Here’s Holly’s guide to up­cy­cling a pre-loved surf­board.

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HOLLY’S TIP: Cut­ting corners doesn’t work (I’ve tried many times).

1: Clean­ing

Usu­ally there is a build up of wax and sand. To make things eas­ier I place the board in the sun to soften it up and I use a de-greaser from the hard­ware store with a reg­u­lar wax scraper. Hard­ened glue from the back pad can get tricky, so stay safe!

2: Sand­ing

Once the board is wiped clean and nice and shiny, I sand back the nice glossy fin­ish (surf­board shapers would cringe at this step). Sand­ing is vi­tal, as with­out it the paint would peel off quicker than ap­ply­ing it.

3: Prime

As ev­ery artist knows, it’s a crime not to prime. I use a spray can primer to get an even fin­ish, avoid­ing brush marks and al­ways in a matte fin­ish; usu­ally it takes two coats. Prim­ing helps you use less paint when cre­at­ing and makes your brush flow smoothly across your can­vas.

4: Pour your­self a large cof­fee!

5: Plan

I some­times sketch my de­signs on the board with chalk or lightly with pen­cil, to vi­su­alise the fin­ished prod­uct.

6: Paint­ing

I use artist acrylics and brushes to cre­ate my pieces along with Posca paint pens. I use bright colours with high pig­ments.

7: Seal­ing

I do a light coat of clear spray paint in a gloss fin­ish to make the colours pop and pro­tect my work from dam­age.

My pieces are mainly dis­play art pieces and not ideal to shred on (al­though they are still sur­fa­ble, the paint would prob­a­bly be de­stroyed).

To paint on a board you still wish to shred on, I usu­ally re­move all wax and dirt and use spray paint/ Posca pens to cre­ate a de­sign with a light clear coat on top to seal it. Then you’re good to surf a mas­ter­piece of your own cre­at­ing.

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