Using a skateboard is as simple as hopping on one. It takes a lot of abuse, but it’s not difficult to maintain. Professional riders who maintain, repair, and customize their decks should not attempt following instructions. Nevertheless, if you or your children own skateboards, here’s everything you need to understand about skateboard maintenance.
Additionally, these instructions will work for longboards and cruisers, which are longer than a conventional board but smaller than a longboard; they are used for cruising instead of acrobatics.
Attention to the deck
The deck refers to the surface on which you stand on the board. If there are any shavings or loose bits of wood, cut them off and sand them. Keep it away from moisture and dust. Drying the board after a ride in the rains or a puddle is essential. Moisture can lead to warping and deterioration of the deck surface. Please don’t keep your board in a car in hot summertime or chilly storage in the winter since excessive temperatures might damage it. Use skateboard wax for best results.
Keep the grip tape in place
The sandpaper substance atop the board would be the grip tape. A grip pad helps keep the feet in place on the skateboard. Make sure to remove any flaking tape and brush off any dust and dirt from the board to provide a sturdy base. This task can be done with a tiny, damp brush. When you’re done, rub the gripping tape dry. Bust the bubble with a pin and force the air out from the hole to get rid of the bubble in grip tape. Firmly apply the tape to the board. Strip the grip tapes and apply a fresh one for more effective procedures.
The board need to be tinkered with
The axle, the 2 metal T-shaped sections underneath the board, are what we refer to as the trucks. The turning radius of a smaller vehicle is less. Skateboards with stiffer trucks have a harder time turning, whereas those with slacker trucks turn relatively smoothly. You may tighten or loosen the huge nut on the central screw of each vehicle by turning the board over. Make sure both the front and back trucks are as tight as possible.
Tighten the nuts on the truck
Ensure the 4 bolts holding each truck to the board aren’t loosened when changing the wheels. Ensure they aren’t getting loose, but don’t whack them so hard they harm the board.
Wheels should be cleaned and lubricated
Soak a washcloth in dishwashing soap and warm water and wipe out your wheels to keep them from squealing. Dry thoroughly after rinsing with a moist washcloth. Turn the outer nut on each wheel to straighten the wheels. Tighten them as much as possible while allowing the wheel to revolve freely.
Keep an eye on the wheels
To make the wheels spin freely, bearings are affixed to them. Because moisture and dirt might clog them, maintain them as clean and dust-free as possible. Skateboards should be kept in a tidy, cool, dry place. Cover it to prevent dust from accumulating in the bearings when you’re not using your skateboard for a time. It may be required to thoroughly clean the bearings to repair a wheel that isn’t rotating. Thorough cleaning and lubrication of the bearings are required before reassembling them.
When skating, always use headgear and protective padding to protect your head and body from injury!