When you use your beginner skateboard or pro skateboard to do tricks, sometimes the wood deck may hit an obstacle and get cracked.
If the crack is huge, you’d probably be better off replacing a new board. However, if the chipped part is small, you can totally fix it on your own.
Some folks save that broken piece and glue it back on. That is, in case you find where the piece is. However, there is another way we can do this.
We’ll be using super cheap wood filler. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how!
Things You’ll Need
- Razor blade (or Exacto knife)
- Blow dryer
- Putty knife
- Wood Filler
- Grip tape sheet
Step 1: Removing the grip tape (the easy way)
If the crack happens to be on the top surface of your deck, you’ve got to remove the whole grip tape sheet to fix it.
If you just bought that sheet, well maybe you could use it for a couple of more days.
Trying to remove the tape by hand without any assistance would be extremely hard. You could tear the two layers apart, leaving the adhesive side still sticking on the board.
There is a much easier way to do this:
First, use your blow dryer to loosen up the tape. Aim at the edges of the sheet. The hot air from the dryer will help loosen the glue underneath the surface.
Then, use a razor blade (or Exacto knife) and slide along the edges. Now that the glue is loose, you can slide all the way through the parameter of your deck very easily.
Once you’re done, lift the edges of the sheet up. Use the blow dryer once again to loosen the glue in the center of the board.
Now, starting from either the nose or the tail, slowly rip the grip tape sheet off towards you. It shouldn’t snag or tear this time. You may want to place your foot on the board to keep it in place while peeling.
After you’re done, use the razor blade to scrape off any excess tape and flatten the deck out.
Step 2: Choosing a wood filler
You can find wood filler available online or at your local hardware stores. They do come in a variety of types.
There’s water-based wood filler and solvent-based wood filler. Some can be used for wood inside the house while others can be used for wood outside the house.
For skateboard deck which is typically made of maple or bamboo, we recommend getting the water-based wood filler. You can also paint on this type of filler if you want to.
You don’t need much for a small chip. A 12oz or 16oz tub would be a little too much.
Elmer’s E855 Carpenter’s Wood Filler, 3.25-Ounce Tube would be okay. The Elmer’s E887Q Stainable Wood Filler, 3.25-Ounce Tube is also a good choice.
These cost around $5. You may also want a putty knife if you don’t like the filler sticking onto your hands. That’s another $3 bucks.
Step 3: Applying wood filler
After you’ve got your wood filler, scoop a good amount of it out of the can or squeeze it out of the tube.
Then, fill it into the crack on your board. You’d want to overfill the crack with filler. Simply, put a lot more on the area than needed.
We’ll sand the excess away later on. This helps eliminate any craters that are left behind.
All you’ve got to do now is wait for the filler to dry.
Step 4: Sanding the troubled area
If you don’t have a fancy electric sander, that’s okay! You can use that grip tape we ripped off earlier and wrap it around your putty knife. It’ll do the job.
Another way you can do is to use a sanding block. Again, this thing is cheap. You can get it for $5 bucks.
With your tool in hand, you can begin shaping the troubled area. Start sanding away the piled up wood filler. Get it to a nice, even surface.
You can also use your putty knife to scrape off any excess filler.
Don’t sand away too much wood. A thin surface may cause the deck to chip again.
By applying more wood filler than needed, your board is now bulked up!
This is the advantage of this method compared to the save-and-glue-back-on one!
Step 5: Applying a new grip tape
We’re very close to the finish line here. All you have to do now is applying a new sheet of grip tape onto your board.
There are dozens of ways riders approach this. There is no single best way as it depends on your style as well.
We’ll show you one way:
Peel off the back of the sheet. Save that paper because we’ll use it again later.
Then, eyeball the edges of the sheet and the board to make sure they align nicely.
Stick the sheet on the nose and tail of the deck. Then, starting from the center, push your hand down on the sheet to make sure it sticks on the board.
Slowly work your way out towards both ends of the deck. The most important thing is to keep any air bubbles out of the way.
You can then place the paper we peeled off on the tape and slide your hand across the board. This helps stick everything into place.
Score your tape using a screwdriver. Cut off the excess using a razor blade. And hey, you’re done! The board now looks brand new with absolutely no cracks! Well done!
That was pretty easy, wasn’t it? What’s good about this method is that once you’ve nailed it, you know how to fix the board if something happens to it again. You can use the wood filler again and again. Overall, fixing the chipped board costs under $10 and less than 10 minutes. Hope you enjoyed the post. We’ll see you next time!