How to glue skin onto a skateboard?
For a beginner who has always seen a skateboard in an assembled state, it will be a surprise to learn that the skin needs to be glued to the deck. This must be done correctly so that the sandpaper lays flat on the board, without bubbles, and also does not come off after the first ride.
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In order to glue something you need to have it. Let’s say you somehow bought a deck, but you don’t know what the sandpaper looks like in order to buy it.
Funny story about gluing sandpaper to a deck
The experience of gluing skins is passed on from generation to generation: from more experienced riders to less experienced ones. One of the novice riders asked a very interesting question: “What glue should I use to glue the skin? And my parents also told me that 300 rubles is very expensive for a piece of sandpaper!” Well, don’t even think about gluing the sandpaper to the glue, because it’s specially made self-adhesive!
Stages of gluing the skin
Each rider glues sandpaper in the way that suits him best. Some people approach this process with special perfectionism, while others stick to the blunder. Both options are viable, but it is still better to stick to some technology.
1. Preparing the board
If the skateboard has just been purchased, then no action needs to be taken. If the board was lying in a dusty or cold room, then warm it up at room temperature and wipe off all accumulated dust with a damp cloth.
2. Set of tools for gluing
In fact, you don’t need a lot of things, and at the spot you can generally get by with the means at hand. Among the essentials you can note a good sharpened knife (stationery, mushroom, hunting – any, the main thing is that it cuts well) and a file. Instead of a file, you can always use a skate tool or a screwdriver. Yes, about the knife. Of course, if you take a kitchen knife, then your mother will give you such bream that you will no longer want to glue the emery yourself in the future. Keep this in mind.
3. Mark and glue
Modern sandpapers are made in size 33×10 inches. This means that it is sufficient for any standard skateboard. Even if you ride on a 9.5-inch wide deck, a standard sheet of sandpaper will suffice.
Next, subjective approaches begin, since you yourself must choose the most convenient format for gluing the skin for yourself.
- Someone puts the board down and sticks sandpaper on top, trying not to miss the board. This method is good because after gluing you can immediately press the sandpaper onto the board and see whether it hits the board smoothly or not.
- Someone puts the sandpaper down and aims the board on top. This method is better for beginners, since you will definitely not miss the width of the board. But after getting hit, there are slight difficulties in turning the board over and starting to glue the sandpaper along the entire plane of the deck.
Recommendation: use the first method and if you mess up, don’t be afraid to peel off the sandpaper and try again. No need to glue it haphazardly, you will disappoint yourself.
4. Making a border
Of course, some people skip this step, but for the first time it is better for yourself and the cutter to outline the contour along which the emery will be cut. To do this, take some kind of metal object, preferably a round one, and begin to grind the edges of the sandpaper along the edges of the board. Don’t be afraid and drive with effort so that the outline appears clearly. Don’t scratch your hands, because the new sandpaper is very tenacious.
p.s. advice from people who have glued a huge amount of emery – make technical cuts in the places where the deck transitions into the bend of the nose and tail. This will help you make the most clear edging in these places.
We take out something sharp and begin to move it along the made edging in one motion to cut off all the excess. Do not cut in jerks, as the outline will be very uneven. A well-sharpened blade will go like clockwork.
6. Final stage
Here again, you can act in several ways:
- or you go along the edges of the board with scraps of sandpaper to sharpen all the unevenness of the trim and better glue the edges of the sandpaper;
- or you take the same metal object and, with jerky movements to the side of the board, begin to remove all the excess unevenly cut sandpaper.