Key Takeaways:

  • Hoverboards can be customized by painting them.
  • Spray paint is the best option to ensure smooth, even coats.
  • Take your time, prepare the board, and wait between coats to prevent streaks and drips.

Not everyone wants a new hoverboard that looks like it came straight from the factory assembly line. Depending on your tastes, you might want to customize your hoverboard so that it reflects your personality and looks unique. While there are a lot of options you can choose for customizing your ride, painting a hoverboard is also a popular choice for many people.

How to Paint Your Hoverboard

Of all of the modification options, painting your hoverboard will take the longest as you’ll need to prep, paint, and wait for it to dry thoroughly before you begin using it again.

Cover areas you don’t want to paint

First, you need to cover or tape all of the areas that you don’t want to paint. This can include any exposed parts of the wheels, LEDs, rubber foot pads, buttons, or even connectivity ports. If you get paint on any access points for circuitry, there’s the risk that your hoverboard may no longer work. Also, make sure to wipe down any remaining exposed areas to ensure that they’re not dirty. This will help ensure even coverage.

Tip: First, you need to cover or tape all of the areas that you don’t want to paint

Tip: If you get paint on any access points for circuitry, there’s the risk that your hoverboard may no longer work

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Prepping your hoverboard surface

Now that you’ve covered the areas you don’t want to paint, make sure to wipe down any remaining exposed areas to ensure that they’re not dirty. Likewise, if your hoverboard is older and has scratches, you’ll want to use some sandpaper to smooth those areas out. This will help ensure even coverage.

Tip: make sure to wipe down any remaining exposed areas to ensure that they’re not dirty. Likewise, if your hoverboard is older and has scratches, you’ll want to use some sandpaper to smooth those areas out

Don’t Apply Paint to Dirty Surfaces

If you want your modification job to last, it’s always best to work on a clean dry surface. You want to make sure that your hoverboard is clean and free from dust or dirt which can create texture when you paint. Likewise, a dirty hoverboard may lead to missed spots when you use spray paint.

Find a safe surface to begin

Ideally, lay down newspapers or cardboard to ensure you don’t accidentally spray the floor or ground.

Paint, dry, repeat

Once you’re ready to begin, apply an even coating of paint to all exposed surfaces. Once you’ve thoroughly covered the hoverboard with an initial layer, let it dry. Dry times can vary by spray paint brand so follow the instructions on the can. Follow up with a second layer to ensure that you’ve fully covered the hoverboard and let it dry again. Once dry, remove the tape, and hit the road.

Tip: Dry times can vary by spray paint brand so follow the instructions on the can

STAT:

Before spraying, you must tape over all the areas you don’t wish to paint (just like you do when painting walls). Usually, this would be the footpads, LEDs, wheels, and any buttons/connectivity ports. (eRide Hero)

Spray on from 3-4 coats, waiting a few minutes in between each coat. If you need to move the pieces to another location, wait 15-20 minutes until this part is dry to the touch. For the paint to fully cure, let sit for 24 hours. (Instructables)

Sources:

*https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjoEI86um-Q

*https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWsxQWacPLc

https://eridehero.com/blog/how-to-customize-a-hoverboard/

https://www.instructables.com/How-to-Restore-a-Scuffed-Up-Hoverboard/

How to Paint a Hoverboard FAQ

How do I get scratches off my hoverboard?

The best way to remove scratches from your hoverboard is with sandpaper. Working carefully, you might need to test a few grits to make sure you find the right sandpaper that isn’t too rough to cause additional surface damage but can effectively remove scratches.

Can you get a hoverboard wet?

Hoverboards are designed to be used outside, so yes, they can get wet. But having said that, most hoverboards aren’t designed to be submerged in water.

Can you wash a hoverboard?

You can clean a hoverboard. Using a damp cloth or pre-moistened cleaning cloth, you can easily wipe down your hoverboard to keep it looking fresh.

Dorian Smith-Garcia

Dorian Smith-Garcia is a bridal and beauty expert/influencer and the creative director behind The Anti Bridezilla. She is a diverse writer across beauty, fashion, travel, consumer goods, and tech. She also writes for Inverse, Glowsly, and The Drive along with a variety of other publications. When Dorian's not writing she's collecting stamps in her passport, learning new languages, or spending time with her husband and daughter.

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