The process of applying Boardstix® is designed with the most vividness and durability of the finished product in mind. The basic usage of the marker is the same as a general valve-controlled paint pen, but because the paint is water-based, water can be used to blend, dilute, and erase marks while working. For the marks to be permanent, it is crucial to apply some sort of fixative. We recommend a clear matte or clear gloss acrylic spray after your painting is dry. On this page, we will show you how to paint on a surfboard, snowboard, and our tried-and-true method for finishing with the acrylic spray.
For those who have never used a Valve-Controlled Paint Marker
Boardstix® Paint Pens use a valve controlled mechanism for exposing the nib to the paint inside the barrel. By applying pressure to the tip so that it receeds inside the marker, the valve opens and is now in the process of filling the nib with paint. When you let go of the pressure, the valve closes. Whether you like to keep it light, or you like to over-saturate it and make your marks juicy, the mark-maker has ultimate control over how much paint can fill the nib.
Boardstix® Painting on a Surfboard
① Clean any wax or dirt off of the of the surfboard and use sandpaper to make the best smooth surface. We recommend 200 grit sandpaper for this purpose.
② Paint with your Boardstix® markers. Use water to selectively blend and erase at while you work and at any time before the final finishing process.
③ After final touches are made to your painting, allow to dry for 6 to 12 hours.
④ Apply 2 or 3 layers of clear acrylic enamel spray allowing necessary dry time between each layer.
⑤ Let it dry for 3 to 6 hours.
⑥ Marvel and awe at your finished work!
Boardstix® Painting on a Snowboard or Skate Deck (Non Grip-Tape Side)
① Clean the surface of your board of any dirt or impurities.
② Use an extra fine 1000 grit sandpaper to lightly prepare the surface.
③ Paint with your Boardstix® markers. Use water to selectively blend and erase while you work and at any time before the final finishing process..
④ After final touches are made to your painting, allow to dry for 6 to 12 hours.
⑤ Apply 3 to 5 layers of clear acrylic enamel spray allowing necessary dry time between each layer.
⑥ After the final layer of spray has dried, lightly polish out any unevenness in your board surface with 1000 grit or higher sandpaper.
⑦ Marvel and awe at your finished work!
This kind of painting will always work best on a fresh piece of new grip-tape. Because grip-tape has so much surface area to cover with paint, many non-valve controlled markers fall short of filling the thirsty surface with color. Areas of rich solid color are possible because of the flow control of the valve-controlled tip and durable fiber nibs. Feel free to lay down as thick a layer of paint as needed to get the desired color effect. Beware of bleeding between areas of solid color (take advantage of the bleeding if you're into that). Experiment with dry times before laying down layers of paint on-top of one another. With normal use, grip-tape art acquires a worn-in, patina effect loved by many. Boardstix® are especially excellent for customizing grip-tape.
Tips for Finishing with Acrylic Spray
• Shake can thoroughly.
• Move can across at a 30 to 40 cm distance from your painting while spraying.
• After adding a layer, let it dry thoroughly. Repeat this at least three times.
• When painting during the cold season, the spray can can be run under warm water from your sink for 30 seconds to 1 minute. This causes the pressure of the inside of the can to rise. Having a strong spray is crucial for ensuring the most even and consistent coating of fixative. Make sure you wipe your can of any water before using to ensure no drips land on your painting while spraying. ※ Please be careful! ※ There is risk of the can to rupture and explode if hot water is used or can is warmed longer than necessary!