I’ve had a pre-cut vinyl logo made that is downloadable from the website.

I’ve marked the position of the logo on the board, avoid using a centerline that goes through the logo. Because once you’ve painted it, you cannot sand the line out.

Sticking the vinyl template in position to create the logo
Positioning the pre-cut vinyl logo on the nose of your Kilaia – ensure it’s stuck down correctly

Apply the stencil with a squeegee then carefully remove the application tape.

Take a fine paintbrush and any coloured water-based acrylic that you choose and paint over the stencil to create your logo. Make the brush strokes follow the lines of the grain of the wood.

Painting in the logo over the stencil
Using a fat detail paintbrush – apply the acrylic over the logo stencil in the direction of the grain

After 30mins or when the paint is dry remove the self-adhesive stencil using a scalpel blade or sharp pointed knife. You need to allow the logo to dry thoroughly before colouring the rest of the board otherwise, the paints may mix together when applied and this is not the desired effect.

Removing the stencil with a scalpel blade to reveal the logo
Remove the vinyl-stencil once the paint has dried – circa 30 minutes

Colouring your Kite Alaia

You can use any acrylic on wood however, I like to lightly sand any colour application to ensure that the resin has a contact with the raw wood to avoid any chance of delamination of the resin.

Yellows and oranges stand out against any sea color really well, as a result many of the Wooden-Stuff Kilaia’s are made in natural wood, yellows & oranges but we make boards in any colour you desire.

Acrylic coloured paint applied with a brush or sponge works well
Simple acrylic poster paint applied with a kitchen sponge

You can use a brush but I prefer a kitchen sponge and a little bit of water – wearing a pair of silicone gloves is not a bad idea, as once acrylic has gone off it’s a real blighter to get off your hands!

Applying the colour directly to the raw wooden Kite Alaia deck
Applying the colour with a sponge

Apply the acrylic to the sponge, then run the sponge across the board following the grain direction of the wood. Depending upon how dense you want your colour, you may have to do this more than once. As I mentioned previously, I prefer to let the colour dry and then lightly cut back via sanding, to the bare wood slightly. This creates a shabby-chic kind of finish but ensures that the epoxy comes into direct contact with the wood.

Colouring the deck of the Kite Alaia with Acrylic Paint
Working from nose to tail directly on the raw wooden deck of the Kite Alaia

Flip it over, rinse and repeat once the acrylic has dried on your Kite Alaia.

Chris Middleton

Chris Middleton

Hello, I'm an Englishman living in Montpellier, France. I've been kiting and shaping boards for over 20yrs. I’m super stoked to share my knowledge via these DIY self-build Kilaia pages with you.

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