Follow us as we delve into the admirable art of skateboarding spots fixing with 6 essentials you must always carry in the car on your next street missions!
Skateboarding thrives on creativity, self-expression, and pushing the boundaries of what's possible on four wheels. Every city is adorned with skateboarding spots, becoming a canvas for skateboarders to showcase their skills. However, the passage of time, the East Coast Winter and the wear and tear of constant use often leave these spots in a state of disrepair. This is why, as skateboarders, we need to always carry the adequate tools to make sure our spots stay skaetable.
Check out our list of essentials below and learn how to properly fix spots with these easy to find tools.
Bondo was originally created to fix rust spots on cars. More commonly known as car putty, skateboarders have found a great use for this product as they use it to fill cracks at skateboarding spots.
In order to properly patch cracks with Bondo, you'll need a few essential tools and supplies. Firstly, make sure you have a clean work surface by sweeping away any debris or loose materials from the cracks. Also make sure to have a surface to mix your Bondo before applying. A piece of cardboard work perfect.
Then, you will need to apply duct tape around the zone where you want to apply bondo. Next, take out your Bondo can, which already contains a putty knife for application. Use it to start mixing the Bondo according to the manufacturer's instructions. Typically, this involves combining equal parts of the resin and hardener on a clean, disposable surface.
Use the putty knife to blend the two components until they form a uniform color. Once mixed, promptly apply the Bondo into the crack you need to fill, using the putty knife to spread it evenly. Ensure the cracks are completely filled and leveled with the surrounding surface.
Allow the Bondo to dry and harden according to the manufacturer's recommended curing time. Once cured, take the duct tape off the ground and use sandpaper to smooth out any rough edges or excess filler. Last but not least, clean away any dust or debris with a cloth to prepare the spot for skating. Remember, it's important to wear protective gear, such as gloves and a mask, when working with Bondo and during the sanding process to ensure your safety.
Steel Stik is another kind of putty that was created to fix cars, but that’s also the best way to fix cracks ON the actual obstacle you are trying to skate. Start by preparing the surface, ensuring it's clean and free of debris. Gather Steel Stik and gloves to protect your hands during the application process. Additionally, have a putty knife or a similar tool for shaping and smoothing the putty.
Begin by kneading the Steel Stik thoroughly to mix the two components. This ensures a uniform consistency and activates the curing process. Once mixed, apply the putty directly into the cracks, pressing it firmly to ensure proper adhesion. Use the putty knife or a similar tool to shape and smooth the putty, blending it with the surrounding surface.
Allow the Steel Stik to cure completely according to the manufacturer's instructions. This typically takes a few hours or overnight. This is why you should always apply Steel Stik on spots you are not trying to skate on that day. Once cured, inspect the filled cracks for any excess putty or rough edges. Remove any unwanted material using a putty knife or sandpaper. Finish by cleaning the area to remove any residue or dust, creating a smooth and skate-ready surface.
To make a skateboarding ledge smooth using a rub brick, you'll need a rub brick and some basic safety equipment like gloves and goggles. A rub brick is a specialized masonry tool that resembles a large, rough-textured brick. It's designed to smooth rough surfaces and remove imperfections. Start by inspecting the ledge for any loose debris or objects that could interfere with the process.
Once the ledge is clear, put on your gloves and goggles for protection. Hold the rub brick firmly and apply even pressure as you move it back and forth along the surface of the ledge. The rough texture of the rub brick will help grind down any rough spots, bumps, or edges, gradually smoothing the surface. Be sure to work systematically, covering the entire length of the ledge.
While using the rub brick, periodically check the progress and adjust your technique as needed. Pay attention to any areas that require additional attention, focusing on smoothing out any remaining rough patches. Once you're satisfied with the smoothness of the ledge, use a broom or brush to sweep away any dust or debris that accumulated during the process. This will leave you with a clean and skate-ready ledge.
By using a rub brick to smooth a skateboarding ledge, you can enhance the riding experience and reduce the risk of injuries. Regular maintenance and upkeep are important to keep the ledge in optimal condition. Remember to exercise caution while working with the rub brick, and always wear appropriate safety gear to protect yourself.
Wax is an obvious one. The one thing you ALWAYS need to have on you during a session to make sure ledges slide properly. To wax a skateboarding spot, you first need to choose the appropriate wax. Wax that is specifically designed for skateboarding is usually the best. Check out the link below to shop our wax selection.
Once you got the good wax, clean the spot by removing any dirt, debris, or loose objects from the area you want to wax. Sweep or brush the spot to ensure a clean surface and apply the wax.
Rub the wax back and forth directly on the area you want to wax. Start by applying a thin layer of wax evenly, covering the surface and spread the wax using the nose, tail of your board or even your trucks. Move back and forth on the waxed surface to distribute it evenly. Repeat if necessary. Remember, always be considerate of the property and avoid waxing spots that may cause damage or inconvenience to others.