How to Paint Your Hoverboard

Your hoverboard looking old for is age due to scratches or you want to customize your hoverboard‘s color? Well, here is a self-help guide on how you can custom paint it and make it look better than new. This tuitorial for Segway hoverboard.

What You Need: Sandpaper – P400 and P1000 + Tape + A pair of scissors + Spray paints

What You Do: The first step is to sandpaper the scratched parts with the P400 sand paper and the rest of the Segway with the P1000 sandpaper. This ensures the the surface is smooth and evened out. Carefully tape over the areas of the Segway where the feet are placed and the center, on the top side. Also apply some tape on the wheels ensuring to cover the out rims as swell. Ensure that all the areas are perfectly covered and use the scissors to cut away the excess hanging tape. Apply the first and second coats of spray paint all over the Segway, allowing ten minutes for each to dry. It should be noted that the first and second coats of paint should be light.

Later, apply a third coat that should be heavy this time round. Wait for the paint to dry as you come up with some design ideas that should be made into cutouts on the tape. Attach the designs on the scooter at your discretion. Apply a first and second light coat of paint of another color, allowing time for each to dry. Apply a third heavy coat after the second coat is dry. Allow this coat to dry and remove the tapes with the designs.

The final thing is to add a clear coat of paint that will serve as protection for the other paint and will keep the Segway shiny.Remove the tape covering the wheels and rims and enjoy your new, cooler Segway.

How To Customize Your Hoverboard

Well you have your hoverboard (self-balancing scooter), but since it is on the stock design, looks plain. If you are looking to make yours into something custom and unique that will turn heads this is just the place to be. Here is how I customized mine into the beauty that it is for just twenty dollars.

What You Need: An X-Acto Knife + Sticker Decals + Duct tape

What You Do: Begin in the area of your board where the power button and charging port are located. Cover the area with the duct tape and use the X-Acto knife to cut the area back out. The knife is favorable in this scenario as it gives you the ability to get more precise cuts with ease. The next thing you need to do is tape the bottom of the board.

There is no exact pattern to this because of the pattern of the duct tape chosen, but it may vary depending on the tape you chose as the aim is to ensure that nobody can notice where the tape begins and ends. In my case, taping begun from the center of the wheel, flowing slowly towards the center of the board. Use the X-Acto knife to clear up the overhung tape. This is to prevent your scooter from getting tangled up or picking up debris as you ride.

The next thing is to cover the side of the board that has the lights. Use the knife to cut out the parts of the tape that are covering the lights. This is a delicate part as you need to be keen not to scratch up your lights. The final thing is to place the sticker deals on the bumper as precisely as possible. The best thing about this method is that the tape can be replaced if it is damaged or interchanged with a different one to switch up the designs.

How to Spot Fake Hoverboards

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Hoverboard was the one of hottest toys of last year. Whether you love them, or just hate them, they are here to stay. Kids love them, celebrities can’t live without them and they are otherwise great transportation vehicles fit for everyone of every age. Up until recently, the Internet started buzzing with shocking reports of hoverboards catching fire.

Major online outlets like Amazon started emailing their customers instructing them on how to use their hoverboard – or worst, asking them to discard it in return for a full refund. They also temporarily removed their hoverboard inventory from their store as a precautionary measure.

Updated Note

After issue of hoverboards exploding, Amazon request all retailers sold hoverboard that meet trading sandard. Now some hoverboard is sold again. Check here to see them on

What Make Hoverboard Catching Fire?

Experts seem to have boiled it down. The gist of the problem was apparently the lithium batteries catching fire. Now, under normal circumstances, this rarely happens, to genuine Hoverboards made by reputable manufacturers. But evidence shows that the mobility vehicles catching fire used cheaper, imitation parts in its charger, circuitry and batteries. 

In light of this alarming situation, here is a quick write-up that will show you how to spot a fake hoverboard.

Real or Fake Hoverboard. How to Spot?

Is the Name Spelt Correctly?

You will often find fake hoverboards, usually those coming from China have the name intentionally misspelled. For example, a popular Hoverboard brand like Swegway will have an imitation called Smagway. This is done intentionally for legal reasons, but it is a dead-giveaway that it is an imitation and, therefore, must be avoided. They can be an exact replica of the original, and hard to tell by just looking at them. But inside, they use inferior materials.

Are They too Cheap?

Hoverboards are not the cheapest of gizmos. They are in fact very pricey. A good hoverboard will cost you, at least $300 with shipping if you are buying online. As with anything else, if it looks too good to be true, it probably isn’t.

Avoid buying hoverboards exclusively on their cheap price. A hoverboard that is too cheap should ring an alarm because no reputable manufacturer can sell a hoverboard for less than $150. And if they do, you can know that they have missed a lot of quality control and used cheaper materials in their product.

Those will not last, is a terrible waste of money and can potentially harm you, as we have seen above, with hoverboards catching fire.

Do They Have a Premium Look?

Hoverboards are not just about mobility. They are also about looks. An original product will look distinct and premium. Since it was designed by top-dog engineers from a reputable firm, you can easily tell the difference between a real and a fake hoverboard by just taking a gander. Normally, their price will match their looks. A cheap price will almost invariably imply a design that is not very aesthetically pleasing – a fake.

Look at the Manual

If a hoverboard is fake, the manual will be equally bad. Fake hoverboards come with manuals that have bad translations (from Chinese), typos and grammatical mistakes. The quality of the manual speaks volumes on the authenticity of the board.

Real brands make manuals that have a premium look, with quality paper, illustrative drawings and comprehensive text with no errors. Some also use holograms distinctive to their brands. The manual will come with support information such as websites, emails and telephone numbers. They have nothing to hide.

Their manuals are also easily found online, usually on the manufacturer support website. If you can’t find the manual of a particular hoverboard online, it is probably from a dodgy origin, and most probably a fake.

Do They Respect Standards?

Standards are rules for manufacturers so that they make products that are tried and tested by consumer boards. A hoverboard that is fake will not obey those standards. All real hoverboards come with the trading standard of BS1363 on their charger plug. Many experts say to avoid a hoverboard that does not have this standard on their charger plug.

Are They too Light?

While being light in technology instinctively rhymes with good, in the world of hoverboards, it is not necessarily a good thing. A hoverboard that is too light shows that it is using cheaper plastic based materials.

Does It Squeak?

A well-built hoverboard will not make annoying sounds. If it squeaks, it is because it was not engineered in the most optimal way and a fake.

Customer Feedback

Probably the easiest way to tell if a hoverboard is fake. It is unlikely that you are the first person to ever buy a particular hoverboard. By going to websites like and reading the customer reviews, you will get a general idea of the authenticity of the product. People generally despise fakes and if the hoverboard is a fake – you will know about it! They will have bad ratings and mostly negative comments.


We come to an end of those quick and easy ways on how to spot fake hoverboards. Remember, a hoverboard should provide you with hours of fun, not trouble. Fake hoverboards are mostly trouble without the fun.