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kittyripper 04-29-2011 10:16 PM

diy graphics
 
i wasn't sure where to post this but here it is anyway...

i was wondering if anyone has ever done their own artwork on their board? i got inspired the other day and was wondering if making my own decal or doing the spraypaint/stencil thing holds up with the snow/cold temps?

TofuSama 04-29-2011 10:28 PM

As far as I know, you want to find a primer, spraypaint and clearcoat that are flexible. Or, at least have the clearcoat be flexible. The main problem as far as I know is dealing with the flexing, since you can't really prevent paint chipping on the edges when they collide, or if the paint gets scratched. If anything, you'll want to do the best possible prep (sanding/cleaning) to try and keep it strong. I don't know how paints like Krylon Fusion would adhere to a snowboard's topsheet, but any recommendations I've heard were for automotive grade paint.

Vinyl or other adhesive decals are usually suggested since they are more durable and easier to apply.

BurtonAvenger 04-30-2011 12:11 AM

Krylon fusion is the best spray paint option but if you're going to go the vinyl route you can usually find someone that will print you a cover for around 50 bucks.

kittyripper 05-01-2011 04:18 PM

kewl thx for the advice :)

do you know first hand how well it holds up? spray paint vs vinyl decal? there are loads of how to's on the web but no one has actually updated on how well either option has worked for them but i guess with most things you just do it yrself and pray that it works out.

TofuSama 05-01-2011 04:20 PM

As far as I know, spray painting chips easily, can crack easily, while vinyl is a lot tougher, and flexible. Painting is a very time-consuming method, so if you can get a vinyl one printed, it's the better option.

BurtonAvenger 05-01-2011 10:51 PM

Vinyl lasts for years spray paint lasts for days

kittyripper 05-02-2011 12:12 PM

i'm leaning more towards vinyl...seems like paint is alot of work for what could possibly be nothing. thanks for the advice guys it was much appreciated.

btw BA i've been reading yr angry snowboarder blog...LOVE IT!

Snowfox 05-02-2011 12:35 PM

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Originally Posted by kittyripper (Post 400102)
kewl thx for the advice :)

do you know first hand how well it holds up? spray paint vs vinyl decal? there are loads of how to's on the web but no one has actually updated on how well either option has worked for them but i guess with most things you just do it yrself and pray that it works out.

Careful about it.
Did some research a while back and there was a tattooboards company from Europe that would make a wrap for it. Someone bought it and showed a picture of it after 3 days, was pretty screwed up.

A vinyl decal would probably work better than their method though. Wish more companies would do custom jobs for reasonable prices but there's not too many out there...

kittyripper 05-03-2011 11:51 AM

i like to think i'm pretty crafty so hopefully i'll be able to pull it off :) i have a bit of a background in graphic design and a friend who has access to those machines that cuts out those vinyl stickers but thx for the heads up anyway snowfox!

grafta 05-03-2011 01:54 PM

design your shit as VECTORS for vinyl cutting... otherwise you'll be wasting everyones time

sign shops do vehicle graphics, i.e: print, laminated then cut to shape... kinda pricey but pretty sick and if applied properly will last a while


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