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So my wife is in my opinion super talented, anyhow i got her to paint my top sheet of my evil twin, and now i just wanna show people. :yahoo::yahoo:

Also if anyone has a good suggestion for increasing its longevity (clear coat etc) I am open to ideas, currently i was going to do a few layers of an outdoor clear coat. :icon_scratch:



 

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That's pretty cool. :thumbsup:
 

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yeah, my big concern is it holding up to wear, since that is the area i skate on etc. I dont have any problem with reapplying a protective coating every few times out, i just dont want it to get scraped off with my boots.

I did some research before hand but it seemed like most people didnt actually intend to use the board.

I had one person suggest an fiberglass resin, I am not 100% sure what that is but dont want to turn my board into something i cant really touch. I am definitely open minded on waht i will try.

I plan to update this thread after some time out to see how different coatings hold up, just in case other people feel like doing the same thing to their boards.
 

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It's also my opinion as well that she's talented! That looks rad.

It's my understanding that traditionally most boards use automotive type paints on their top sheets. I think they use a lacquer of some kind applied in several coats? This stuff is generally pretty toxic, hence why the greener companies aren't using this kinda stuff anymore. You could wear a cartridge respirator if you're that worried, but a few times in a well ventilated area shouldn't hurt you.
 

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You might be able to use polyurethane as well.

You can find all this stuff at the Home Dump or wherever.
 

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Try any coat you use on another item first... Put some of the same paint on another surface you don't care about, and make sure the clear coat doesn't fuck it up. I used to paint custom skateboard decks and a few coats messed up the paint pen ink, kinda melted it and blurred the paint.

Try a spray coat, krylon and rusto make some. Craft stores and home improvement stores will have some durable options.
 

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It was done with acrylics and painted with a brush....well a bunch of brushes of varying sizes....I am art speak retarded so yeah.

The process was:
1. Sand down topsheet to make it rough
2. Give wife idea
3. Get annoyed with artist taking too long
4. Wife decides it is time
5. She grabs her stuff and paints with acrylics for 2.5 hours.
6. tells me she is done and I need to put on a varnish
7. Get spray clearcoat
8. Put on clearcoat and get worried it wont work well enough
9. Post to forum
 

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I used bomb can automotive clear coat. It was okay but a little too soft. I'd be tempted to use proper two part clear coat and "bake" it under some lights. Not TOO hot but warm enough for it to fully cure.
 

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It was done with acrylics and painted with a brush....well a bunch of brushes of varying sizes....I am art speak retarded so yeah.

The process was:
1. Sand down topsheet to make it rough
2. Give wife idea
3. Get annoyed with artist taking too long
4. Wife decides it is time
5. She grabs her stuff and paints with acrylics for 2.5 hours.
6. tells me she is done and I need to put on a varnish
7. Get spray clearcoat
8. Put on clearcoat and get worried it wont work well enough
9. Post to forum
Well look at it this way... No matter what it won't last forever. No art ever does. Especially painted works, and especially when it gets put to use. Your idea of logging all the possible ways to extend its life period is great & that is what should be done and focused on. When it gets scratched up and worn simply have her paint another piece on it for you... and the cycle continues. Your board would be like a live canvas that you shred giant mountains with!!! but at the same time it is also an experiment for learning how to go about preserving personalized ideas and statements on your vessel. So far I think the clear coat is enough, maybe work several layers over a weeks period to thicken it...

Or better yet just have her do a new piece on your board for each season, and keep a photo history for nostalgic memories for awesome winters...
 

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that last idea is really awesome...Ill do the clear coat (since i already bought it) once it gets messed up ill have another image painted on and try a different method. Maybe ill find one that works great.
 

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Sweet there fighting over a turtle:) I do a little acrylics as well and wanted this on my board but couldn't sac up and take a sandpaper to it…yet ;)

BEHOLD! the mythical mountain that never appears in the same place twice. It emerges only for those worthy... Pure HEISENBERG pow runs only. =)
 

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thats pretty neat. You dont have to sand that much down on the board but yeah i was scared at first.

I am still concerned it might change the flex patter somewhat but i doubt it.
 
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