Skateboard maintenance is a very important part of skateboarding, but it’s also one that many people neglect. This can lead to problems with your board and possible injury if you aren’t careful. Skateboarding is an expensive hobby, so taking proper care of your equipment is key!
keep the skateboard clean
- Use a damp cloth to clean the skateboard.
- Use a toothbrush to clean the wheels, as this will get into the nooks and crannies of your wheels.
- A toothpick is useful for cleaning out bearings, too, but be careful not to poke through your bearings!
Lubricating your skateboard bearings is an important step in maintaining the life of your board. You can use a few different types of lubricant, but the most common types are lithium-based or water-based. We recommend using lithium-based because it’s easier to apply, and it lasts longer than water-based.
If you’re applying the lubricant yourself, follow these steps:
- Prepare your board by removing all excess dirt or debris from the wheels and axles. You can do this by wiping down the surface with a rag or towel dipped in warm soapy water, then drying off any excess liquid with another cloth soaked in plain water (this can also be done inside a tub with warm running water). If there is still dirt stuck on after cleaning your board this way, use WD40 to loosen up any remaining grime before continuing onto step 2 below.
- Now that your board is clean and dry, get ready for some fun! Fill up each axle hole with lube until it starts coming out like syrup from one side of each hole; this means they’re good to go! If you want extra protection against friction wear caused by repeated usage over time then apply more lube – just don’t put too much though since having too much could cause problems later on down the road when trying to take apart bolts/screws due to corrosion build up caused by residual moisture trapped inside small spaces like between bolt threads.”
Sand the surface of the board.
- Use a medium-grit sandpaper to sand the surface of the board, working in circular motions. Don’t apply too much pressure—you could damage your skateboard.
- Apply wax with a circular motion, rubbing it into the wood grain of your board. If you have multiple coats on your skateboard, use a different pattern each time you wax—a diamond pattern is best for this purpose.
- Wax should be appropriate for skateboards and not cars or surfboards; try to find one that’s made specifically for this purpose if possible!
Wax the board.
Waxing is a crucial part of skateboard maintenance and all skateboarders should do it. Waxing the board prevents rust, makes it slide smoother, and can even make the board last longer. It gives you better control over your skateboard as well because you have more grip on the surface of your deck. When waxing your deck, there are a few things to keep in mind:
- Use enough wax so that every inch of your board is covered in it (but not too much so that it’s dripping off).
- Allow time for each coat to dry before applying another coat (about 15 minutes between coats)
keep the wheels clean, not too worn down
A good rule of thumb is to clean your wheels before you ride. If you have time, it’s best to let them dry completely before riding so they don’t get slippery. Don’t use abrasive cleaners or petroleum based cleaners—they can damage the bearings and cause rusting. Dish soap and bleach are not good for cleaning skateboard wheels either because they can dry out the urethane surface, causing premature wear (and a potential trip to the ER). For general maintenance purposes, avoid any product that contains ammonia and avoid anything with alcohol in it because both of these things will damage your bearings if left on there too long.
re-tighten bolts once a month
- Check your skateboard bolts once a month to make sure they’re tight.
- Use a torque wrench when tightening the bolts, as it will help ensure that the bolt is tightened enough to be safe, but not too much so that it causes damage to the threads or nut.
- If you don’t have one, you can buy one at any hardware store for under $20—and if you’ve got one already lying around somewhere in the house, use it!
- To adjust skateboard trucks (the metal piece that holds wheels), tighten them so they’re snug against each other with no play between them and no more than three threads showing on either side of each nut. This can be done by hand or with an adjustable wrench if needed.
keep trucks tightned
- Check the trucks for wear and tear.
- Check the kingpin for wear and tear.
- Check the bushings for wear and tear.
- Check the bearings for wear and tear.
- Check the bolts for wear and tear.
keep your skateboard rig working properly
- Check the bearings: This is the most important step and will let you know if your skateboard has any problems. If you have a set of bearings that doesn’t spin smoothly, then it won’t roll on the ground properly and you won’t be able to do tricks or even ride it at all. When checking your bearings, make sure they are clean, then put them in water with some dish soap in it for about an hour. The soap will help break up any dirt or grime that might be stuck inside them so they can spin freely again (don’t worry about getting all of this stuff out). Remove them from the water and try spinning them with your fingers—if they aren’t smooth yet, give them another hour in the water before trying again!
- Check wheels: Wheels are also very important when maintaining your skateboard because they’re what actually helps keep it moving while riding on pavement like concrete sidewalks or asphalt roads; if one wheel gets damaged then everything else could stop working properly as well since there isn’t much traction left between tire treads (due to being worn down) which causes instability while traveling downhill fast speeds along flat surfaces—which leads us into our next point: how exactly do we maintain wheels? Well first off all don’t worry about getting rid completely unless needed because sometimes we don’t have time between practice sessions so instead just take care by making sure both sides still have enough tread left on each side before riding anywhere dangerous rides like skating ramps near river banks where rocks fall when washed away during storms causing damage upon impact against car windshields dented completely beyond repair after hitting guardrails above bridges washed away entirely during floods caused due rising sea levels due climate change resulting from human activities such as burning fossil fuels which release greenhouse gases into atmosphere–
A skateboard truck consists of two separate pieces: the baseplate and hanger. The baseplate is bolted to the deck, while the hanger attaches to both ends of a metal axle that extends from one side of the deck down through its center. The axle provides stability for your skateboard as you ride it, as well as support for your wheels so they don’t fall off.
Tighten bolts on a regular basis
If you want to keep your skateboard in good shape, make sure all bolts are tightened properly whenever you get on it again after some time away from riding—especially if your board has been used repeatedly during its lifetime. This way, it will be able to withstand more stress without breaking apart or separating from its parts
Clean the bearings
Clean the bearings.
To maintain your skateboard, you will need to clean the bearings on a regular basis. This is because it’s easy for dirt and rust to build up in there over time, which will cause friction when you try to use the board. You can simply use water and a toothbrush to get rid of this grime—just make sure that any lubricant has been removed before doing so!
Remove old grip tape
To remove the old grip tape, start by peeling it off. If you want to remove the grip tape without damaging your deck, use a razor blade or other sharp object to carefully cut through the top layer of the grip tape. This will separate it from your deck but still leave the majority of your skateboard intact. If this process is too time consuming for you, there are several other ways that you can remove old grip tape:
- Use a heat gun on low setting and hold it about an inch away from surface of your deck until both layers are warm enough for easy removal (this method works best when removing larger pieces).
- Place a small piece of baking soda under where you want to remove old grip tape; place another piece over top and then wrap with aluminum foil; bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes (this method works best when removing smaller pieces).
- Use a hair dryer to heat up the sticker
- Use a razor blade to remove the sticker
- Use an eraser to remove the grip tape (stickers won’t stick on top of something that is sticky itself)
- Use a solvent like acetone or gasoline to remove the stickers
Check out the trucks.
When you’re checking the truck, make sure the bushings are tight and that the wheels aren’t loose. If you see any problems with your skateboard, you can fix them yourself or take it to a skate shop for repairs.
Regular inspections of your skateboard are important.
When you’re inspecting your skateboard, it’s important to check the following items:
- Bearings and bushings. These parts keep the wheels rolling smoothly, but they can wear out over time. Replace them if they feel loose or their edges appear worn down.
- Wheels. Make sure that each wheel is secure with no excessive play, as this can cause your board to wobble or even break apart during use. If a wheel feels loose or moves around easily when you spin it by hand, consider replacing it with another one from your collection of spare parts—or ask an expert for help!
- Trucks and bolts (hardware). Keep an eye on all of the nuts and bolts that hold everything together; make sure none has worked itself loose thanks to normal wear-and-tear over time (the same goes for any other hardware components like riser pads). If something seems loose enough that its safety could be compromised during riding conditions (i.e., not just when standing still), tighten it according to manufacturer instructions before hitting pavement again!
Replace your board every year.
- If you notice any cracks, dings or warping, replace your board.
- If you notice any delamination (the layers of the deck separating), replace your board.
- If your board is over a year old, consider replacing it.
change wheels every two to three years
Wheels are the most important part of your skateboard, as they make it roll. They’re also the only part of your skateboard that touches the ground and determine how fast you can go and how smooth your ride is.
This means that wheels need to be changed every two to three years. If you don’t change them, they will wear out and then you’ll start experiencing wheel wobble problems which can make riding more difficult than it needs to be—and maybe even dangerous!
Replace your bushings and bearings if you feel them getting softer or even worse, broken.
The bushings and bearings are what allow you to turn the board, so if they become soft or broken, you’re probably not going to be able to skate your favorite spots. If you’ve noticed that your bearings are getting a little looser, it might be time for an upgrade. If they’re broken entirely, there’s no way around replacing them—you’ll need new ones for sure.
The bushings sit between the trucks and deck of your board and provide grip where wheels meet the board itself; when these get worn out or damaged beyond repair (which can happen through repeated grinding), they should be replaced as well.
You should also look for any signs of warping, delamination, cracks or dings in your deck.
- You should also look for any signs of warping, delamination, cracks or dings in your deck.
- Warping is when the board curves in one direction and needs to be straightened again.
- Delamination is when the layers of wood separate from each other, causing the top layer (usually a painted surface) to crack away from the bottom layer (usually cork). This may be repaired with epoxy glue and clamps.
- Cracks can be repaired with wood glue but dings need replacement parts if they’re too big for a quick repair job
How to prevent your skateboard from breaking
To prevent skatboarding injuries, you should take the following precautions:
- Avoid riding on broken glass.
- Don’t step on your skateboard when your shoes are wet. Wet shoes will make a groove in the deck which can cause it to break.
- Use spacers between your bearings. This will help them last longer and stop them from slipping out while you’re skating around town.
- Don’t use a skateboard as a weapon (unless you’re going to kick someone’s butt–in which case go ahead). Skateboarding isn’t meant for violence; it’s about having fun and being creative!
skateboards are fun and easy to use. They are great for practicing tricks and learning how the best way is to use them. If you know all about skateboard maintenance, then there will be less chance of breaking down or getting damaged during use.