Painted for the first time. It was my first try painting any board, and I wanted to minimize the risk by working with this. I suggest Elmer's or Painters paint marker (unless you feel like spray painting but that can become a very tedious job). Those are two great brands. Ended up changing the hardware (different colors--you can use nail polish for that). After this, I ended up touching up my longboard's old scratched up trucks, and they worked pretty well.