Like their name, longboards usually have a long shelf life. Taking into consideration longboards are made for cruising & not for extreme tricks just like a conventional skateboard, you could normally keep them from getting hashed prior to their time. Still, doing a couple of simple things to maintain longboards could extent their life. The more time you keep your board in riding condition, the more money you will save & the less time you will have to take out of your longboarding schedule. Below are a couple of tips on how to maintain your longboard.
Maintain the deck
- After detaching the trucks, utilize a nylon brush & soapy water to clean the board deck and brush in tight circles across the grip tape side.
- Utilizing a sponge, rinse off the board deck with water that is clean to remove the soap. Check out the board’s surface & repeat this procedure if required.
- Flip the board’s deck over. Utilizing a sponge & clean water, softly wipe down the bottom of the board. Take special care to the region where the trucks were positioned.
- Dry off the bottom with a towel & let the deck to dry for three to four hours. Then, re-attach the trucks carefully to the deck.
Lubricate the Bearings
Before clean the bearings, cautiously take out the rubber shield. Don’t force something since this could result in damage of the bearing.
- Dip bearings in mineral spirits or kerosene. Softly move the solution around so as to guarantee the entire bearing surface is clean.
- Utilizing a 99% isopropyl alcohol, rinse the bearings.
- Utilize compressed air to rapidly dry bearings.
- Adhering to the manufacturer’s guidelines, utilize a lubricant to lubricate the bearings.
- Change the rubber shield
- Put in bearings into wheels
Keep away from puddles, sand or rain. Water & rain will harm bearings & will cut down your board’s performance.