How to Sand a Longboard

How to Sand a Longboard

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You've chosen your shape and you're ready to sand.

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Skaters are individualistic but make up a cohesive group. Bound by a love affair with freedom of movement, skaters tend to be unassuming and at peace while riding the streets and sidewalks of the city, feeling the pulse and expecting the unexpected. Skateboards become an extension of the skater's body. Longboards are typically over 42 inches long and offer the rider more stability than a shorter board. Longboards are a good fit for cruising. When sanding a new board, have a board-shape outline mark for reference.


Clamp your cut board to the sawhorses along one edge. The other edge will lay over the edge, allowing you easy access to sand.


Sand the edges using the belt sander with 80 grit coarse sandpaper. If you do not have a belt sander, use a sanding block. Sand right up to the mark using smooth, even strokes. You want to barely, if at all, see the outline mark when this step is complete.


Trade out the sanding belt with 150 to 220 grit sandpaper. Sand around the edge of the board again.


Sand the top and bottom of the entire board using 120 to150 grit paper and an orbital sander. Use smooth, even, circular movements.


Swap out the 120 to150 grit sandpaper with 220 grit sandpaper. Sand the top and bottom of the entire board again until smooth.

Things Needed

  • 2 clamps
  • Saw horses or worktable
  • Belt sander or sanding block
  • Grit sandpaper, 80 grit
  • Grit sandpaper, 120 to 150 grit
  • Grit sandpaper, 150 to 220 grit
  • Orbital sander or sanding block
  • Grit sandpaper, 220 grit
  • Safety glasses (optional)
  • Dust mask (optional)
  • Work gloves (optional)


  • Using a plain block sander will work just as well, giving you a bit more control, but it will take longer to complete. Let the sandpaper do the work. Do not press down hard.


  • Wearing safety glasses will help prevent flying particles from getting into your eyes.
  • Wearing a dust mask will prevent breathing in fine wood dust, which could cause respiratory distress.