You can really place stickers anywhere on your skateboard. However, there are a few places where you can put them to get the best results. There are also some areas on the skateboard where you definitely do not want to put any stickers.
Some of the best places to put stickers on your skateboard are on the graphic side of the board and underneath the grip tape.
Where To Put Stickers On A Skateboard
The best two areas to place stickers on a skateboard are on the graphic side of the skateboard and on top of the board. Do not place stickers on any of the components like the wheels or trucks.
If you want to put stickers on top of your skateboard it’s totally possible. However, you cannot put a sticker on the grip tape. What you need to do is apply the stickers before the grip tape and then use a clear grip over the stickered area. This way you’ll be able to see your stickers through the grip tape and they’ll never get damaged until the grip needs to be removed.
The other place to apply stickers on your skateboard is on the graphic, or on blank boards, where a graphic would be. If your skateboard doesn’t have a cool piece of art then stickers can do be an awesome way to customize the look. If you want to sticker bomb the entire board, you may need 20 or more stickers.
How Many Stickers Do I Need To Cover My Skateboard?
Depending on what you want to do with your design and your skateboard stickers, it will determine how many sets of stickers you’ll need. If all you’re looking for is a few packs of your own skateboards, we recommend buying 2-3 pairs of diverse stickers. Ideally, you should have 20 or more in total.
If you’re not sure where to get stickers for your skateboard you can find some pretty awesome sticker packs for around $10 on Amazon.
However, if you’re looking for fully customized stickers you should head over to Whatever Skateboards to design your own stickers. It’s super simple! Choose the size and shape of stickers you wish to make, then utilize their customizer to customize them. You may arrange any photos, pictures, images, or text that you want.
How To Protect Stickers On A Skateboard
You can protect the stickers on your skateboard by lightly coating them with a clear epoxy resin. The resin will add up to 2 ounces of weight to your skateboard.
What you need:
- Art Resin or clear epoxy resin (Art Resin is used on the bottoms of boats so you know that it is extremely durable)
- a blank skateboard deck
- rubber gloves
- foam brush
- mixing cup
- stir stick
- painter’s tape
Step 1: Tape the top of the skateboard to collect dripping epoxy resin
Step 2: Mix 1 part resin with 1 part hardener in your mixing cup (they are sold together) and stir
Step 3: Pour the resin and hardener over the board and then spread it with the brush (make sure that every area is covered) and wipe the resin to the edges of the skateboard
Step 4: Cover the skateboard as it dries so that dust doesn’t get in it and let it sit overnight
Step 5: Remove the painter’s tape and drill out the holes if they got filled in
Pro Tip: If the epoxy bubbles you can gently blow on them to get rid of them or run a torch over it
Let the skateboard sit overnight to dry. It should feel glassy to touch when it is ready. That being said, you should wait at least three days before you actually ride the skateboard.
How Can You Permanently Remove Stickers From Your Skateboard?
When it’s time to get rid of a permanent sticker, you need to break its molecular link. To dissolve the connection, use isopropyl alcohol or acetone in some cases. Isopropyl alcohol or acetone are two common solvents found in most homes that may be used to remove a permanent sticker.
Gently wipe the sticker residue away from the glass with a damp cloth. Then soak a paper towel in warm white vinegar or room temperature rubbing alcohol, and apply it to the sticker stain for about five minutes.
The residue will be softened so that it may be removed using a credit card. Removing sticker residue is also as simple as cleaning your windows with WD-40.
As you can see, there are a lot of places where you can place your sticker. Some places work better than others and some areas should not be covered with any kind of sticker at all. If you want to learn where the best places are for your sticker, check out our blog post where we go into detail about where the best areas are.
If you’re just getting started, why don’t try putting some stickers where the grip tape lays? That way when it’s time for new grip tape or if something happens to the old one, then your beautiful handiwork will still look great!