How To Maintain A Longboard In Great Shape
You know that your longboard needs a proper maintenance service when the bearings start to make a clinking noise or the ride doesn’t feel as great as it once did. You may also come to know of it just by the long time it has been since you last cleaned the parts of your longboard.
Cleaning the parts of your best longboard and extending its life are kind of part of the whole longboard enthusiast job requirements. So here I guide through the basic maintenance procedures that you can follow in order to get your longboard new.
The tools you need
You are not going to need a lot of things. Most of these are probably already in your home.
- A Longboard: the one you need to clean!
- A Skateboard tool: the most important of them all.
- Cleaning Spirits
- Mineral detergents
- A sewing needle/pin
- Lubricating oil
- Blower/Hair Dryer
- A couple or more containers
- Bearing cleaning kit (if available)
- A couple of dry cloth
- Start working on your longboard by taking off the kingpin with the help of the skateboard tool. The largest groove will do it for the kingpin.
- Alternatively, you can start by taking off the wheels first.
- Yaw the bearings out of the wheels by twisting them on the axle.
- Remove the baseplates from the deck.
Now that you have most of the basic parts disassembled out of your longboard, it is time start the cleaning procedure that actually benefits the quality of your ride.
- Start by segregating the rubber from the metal and placing them in different containers.
- Take out the caps on bearings and clean the bearing with the spirit. You will be using the needle/pin to take these caps out depending on the type of bearing cap.
- Use a bearing cleaner if available.
- Immerse all metal parts in spirit and stir it well for about half a minute and then let it be soaked so as to remove most of the grime and oily slime.
- Immerse all rubber and plastic parts into detergent and stir it again so that you get most of the grime and slime out of the wheels, etc.
- Blow dry the metal and rubber/plastic parts individually to not mix things up.
- Once everything is clean and dry, wipe most of it with a clean cloth or paper towels.
- Clean the other parts like trucks, baseplate and the deck with a cloth soaked in detergent.
Now that everything is clean as new, it is time to put them all back into place so that you can bomb that hill in the evening. Here’s how you’re going to do it:
- Lube the bearings with up to two drops of Lubricating oil and put the bearing caps back on. Rotate them to make sure the lube is spread evenly in the bearings.
- Glue any peeling grip tape back to the deck.
- Bolt the baseplate back on the deck, followed by the trucks and the kingpin.
- Put the bearings into the wheels and then bolt them back in place.
- Make sure you put all bushings back into place.
- Ensure the kingpin or other bolts are not cross threaded.
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Now that you have your longboard restored to its former glory, it is time to take it out show yourself just what you’ve been missing these past weeks. Voila!