Using Posca Pens To Customize Your Surfboard and Other Watersports Equipment
Drew Brophy is famous all over the world for his surfboard artwork and he uses Uni-Posca water-based pens to do it. If a man that has paid his way around the globe painting water sports equipment for other people uses these pens, that’s proof you’re getting the best when you choose them. Trusting your design idea to anything less than Posca perfection doesn’t make sense if you want it to last forever.As popular as Posca Pens are for customizing surfboards they work just as well on any kind of sports equipment that is going to get wet. As long as the ink is thoroughly dry, it will not flow into the water and is 100% moisture proof. Posca ink also resists fading, so what you paint today is still going to get envious looks years in the future. A big plus is if you decide to change your design it can be overwritten without bleeding or being reflected back.
Surfboard art isn’t the only use for paint markers. Car dealers, sign writers and crafty people of all kinds find uses for a Posca that have nothing to do with water sports. What it comes down to is a quality product with built-in versatility that brings your design to vibrant life whatever the surface is. Using a lessor quality product may save a few cents, but the art work is going to look flat and dead when its stood up next to a board done with Posca ink. In general shape, most surfboards do look alike. If you want yours to stand out among all the others on a crowded beach, using Posca is the way to do it.
Posca pens are filled with non-toxic ink that has no unpleasant odor to deal with. Plus, the pigment is lightfast and though it will write on just about any surface, it won’t bleed through paper. Consider the material you plan to customize, and if it’s glass, metal, or anything else non-porous like a chalkboard, mistakes are easy to correct. Simply scrape the ink away and begin again. However, when Posca is applied to wood, poster board, plaster, clay pots or other porous surfaces (like surfboards) there is no scraping it off, it’s there to stay.
Some surfaces may require an extra step to get the full benefit of a Posca Pen. Example, if the material is wood, metal or plastic, once the design is exactly the way it needs to be, spraying it with clear varnish is recommended to protect the artwork. For cloth, simply iron it on the opposite side to firmly “set” the ink. Porcelain, Glass, and terracotta need to be baked first and then sprayed with clear varnish. Paper doesn’t need any special treatment since it doesn’t bleed through and won’t lose that Posca brilliance no matter how old it gets.