Hoverboards have become a huge trend over the past years, with more and more people casually riding their neat, shiny hoverboards on the sidewalks and in parks.
However, when in active use, hoverboards tend to become scuffed up and gain scratches with time.
Although it doesn’t matter to what makes your hoverboard work, these scratches still make your mobility device look less appealing.
A scuffed-up hoverboard often creates this rough and slightly beaten look and tough design. In that regard, many customers are usually on the look-out for ways to restore the initial look of their beloved gadget.
In this post, you’ll be learning how you can cover up scratches on your scuffed up hoverboard.
Covering Up Scratches On Your Hoverboard
Most producers make their hoverboards in different colors and designs and out of plastic. And they cover this plastic with only one coat of paint, no primer or finish.
This is the reason why when you bump into surfaces or objects with your hoverboard, you tend to find scratches more often than not.
To combat these scratches, the long-lasting option is to paint and scratch-proof a hoverboard that is actively used.
To achieve this, you’ll need some essential items.
Items You’ll Need To Scratch Proof Your Hoverboard
Hoverboards get scratched up when they’ve gone through regular usage and it is of extreme necessity to learn and understand how to cover up scratches.
Here are the items you’ll need to scratch-proof your hoverboard.
- Your Hoverboard (of course)
- Spray paint (color of your choice)
- Painters face mask
- Sandpaper (medium-coarse recommended)
- Plastic drop cloth
- Hobby knife
- Duct tape
Open Your Hoverboard
To get started scratch proofing your hoverboard, you need to open it up.
Use the screwdriver to open up the screws you see when you flip your hoverboard over. These screws cover the undershell of your hoverboard.
Also, you should remove the screws you find towards the edge of your exposed hoverboard, which covers the top shell of your hoverboard.
Take off the bottom panels and disconnect the light cables.
Sand the Undershell of Your Hoverboard
After opening your hoverboard, you need to use your sandpaper to smoothen the under shell of your hoverboard.
Take your sandpaper and sand the undershell of your hoverboard in a circular motion for about 30 seconds to a minute.
You’ll notice that the scratches in the under shell area are blending with the surface when you are done sanding.
Paint the Undershell of Your Hoverboard
The next step is to paint the undershell of your hoverboard.
Before you do this, make sure you duct tape all the hoverboard parts you don’t want to be painted like the lights, foot petals, wheels, middle indicators, and others.
Also, protect the exposed bottom part with the help of foil and tape.
Next, Spread out a plastic drop cloth to ensure an easier clean-up. Then, take your hoverboard and place the undershell on the cloth.
Make sure you are wearing a mask before you start using the spray paint. Take your spray paint and spray it over the undershell of the hoverboard while staying away with about six inches in between you and the hoverboard.
Spray the undershell until you can barely see the original color underneath.
Then, you should spray about 3-4 coats more in order not to repeat the manufacturer’s mistake (of spraying one coat) and wait for a few minutes in between each coat.
Allow your hoverboard to be at rest for at least 24 hours so that the paint can get dried. Repeat this process on each of the matching undershell pieces and allow them to get dried for 24 hours.
Sand and Paint the Top Shell of Your Hoverboard
Like you did for the undershell, spread out a plastic drop cloth and place the top shell of your hoverboard on it.
Then, take your spray paint and spray over the top shell till you can barely see the original color underneath.
Make sure you put on a painter’s mask and stay some inches away from the hoverboard when using spray paint on it.
Spray on 3-4 coats and wait for a few minutes in between each coat.
Allow the paint to get fully dried for about 24 hours. Do this process with each of the matching top shell pieces and allow them all to get dried for 24 hours.
Reassemble Your Hoverboard
After 24 hours must have elapsed and the paint is fully dried, it’s time to reconnect the pieces of the hoverboard together.
Ensure you identify the points where you need to screw and put the screws back.
Place the undershell, top shell and their pieces back into their spot. Reconnect every wiring and return every screw that was removed to their appropriate positions.
Now that your entire hoverboard has been put back together, you can enjoy your hoverboard with a new, sparkling shiny look.
If you’re unable to go through this process of scratching proofing your hoverboard, you can ask a handyman to do the job for you.