Originally Posted by boardangel
So you would say only a custom board, if the boards in the shop aren't able to require one's needs anymore? The possibility to give your board individual design, individual touch aren't important for you??
Nah, not really. I find that my board gets covered in snow and ice after the first run, making any board design near impossible to see anyways. However, there are lots of ways to customize a board without having to shell out large coin for a custom job.
A few seasons ago I picked up a wicked deal on a Mark Frank Montoya World Industries board with Forum bindings. Total setup cost around $80. I wanted to give it to my kid but it had this HUGE wigger (chaev for Paolo's region) graphic on the board. You know, a whole bunch of rappers dancing around some guy spinning disks. My kid HATED it (kids can be superficial) so I went down to an automotive shop where they make custom decals for windows. I bought 3 feet of black decal material for about $7. I measured it up on the board and cut out a really unique design that covered the entire graphic. I then copied a design off the base which was a devil head, cut out the design on the decal material and added it to the nose of the board. So now the board had a blood red nose, a dark grey tail and the middle of the board had this cool black design. My kid rode it happily for two seasons, getting lots of compliments on it, then I sold it at a ski swap for $175 (without the bindings...I sold those separately for $80).
You can also pick up blank boards from companies like Option. Pick up a hobby airbrush gun (there is an attachment where you can use a spare tire as a compressor) and do it yourself or take it in to a shop that does custom airbrushing work. Once done, a few coats of automotive clearcoat will protect the finish and you are set (if you clearcoat it yourself, remember to WET sand
in between coats with 1500 grit wet/dry sandpaper. About 4 or 5 coats maximum.)
If you want to get hardcore about custom boards, for a few grand you can pick up all the equipment required to have your own garage snowboard factory. The custom jobs these ops do look sick! Check out this link Graf Snowboards