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SurfPaints pen review by South Coast Kook

Updated: Jul 14, 2022

Have you ever wanted to paint your surf board to make it your own?


Where's Wally painted on by using Surfpaint pens
Where's Wally painted on by using Surfpaint pens


Whether you want to stand out in the line up or just want to get your froth back on for an old board, it is a massive mission trying to get the right paint that dosent flake off.


I was one of these people. I had this old board that I had lost my spark on. The board was fine, it had a few compressions here and there, and a small bit of discolouration from a repair job but for some reason I had just totally lost my buzz on it. I needed to do something to help me get it back into the water and I figured a cool, funky new paint job would be the thing it needed!


Talking to some of the older guys I know in the surf, they suggested all these random paints that they swore by. One even being car paint spray. Sure enough the paints cost an arm and a leg and didn’t work.


One Wave Stencil freeing the Funk
One Wave Stencil freeing the Funk


Thats when I found Surf Paints pens. Finally a company that specialises in painting surfboards and skateboards. It’s about time!


Surf Paints pens makes it easier than ever to paint your surfboard.


I definitely recommend buying a starter kit before diving into just buying the pens. When you buy a starter kit it comes with free delivery, So it saves you money there plus it arrived 2 days later which is so convenient.


The starter kit has everything you need to prepare your board and help plan out your design. It made painting my board so much easier because I didn’t have to stress about running to Bunnings or only doing a half ass job. Plus the Starter Kit is value for money


Where's Wally before re waxing
Where's Wally before re waxing


Using the pens was really easy and quick to do. But first, it’s really important to prepare your board to ensure the application looks great and lasts longer.

Board preparation:

  • Strip the wax with the scraper

  • Steel wool the hard to reach spots

  • Lightly sand the board with the sanding block to give it a bumpy surface for the paint to bond Now the fun part, get creative!

  • Map out your design in the design book,

  • use the pencil and masking tape to draw up your final artwork on your board and away you go.

  • Use the pens and paint up a storm!


I’ve never been really good at art but I found it super easy to still add some customisations to my board without being an artist. It’s not as hard as you think…Grabbing these pens really encouraged my inner creative side to come out.


As you can see by the photos I had a whole lot of fun painting my board. I wanted to share the experience that I had so I even bought a packet for my friend who’s birthday is coming up so he can get his froth on as well. Such a great gift idea… I wonder if he will let his grom go to town like I did.


I highly recommend SurfPaints because they work really well, they are super easy to use even a toddler can use them and you can even use them on things other than a surfboard which is a huge bonus.


So easy a toddler can use SurfPaints pens
So easy a toddler can use SurfPaints pens


Even if you don’t want to paint your board I still suggest to have some on standby if you ride a colourful board. I cracked a rail and used SurfPaint pens to colour match my home repair job.

I appreciate your ongoing support of my small business, by purchasing , you are helping the South Coast Kook podcast continue to run.


Jump on over to their website by clicking here and use the promo code ‘kook’ at checkout to receive 10% off.


To learn more about this amazing company, Click here to listen to the podcast episode I recorded with the owner Danny Smyth


Lg attempt at using Surfpaints pens
Lg attempt at using Surfpaints pens

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