You know that sinking feeling you get when you realized you screwed up...badly? Like that moment when you realize that you just ruined your board because your paint job is that awful or something just went terribly wrong and it's basically a mess. Once again, you're not alone!

The best thing to do is to NOT panic! Easier said than done...I know, but it's true. I have personally experienced this many times. There was one board we grommed that seemed doomed from the start. The first technique looked awful, so while the paint was still pretty wet, we washed it off with the hose. Then the color combination on the next design was way too dark and the more that was done to it the worse it got. So, the next day, once the paint was good and dry, I lightly sanded over the previous design, then painted over it with a high quality white spray paint (high quality because it had a lot of pigment in it). This was done because I didn't want any of the dark to show through when we attempted to grom it again. It worked, we opted to do the streak technique (you can see a video on how to do this technique on our website, youtube, vimeo or Facebook page). There was a little texture from the previous design, but it ultimately ended up looking really cool! This was after two failures!! Add a photo of that board

I won't go into all the other snags we've had (big and small), not that we screw up all the time, but we've grommed A LOT of boards. Things just happen sometimes. But as an artist, I am not as intimidated by mistakes as some people might be. I have created some really awesome techniques/effects because of mistakes. That being said, I do understand that not everyone will feel the same way.

But, should you have a disaster occur while gromming your board here are a few suggestions that might help:

  • If the paint is still wet enough, wash it off as quickly as possible and start over.
  • If it can't be washed off, try to work with it (i.e. keep adding to the design, make it "busier" eventually distracting the eye from the mistake).
  • Paint over it (it may need to be sanded a little and painted over with a color that will be suitable as a base color, just be sure the first design is dry!).
  • If the paints react to each other you might be able to get it off before it is completely dry, but with spray paint that usually creates a bigger problem.
  • If you cannot get it off, let it dry completely. Then use Citrustrip paint remover (gel). Follow the directions and it should come right off.
  • To remove spray paint overspray, usually rubbing alcohol will take it right off.
  • We do not recommend the use of acetone or similar products, these can damage the integrity of the glass.
  • You can remove most paints (including spraypaint) with Citrustrip paint remover (gel). The odor isn't as bad as harsh chemicals, but still needs to be done outside or in a well ventilated place. We have removed a design that covered a whole board with this product and it worked very well.

Suggestions on how to avoid problems:

  • Plan in advance (draw out designs, practice techniques, test paint combinations, etc.)
  • Know that extremely humid or cold conditions can affect drying time and paint reactions.
  • Prep your board (if it isn't clean and prepared the paint will likely not stick).
  • Use the proper materials (acrylic paints, painters tape, etc.)
  • Don't use poor quality materials.
  • Take your time, rushing will often lead to mistakes.
  • When layering paints, make sure each coat is completely dry before adding another.

Hopefully you don't run into any issues when gromming your boards. But if you do, it is likely not a lost cause.

We have yet to actually ruin a board that we ran into problems with. If you have questions, we're happy to help so feel free to contact us via email here.

Good luck! And send us pics of your finished board or enter it in our Board Art Contest!

This video is a great starting point for anyone interested in creating board art on one of their boards.