Roarockit’s new ROCKITLAM is has a very smooth coating over top of a melamine subsurface.  Regular spray paint will not easily stick to this surface. The surface needs to be cleaned and primed in order for the paint to adhere properly. This tutorial shows how to prepare the surface for painting. I was amazed at the difference after following this method. The paint really bonds to the surface. Obviously a rail slide will remove any paint job on a skateboard but this helps


Paint thinner, varsol.

Kilz Original spray paint primer. I bout this at Home Depot. It’s in the canned paint section, not in the spray paint area.

Quality spray paint. Once primed, both water and oil based paint will work.

Cloth or paper towels.

Rubber gloves

Tack cloth

Scotch-Brite pads



Once you have laminated, cut, shaped and sanded the edge of your deck I would apply a quality sealer coat onto all the wood surfaces. This will prevent your veneers from cracking due to moisture loss. I also drill my truck holes before painting the Rockitlam.

The extra pieces left from cutting the deck blank are great for testing your paints.

The RED, BLUE, YELLOW and BLACK Rockitlam does not need to be cleaned with Varsol before applying primer. Make sure the surface is free from dust. A TACK cloth works well for this. Follow the painting instructions below.

The black and gray swirl patterned Rockitlam has to be cleaned with Varsol after you have laminated it to your deck. This material has a heavy coat of wax on it which was applied at the factory.  This needs to be removed before priming with the Kilz Original. The primer and paint will not correctly bond if not cleaned. I use a clean paper towel soaked with clean Varson. Wearing rubber gloves when using any solvents is a must.

I wash and dry the Rockitlam twice with the Varsol. Dry with a clean paper towel each time. This will ensure there is no residue wax on the surface.

There is no need to scratch or sand the surface of the Rockitlam to help paint adhesion.


Once clean apply your stencil like you would with any paint job.   Using the Kilz Original, spray a very light coat onto the area to be painted until the sub-color disappears. Do not apply a heavy coat. Leaving your stencil in place is a good idea if you are sanding paint layers between coats.

The Kilz  instructions say to wait an hour before covering with your topcoat color. On my tests I have found, the longer you wait the more the Kilz bonds to the Rockitlam. Wait at least an hour longer if you have time. The topcoat also will take time to properly dry. Even if the paint feels dry to the touch it will take a couple of days to really stick to the primer.

Patience when painting is always a must if you want a quality paint job. Light coats of paint with sanding between coats work better than one heavy coat. I use Scotch brite cleaning pads for sanding. They are cheap and work great.

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