There’s something about riding on a repaired skateboard that is inexplicable. It adds a new challenge, and brings a little fun back into the sport that has gotten so serious over the past few years.
If your skateboard has chipped, try saving the pieces and gluing them back on. If the pieces are nowhere to be found, or are completely unusable, then it’s time to get out the bondo. Bondo is great for repairing skateboard chips – you can just mix it then spread it over the cracks and chips and it will prevent them from getting worse. Any excess bondo can be sanded off and the board should ride just like new. It’s important to stop chips early on in the deck’s life, because if they are allowed to grow, eventually the whole tail or nose will wear down and the board will be irreparable.
If you’ve ever snapped a deck, you can fix it with some metal reinforcement sheets that they use for concrete. Have it cut to the size of the deck and then attach it to the deck using small screws, tape, epoxy, or whatever else you have. Make sure to line up the break on the deck as best you can so everything fits together properly. The metal is very light and will make boardslides easier, while keeping your graphic safe. If the board snaps again, just do the repair with a new sheet of metal.
Flatspots on wheels can be repaired without too much hassle. Take an electric drill and put the wheel on the end of it so that it will spin. You may have to wedge some cloth in between the wheel and the drill so that the wheel doesn’t get damaged. When you have the wheel on the end, turn on the drill and get the wheel spinning then place it on some sandpaper. This will grind the wheel down evenly and get rid of any flatspots. Try to keep even pressure on the wheel so that you don’t make them oblong.
If your bearings are slow, take them out of the wheel and remove the bearing shield. Clean them using some bearing cleaner, then add some bearing grease to them and they should ride like new. Some bearings just need to be replaced, but most of them can be cleaned and will work perfectly.
If your trucks are worn down, try epoxying a small piece of rebar or pipe to them. This will keep the trucks from wearing down too far, and you should be able to grind with ease, depending on what you use for the repair.
If you lose an axle, or if the axle gets stripped, you’re basically out of luck. You can try epoxying the axle back into place, but there is really a lot of pressure on that part of your skateboard.
These repairs are really only temporary, so if you try any of them don’t expect them to last a lifetime. Be safe when working with power tools and high strength glues; you wouldn’t want to get hurt. The best thing to do if your skateboard really needs replacing is to buy yourself a few blank skateboard decks. These are cheaper than normal decks and last just as long. A blank skateboard deck is great for the money.