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Old    Smed (smedman)      Join Date: Feb 2006       10-07-2008, 12:20 PM Reply   
One of my buddies wanted to make a very unique board -- he had an old T-shirt that he loved the graphic on, so we scanned it and printed on rice paper and glassed it under the board. Wasn't quite sure how it would turn out, but he was blown away when all was said and done. Couldn't stop smiling.

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Old    Jay T. (wakebrdjay)      Join Date: Apr 2008       10-07-2008, 12:24 PM Reply   
NICE!!! That looks Super Bad SMED!
Old    Who Cares (liljohn)      Join Date: May 2007       10-07-2008, 12:28 PM Reply   
Smed that is awsome..
Old    dtw. (notsobueno)      Join Date: Dec 2004       10-07-2008, 12:45 PM Reply   
Smed, that is so amazing.

Ballpark cost for one of us mortals to do something like that?
Old    lakeside5_10            10-07-2008, 12:46 PM Reply   
Thats
bbbbbbbbbbbbbadddddd asssssssss
Old    Rob (wakesurf_ohio)      Join Date: Jun 2007       10-07-2008, 12:59 PM Reply   
WOW!

That board is spectacular!!!
Old    Brian (TXSurf) (bac)      Join Date: Feb 2008       10-07-2008, 1:30 PM Reply   
I'm speechless!!!! That thing is SICK Smed!!!
Old    Jeff Walker (surfdad)      Join Date: Sep 2004       10-07-2008, 2:24 PM Reply   
That does look sweet. Details on the printing, please. A single pass on a color plotter on a roll of rice paper?
Old    Dennis (dennish)      Join Date: May 2005       10-07-2008, 2:27 PM Reply   
TWP now has the ability to take any photo or digital file and make a laminate for a board. This is a board with a digital print.

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Old    Smed (smedman)      Join Date: Feb 2006       10-07-2008, 3:24 PM Reply   
Thanks all for the props! It is so fun to make a product/piece of art that the customer just can't stop smiling when they see it. :-)

Cost wise it is about $50/side extra for the print. The airbrushing on the rails was super tricky to get lined up just right with the cut print (pinlines are great! :-) )

Jeff, you are right - single pass color plotter on the rice paper. Probably similar to what Mike W is doing in the pic from Dennis above. I like that one too!
Old    mobster            10-07-2008, 5:01 PM Reply   
Great job on the art work can't wait to see how it looks in a photo or video, with the right shot it could look killer
Old    Show (bigshow)      Join Date: Feb 2005       10-07-2008, 5:21 PM Reply   
That's amazing.
Old    Kona (konaking)      Join Date: Mar 2008       10-08-2008, 4:29 AM Reply   
Nice job Matt
Old    lakeside5_10            10-08-2008, 5:02 AM Reply   
You may also try,
http://www.oceancraftsgraphics.com
Old    Petr (hawaj)      Join Date: Aug 2005       10-08-2008, 1:00 PM Reply   
Thats cool Smed.
Yep this is how for instance Lost and others are doing graphic on their boards. Did you used regular inject printer with regular inks or something special? Where to get ricepaper in rolls?
Old    Derek (ds3)      Join Date: Jun 2008       10-08-2008, 9:07 PM Reply   
I got to see this thing in person last weekend and these pics are great, but you can't believe how glossy this board is. It is Amazing! I am interested to see what kind of traction is going on it, because it would be a shame to cover up that print. I know Smed had something coming to try, I hope it works.

Great job on the board again Matt, awesome!
Old    wardovision (caskimmer)      Join Date: Apr 2006       10-09-2008, 5:54 AM Reply   
Whatever you do don't put clear traction on it. The stuff is horrible. It's a great looking board but don't sacrifice performance for looks. El Gripo is slightly better but still sucks.
Old    Petr (hawaj)      Join Date: Aug 2005       10-09-2008, 11:43 AM Reply   
How Hula deck works?
Old    Smed (smedman)      Join Date: Feb 2006       10-09-2008, 12:43 PM Reply   
Hey Petr, it is printed on a high end plotter -- wish I could get results like that at home with the inkjet :-)

Wardo
Which clear traction are you talking about? Hula dek or actual clear traction pads? Surfco Hawaii makes some clear pads, but I haven't tried them yet.

Customer just put a black tail pad and a little bit of black traction for the front foot - but he hasn't decided if he wants to do more cuz he doesn't want to cover it up. Looks pretty cool right now with just the little bit of traction, but performance wise he is going to want more. It actually kind of matches his new boat wrap. he's considering hula dek around the traction...
Old    Smed (smedman)      Join Date: Feb 2006       10-09-2008, 12:45 PM Reply   
Petr,

Hula dek is a roll on clear coat that feels like sandpaper.
Old    Johnny Stieg (jstieg)      Join Date: Apr 2007       10-09-2008, 10:50 PM Reply   
wow smed that things insane. very cool
Old    wardovision (caskimmer)      Join Date: Apr 2006       10-10-2008, 7:41 AM Reply   
I was talking about clear traction pads. I've never used one but I've heard nothing but bad things from people who have. Supposedly they're thick, heavy, and slippery.
Old    dtw. (notsobueno)      Join Date: Dec 2004       10-10-2008, 8:35 AM Reply   
Seems like clear anything is just not up to the performance standards. I got a roll of clear griptape for my wakeskate and it just doesn't last near as long as the regular stuff.
Old    Hate N Pain (hatepain)      Join Date: Aug 2006       10-10-2008, 10:08 AM Reply   
Pimp status! Looks awesome is that an Ed Hardy T shirt?
Old    Petr (hawaj)      Join Date: Aug 2005       10-11-2008, 8:44 AM Reply   
I heard that Surfco Hawaii clear pads are kinda slippery when wet, BUT there is a notice on them that you must wash them with soap (or something like that) before first use - probably to clean it from some film which is part of production process or what ... I guess.
Old    mobster            10-11-2008, 9:52 AM Reply   
when we did the ASR demo we used the surfco pads they gave away we had to wax them to get some grip here is the traction that transom uses on their boards Upload
Old    Fly Girl (flywatchingall)      Join Date: Apr 2008       10-11-2008, 11:12 PM Reply   
WOW...dennis and the mob managed to spam a thread about someone else’s board, is there no shame?
Old    mobster            10-11-2008, 11:17 PM Reply   
I was just trying to show the clear traction for smed to use as an example of a clear traction option thanks fly
Old    Hate N Pain (hatepain)      Join Date: Aug 2006       10-11-2008, 11:18 PM Reply   
No, actually they contributed to a thread entitled "personalized custom graphics" that also took a direction into grip pads.

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