joel Patterson

    After its painted do you put a clear gloss coat on it if so how much should you use and what type ??? I plan in surfing on it

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  56. chels

    Hi, I painted a plastic longboard with acrylic paint and used a “waterproof” acrylic sealer, but it still doesnt seem like it will hold for use actually surfing. I understand that the acrylic is waterbased so it was not the best option to use for the board, but it is already done. Do you have any recommendations for a type/brand of sealer that I can use on my board to make it permanent so I can surf with it?

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  57. Rioghan

    Hi. What varnish should I use for posca pens. Thanks 🙂

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  58. Hi
    Thx for all instructions. I just steer preparing my self for new project: my surfboard and your post is so helpful

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  59. Shrinking Contessa

    Thanks for taking the time to write such a thorough article. My ten year old just started surfing and I bought him a used surfboard that’s seen better days. And although he is happy to have it I can tell he wishes he had a nicer one and now thanks to your wonderful instructions we will have a chance to customize the board and make it like new. My parental heart is filled with joy, now we have a project to work on 🙂

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  60. Km

    Hey, does painting the bottom of the boards affect the performance? Is there drag issues or anything?

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  61. Chris Antypas

    Hi!amazing job!i have a foam sup board and I wonder what kind of paint I could use on that material.have you tried that?

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  62. Anonymous

    Awesome

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  63. Drew

    this thread totally helped me. Sick work, and thanks for all of the time spent on answering other folks’ questions. Brush painting on the bottom with golden paints, and taking it back the glasser when done. One tip the shaper mentioned was to wear gloves, as the oil can also cause a delam.

    Just a quick question:
    Do you have a gauge of how thick paint pens (actual paint) are?

    Thanks again!

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  64. Hey!

    I am building a stand up paddle board and am considering painting on the hot coat (when I get to that point). I have a pretty basic design, purple on the bottom wrapping the rails and a white deck. I have some dirt stuck in my deck glass job. So I’m considering covering it with another layer of paint. If I tape off the rails to paint the deck white, when I go to paint the rails… will the masking tape pull up the paint I do on the deck?

    I’m not sure which paint I will use. If you have a suggestion, I’m open to it. Otherwise I’m open to ordering some of that molotow paint.

    Also, for a 10ft board, do you know how many paint cans I would need?

    Your post has already been quite helpful! I appreciate any additional help you can offer me.

    Thanks!

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  65. I love spray paint!! I do wish there were a wider range of colors. I’ve learned to do several very light coats to avoid drips.

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  67. Hi! thank you for the post! awesome work! I’m in the process of painting my 6’3 Fish but want to have the board return to a shiny, smooth finish…how can i do this…right now its rough and the paint looks good but will it ever be shiny again or have this rough matte look?

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  68. Wels

    Can u use a resin to seal the paint instead of a spray clear???

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  69. Lou

    I am having a hard time finding Molotow Premium spray paint and the clear sealant in the US. Where do you buy this brand paint?

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