Can you paint skateboard wheels?

If the wheels of your skateboard are  too old and you want to give them the new look. So, it is possible to convert the old skateboard to the new one without using lots of money. One thing more if you like the colors and want to make your skateboard wheels colorful. You are allowed to use acrylic paint to color your skateboard wheels. 

The precise paint coat on the skateboard wheels looks cool. You can use spray paint and synthetic dye to paint the wheels. In this article I will tell you how to paint the skateboard wheels.

What are skateboard wheels made up of?

Usually, it is said that skateboard wheels are made up of synthetic rubber. Synthetic rubber contain  the material which is called polyurethane material and this is the base for the skateboard wheels. Polyurethane is a sticky material used in all gummy-type tyers and other thins of our daily use.

How to spray paint the skateboard wheel?

Use the spray paint on the skateboard that is designed for plastic. Make sure that the paint you are using should be long-lasting and weather resistant. This type of plastic paint has no harm to the skateboard wheels.

The things you need for this are:

  • Fine grit sandpaper
  • Soapy water
  • spray paint
  • Cleaning cloth
  • Skateboard wheels
  • Protective sheet or newspaper

Clean the wheels:

First of all, separate the wheels from the skateboard. Wash the wheels well with soapy water. 

Sand the wheel with grit sandpaper:

After cleaning, now take the fine grit sandpaper to create the uneven surface on the wheels. This rough place will help the paint to become adhesive. But remember one thing that  wheels should not get damage while sanding process.

Clean the wheel again:

Again clean the wheels with the wet cloth so that no sand residue is left over on the wheels.

1st Coat the spray paint:

Use the first coat of paint on the wheels and it should be light.  Now give it a little rest. Hold the spray paint 6 inches away from the wheels while painting.. Before using the spray first shake the spray bottle. 

2nd coat of the spray paint:

Now give the  second coat to wheels. To get the better results, spray paint from the inner side if the wheels to the outer side in circular motion. Be sure to coat the wheels completely. When the second coat becomes dry attach the wheels to the skateboard. Now enjoy the ride with the new look.

Use the right paint so that it does not cause friction while riding. Be sure that your paint should be resistant to anything that can damage your skateboard wheels.

What are the best spray paints you can use on wheels?

When choosing the spray paints be sure to choose that are weather repellent and long-lasting. For your information, some are mentioned here

  • Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch 2X Ultra Cover Paint in Satin Navy
  • Krylon Fusion All-In-One Spray Paint in Metallic Silver
  • Rust-Oleum Universal All Surface Spray Paint in Hammered Bronze
  • Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch 2X Ultra Cover Paint in Gloss White

How spray paints are beneficial for your skateboard wheels?

If you are bored by the same look of your skateboard then it’s possible to create a new look by using spray paints. These are not much costly as compared to buying the new wheels. You can use your favorite color to paint the skateboard. Similarly, you can use a variety of colors to give a unique look. The other benefit is it protects the skateboard wheels from damage.

How to color the skateboard wheels by using synthetic dye?

This is another way of painting  the skateboard wheels. You can use multiple colors to make the wheels good. The things you need for this purpose are

  • Dyemore synthetic dye
  • Water
  • Deep pan
  • Skateboard wheels
  • Stirring spoon

Clean the wheels of the skateboard:

Clean the wheels well with soapy water. That no dust or stain remains on the wheel.

Boil the water:

Now take the water into the pan and boil the water. The water should be enough that the wheels become completely sink into the water.

Add the dye and wheels to the water:

First of all put the wheels into the hot water and add your favorite color dyemore. Now stir the spoon into the water that the dye color the wheels.

Take out the wheels:

From time to time check whether the wheels get the color or not. When they get your desired color, take out the wheels from the colored water. The wheels of your skateboard looking good in your favorite color

After some time put the wheels into the skateboard and enjoy a ride with a new-looking skateboard.

Is it bad to spray paint the wheels of the skateboard?

There is no side effect of the spray paint on the skateboard wheels that damage the wheels. You just need to focus on one thing while buying the paint, choose the good quality paint. Because the low-quality paint may be damaging to your skateboard wheels and will not be long-lasting. Spray paint carefully so that it does not cause a friction while riding.

How long do skateboard wheels last?

The estimated life span of the skateboard wheels is 1 to 2 years. But it depends on two factors how often you ride and in which type of area you skate. If you are regular skater and you don’t clean wheels and skate on the hillsides, your skateboard wheels could be damage after a short period of time. To increase the lifetime of the skateboard it is necessary to clean it from time to time. Such as cleaning the bearings and wheels and greasing them after the few weeks.

Conclusion

Painting the wheels is a good idea to add to the beauty of the skateboard. Some people use different colors to give a unique look. It is not so costly, you just need to buy good quality paint. I tried to give you ideas to perfectly paint your skateboard wheels. I hope it will be beneficial for you. 

 


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Hi everyone, I am Ashley, live in Sheffield, England. I'm a Boardsports enthusiast and I've been skateboarding streets since my childhood. As to this site, the goal is to help beginner riders find their perfect equipment so they can have an enjoyable experience on whatever type of board best suits them- whether it be downhill riding or long boarding! Everything written here should be taken as opinion only because everyone's preferences are different, but at least now there will always seem less confusion when looking for gear online.

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