How To Fix A Waterlogged Skateboard?

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A sports enthusiast usually always wishes for sunny days. You can do anything under the sun, as the saying goes. True enough, skateboarding does best in sunny or dry conditions. Both you and the skateboard run hazards when riding in inclement weather.

One of these dangers is bringing a wet skateboard home. However, that does not imply that you must discard the board as soon as it becomes soaked.

Let me show you how to fix a wet skateboard so it may be used again after drying.

 

What Are the Causes Of A Skateboard Being Waterlogged?

There are several causes of a skateboard being waterlogged:

  1. Exposure to water: If a skateboard is left outside in the rain or is used in wet conditions, it can become waterlogged as the water seeps into the deck, trucks, and wheels.
  2. Poor maintenance: If a skateboard is not properly maintained, it can become waterlogged as the water can seep into small cracks or damage in the deck, trucks, and wheels.
  3. Poor quality materials: If a skateboard is made with low-quality materials, it can be more prone to water damage and can become waterlogged more easily.
  4. Poor storage: If a skateboard is not stored in a dry place, it can become waterlogged if it is exposed to moisture.
  5. Accidental spills: If a skateboard is accidentally spilled on or exposed to water, it can become waterlogged.

 

What Are Ways To Fix A Waterlogged Skateboard?

A straightforward fix for a wet skateboard is to dry it out and firm it. Keep in mind these actions.

  • Wiping exterior liquid

Some skateboarders have the good fortune to have their boards wet close to their residences. Towels are then easily accessible before water seeps through the board.

No matter how recently the board was wet, the first thing we do is wipe off the water from its surface.

Make sure the towel is wide enough to cover the wet sections of the skateboard and is absorbent. By wiping the board with a towel that has been moistened, you don’t want to reuse the water that is already there.

 

  • Dismantle the skateboard

Keep in mind that the process’ first wiping phase was the first stage. Grab your skating tool this time. Wheels can be carefully removed by loosening the axle nuts.

Remove the bearings next. It’s entirely up to you whether you decide to remove your trucks as well.

Another wipe-off is necessary after separating the parts. It is important to wipe these places with a towel because water may still be present in the trucks after we disconnect the wheels.

 

  • Drying the skateboard

We’re going to need to utilize a fan or hair blower if the sun doesn’t cooperate. We need to set the skateboard in front of the drying equipment after separating the skateboard’s parts and draining extra water.

When choosing between a fan and a hair blower to speed up drying, choose the latter. The vehicles are also better able to resist rust thanks to heated air.

Keep the skateboard in place overnight or for a few more hours to let more moisture out because we can’t be sure whether the core of the deck is dry.

 

  • Restoring the skateboard

A comprehensive inspection may first go unnoticed, but it may point out problems that need to be fixed.

Fill in all of the spaces between the deck’s layers by using wood filler. Your wood-filling product will work better if it includes a nozzle.

If there isn’t, don’t be concerned. The filler may still be able to get to the interior gaps if it is applied in small increments. Use a putty knife to smooth the material out once you’ve inserted it into the cracks. Lastly, take some sandpaper and round the skateboard’s deck’s edges.

 

  • Replacing parts

Sadly, after becoming wet, several skateboard components, such as the bearings, might no longer work. Relubrication might be sufficient, but it might not result in a decent ride.

Therefore, take out your new bearings and install them on the wheels. There are various methods for doing this. Try your most comfortable approach, then.

To ensure the security of the stepping surface, replace the grip tape as necessary.

 

How To Protect Your Skateboard From Being Waterlogged?

There are several ways you can protect your skateboard from being waterlogged:

  • Use a waterproof skateboard bag: This will keep your skateboard dry and protected from the elements.
  • Apply a waterproof spray or wax to your skateboard: This will create a barrier between the water and your skateboard’s deck, trucks, and wheels.
  • Avoid skateboarding in wet conditions: If you can, try to avoid skateboarding in rainy or wet conditions to prevent your skateboard from getting waterlogged.
  • Dry your skateboard after use: If you do skate in wet conditions, be sure to dry your skateboard thoroughly after use to prevent water from seeping into the wood and causing damage.
  • Store your skateboard in a dry place: When you’re not using your skateboard, store it in a dry place to prevent moisture from accumulating on it.

By following these tips, you can help protect your skateboard from being waterlogged and keep it in good condition for longer.

 

Conclusion

In conclusion, fixing a waterlogged skateboard requires taking a few simple steps to dry out the deck and replace any damaged parts. This process can be done at home with a few basic tools and a little bit of patience. By following the steps outlined in this guide, you can have your skateboard back in working order in no time. Remember to always check for any damage before using your skateboard again and to take care of it to prevent future water damage.

Josh Mitchell

Josh Mitchell

"I live and breath boardriding"

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