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    painting a epoxy surfboard

    hey everyone im thinking about painting my 6'1" jimmy keith. the board is epoxy, and i was just wondering what i would have to do to make the paint last for good. any info will be greatly appreciated.

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    That's a tough one... at least the "for good" part. Generally, you'd paint on the foam and lam over it, but you can also paint on the hotcoat, and seal with spray acrylic. Several coats might help it last longer, but eventually, you'll wear off the finish. I've not had good success glossing over acrylic spray, so I would avoid that option. You can, however, epoxy over certain paints, but that's added weight with no real structural benefit, costs a lot, and you need to be really careful about what kind of paint you use and how it's applied.

    What is it, exactly, that you're trying to do?
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    Quote Originally Posted by LBCrew View Post
    That's a tough one... at least the "for good" part. Generally, you'd paint on the foam and lam over it, but you can also paint on the hotcoat, and seal with spray acrylic. Several coats might help it last longer, but eventually, you'll wear off the finish. I've not had good success glossing over acrylic spray, so I would avoid that option. You can, however, epoxy over certain paints, but that's added weight with no real structural benefit, costs a lot, and you need to be really careful about what kind of paint you use and how it's applied.

    What is it, exactly, that you're trying to do?
    i was gonna let a friend who is a really good artist just use it basically as her canvas. and i was gonna prep and finish it for her as long as she did the art work. and shes gonna use some sort of paint pens as well.
    Last edited by wbsurfer; Feb 11, 2012 at 09:09 PM.

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    I painted my epoxy board a few months ago using acrylic spray paint and a couple layers of clear coat. It came out pretty good with a couple of spots chipping away from dragging the toe of my ****ty boots when popping up. Be careful about how much paint you use because in a couple of spots I used too much and when I put the clear coat on it started to bubble. I had to wipe those spots off and try again. Here are some pics:

    surboard 020.jpgsurboard 022.jpg

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    Probably Posca pens...

    As oar404 said, don't goop on the paint. It's best if it's sprayed. Krylon works. Automotive paint is best, and you can sometimes get it in the can. That said, stencils work well. Clear coat with rattle can acrylic.

    It's a surfboard. Surfboards have a lifespan. Make it look pretty and ride it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oar404 View Post
    I painted my epoxy board a few months ago using acrylic spray paint and a couple layers of clear coat. It came out pretty good with a couple of spots chipping away from dragging the toe of my ****ty boots when popping up. Be careful about how much paint you use because in a couple of spots I used too much and when I put the clear coat on it started to bubble. I had to wipe those spots off and try again. Here are some pics:
    surboard 020.jpgsurboard 022.jpg
    did you sand it down first and then paint? as ive read to sand it down with like 200 grit and then paint and then seal and wet sand

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    i used a wax comb to get most of the wax off and then used an old sock filled with flour to get the rest of it off. They sell these things called the pickle wax remover but don't bother wasting the money...the sock with flour in it works fine. Sanding it may have made the paint adhere better but i just stripped the wax and went for it.

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    keep in mind this was my first time ever painting a surfboard so i'm no expert.