How to Put Design on a Glassed Surfboard
Knowing how to draw or paint a design on a glassed surfboard can allow you to have your favourite stick painted and personalised. This ‘how to’ teaches you the tricks. Usually, designs have to be applied before glassing, however there are materials available out there that allow you to draw your own designs on to old, or new, already glassed boards.
1- Clean your board. Where do you want your design? Bear in mind that should you decide to draw or paint your design on the deck of the board then it will most likely be covered in wax. Wherever you decide to put your design, be sure to properly clean the area back to glass.
2- Grid out the area. In very light pencil strokes, grid out the design area in order for you to properly ‘scale up’ or already practiced design. Keep the pencil grid lines very light as it is tough to remove afterwards.
3- Draw/paint on your design using Posca pens. Paint on the lighter colours first and then build up to the darker ones.
4- Use a damp cloth to clean up mistakes and pencil lines. As soon as possible after mistakes, or once you’ve finished, clean up messy, undesired lines, using a damp cloth.
5- Spray with lacquer. Stand your board up somewhere outside and hold the can about 10 inches away from the board. Very lightly cover the design with the spray. It is best to do a couple of very light coats rather than one thick one, so allow the board to dry and revisit 4 hours later.
6- Surf your board!
Practice your design beforehand and be sure that it’s the one you want. Although not as permanent as a tattoo, board designs are a statement that you need to be comfortable with.