How to Dye Skateboard Wheels

by Lisa Finn Google
Create one-of-a-kind skateboard wheels.

Create one-of-a-kind skateboard wheels.

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You can express yourself with the way you ride a skateboard -- and the way you make it look. Personalize your skateboard by changing the stock wheels and replacing them with a colorful creation all your own. Impress your friends and family with wow-factor jumps and turns that are made with uniquely dyed wheels. Whether black, red or purple tie dye catches your eye, there's a color and pattern for everyone.

Items you will need

  • Old shirt and pants
  • All-purpose dye color packet
  • Water
  • Stove
  • Stainless steel pot with lid
  • Spoon
  • Tongs
  • White skateboard wheels
  • Paper towels
  • Hot glue gun
Step 1

Turn the stove to high heat and fill a pot with water. Cover the pot until the water gets hot, but not boiling. Remove the lid and lower the heat.

Step 2

Add half a packet of color dye. Stir until fully dissolved. Lower a white skateboard wheel into the hot water with tongs. Repeat for all four wheels, if desired. Stir the wheels every five minutes.

Step 3

Fill a large pot with cold water. Place it next to the pot holding the wheels. Check on the wheels when stirring. Remove each wheel as soon as they turn the desired color, which usually takes between 10 and 20 minutes. Place the finished wheels into the cold water pot for five minutes. Using the tongs, remove the wheels and lay them on a paper towel to dry. Discard both pots of water, refill the first pot and heat. Add a half packet of dye of a different color. Dissolve and stir. Add cool water again to the second pot.

Step 4

Use a hot glue gun to add a graphic or design. Squeeze the glue onto the wheel to create a pattern. Place the wheels back into the hot water after the glue dries. Let the wheels sit for about four minutes. Once they reach the desired shade, remove the wheels and place them into the cool water. After three minutes, transfer them to a paper towel.

Step 5

Peel the glue off each wheel.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use an all-purpose dye. Clothing dye does not penetrate urethane wheels.
  • Soak wheels longer for a darker color.
  • Sometimes dyes come out darker than the package reveals. When in doubt, go lighter or check the dying process more often.
  • Failing to stir the wheels will result in a white ring.
  • Flaking might occur when wheels already have graphics.
  • When creating designs, don't let the wheels touch each other in the pot.
  • Use caution with children around a hot glue gun.

Photo Credits

  • Ryan McVay/Photodisc/Getty Images