Skateboarding is an entertaining sport that’s why some people like to skate regularly. They are regular skaters and become experts with time. But they also need to keep their skateboard safe. If the skater doesn’t know about the care of the skateboard, it damages the skateboard. So, you must know how to take care of your skateboard. Grip tape is the best option for the safety of the top deck skateboard.
But what to do for the protection of the bottom of the skateboard? Generally, lots of riding causes scratch on the bottom of the deck. Sometimes something gets stuck in the wheels while skating and causes the wheels to stop moving. Similarly, the bearing stops working for any reason. In this article, I will try to help you in the protection of the bottom of your skateboard.
Parts of skateboard bottom
I will explain the safety of the skateboard bottom by dividing it into two sections.
- The skateboard deck
- Trucks, bearing, and wheels
These are the main parts of the skateboard that make skating possible. If they get damaged how could you ride? Let’s fix this problem.
How to protect the skateboard deck?
To protect the bottom deck of the skateboard, you should follow these steps.
Don’t drag the skateboard tail
Performing the tricks produces friction between skateboard edges and the ground. It causes scratches at the bottom of the deck. For their protection, the skateboard deck guard protector, the shock absorber rubber covering, and the grip nose guard and tail guard are available in the market. You can use stickers or durable paint for the skateboard deck protection.
Keep deck in dry places
The moister ruin the skateboard, so keep the skateboard in dry places. The skateboard plies bind with each other due to the adhesive material, and these materials are soluble in water. So when you skate in the rain or at wet places the deck plies become separate. It wastes your skateboard.
Keep the board at room temperature
Don’t keep the skateboard in extreme heat and cold. The extreme heat can cause the wrapping of the skateboard deck. The wrap of plies is due to the lots of temperature and moisture. By increase of deck wrapping, you can’t ride the skateboard perfectly. So keep the skateboard at moderate temperature.
Protect the deck by using paint
Skaters can use acrylic paints, spray paints, stickers, and clear coats to make the skateboard look good. But it also gives the benefit of scratch protection to your deck board. A clear coat creates a protective layer and a glassy look to the skateboard deck.
Epoxy resin for securing the deck
Epoxy resin is the material that gives weight to your skateboard. Mix the same quantity of epoxy resin and the hardening agent and apply it to the deck. Wear gloves and spread the mixture over the board by using your hands. Now let it dry. This coat will secure your deck from damage.
How do protect the wheels, bearing, and trucks of the skateboard?
Wheels, bearing, and trucks are the necessary parts of skateboards. The damage to these parts of the skateboard stops it from working.
Take care of bearing
The bearing is the part of the skateboard that help the wheels in spinning. When you ride in the rain or wet places, the water causes the rusting of the bearing. So they become jammed. Be sure to keep your skateboard in a dry place.
Cover your board while you are not riding. Because the dust settles in the bearing and the wheels do not work by this. To clean the bearing, firstly separate them from the skateboard. Clean and oil them well. Now attach the bearing to the skateboard and check whether they are working. If they are working then it’s okay otherwise you should change the bearings. It is compulsory to clean the bearing after every 3 months.
Adjusting the trucks
The t-shaped metal parts under the skateboard deck are called trucks. The turning of the skateboard depends on the tightening of the trucks. When the truck is tight the skateboard turns slow while loose the truck the board turns fastly. During adjusting the trucks, be mindful that all four bolts of the trucks should not be much loose. And not be tight so hard that it damage your skateboard.
Take care of the wheels
Keep the wheels clean because dirty wheels are not comfortable riding. During riding the dust stuck in the wheels and stop working. So you need to clean them thoroughly like at first separate them from the board. Clean the wheels with a wet cloth and wash with soapy water. Now let them dry and attach them to the skateboard. You can also paint them to give them a new look.
How to keep the skateboard in perfect shape?
Here are some tips that will help to keep your skateboard in good condition.
- Don’t put the wet shoes on the skateboard because it causes the loss of grip of the grip tape.
- If your skateboard becomes wet from rain, separate the parts of the skateboard and keep it in sun or dry it with an air dryer.
- For the protection of bearing use spacers. They keep the dirt away from bearing and the skateboard doesn’t damage by tightening the nut.
- Be conscious while buying the skateboard. Choose the good quality material with a long lifetime.
If you are a skater you should know about cleaning the skateboard. A good skateboard without care can not long last whether it is too much costly. I tried to educate you that how you can make your skateboard long-lasting. Read my article and learn about caring for the important parts of your skateboard.