Cornhole Boards

Types of Cornhole Board Finishes: Stickers vs Print vs Paint

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Cornhole is a fun, easy to learn game with many great elements. The game has a huge following, from several professional leagues to simple backyard cookouts. Cornhole can also be played outside as well as indoors. With all of those great elements and many more, arguably one of the best parts of the game are the actual boards.

Seeing different cornhole boards is as much fun as playing the games. Cornhole boards come in many sizes and styles, allowing players to showcase their favorite teams, quotes, pictures, and much more. Cornhole boards can display images in several ways; with images displayed using a sticker, boards that are painted, and boards that are printed.

With all of the different board types and styles in the marketplace, which boards are the best to play with and which boards are actually worth buying?

Common Questions About Cornhole Boards:

Cornhole Boards

Cornhole boards come in many different sizes and colors, while also offering artwork. A regulation size board comes in the size 4’x2’, made from a multitude of different woods. Most boards sold online are not handmade, but often machined, and depending on the wood used, the boards can play differently. A stronger wood tends to not only play better, but also lasts longer over time. Feel free to read more about this topic in How Much Does a Cornhole Set Cost?

One of the best parts of cornhole is displaying your board and showcasing art, or your fandom. Many people like to have boards with their favorite beverage or sports team, and showcase them during a tailgating event.

A board can display images in several ways, the first and most inexpensive being a sticker. The second and most common way is for a board to be painted. The third, and best kind of board, is a screen printed board, one that Slick Woody’s specializes in.

In order to make an informed decision on which to buy, it is important to discuss each type of board in depth.

Cornhole Boards with Vinyl Stickers

Painted Board with Tape

One of the ways a cornhole board can be decorated is with a sticker. Boards with vinyl stickers are an inexpensive way to display images, but have several drawbacks.

While stickers add an element aesthetically, they can often hinder play. Stickers add a very thin layer to boards, and also can cause bags to play differently. Stickers also fare poorly in different weather conditions. They often are not water resistant and diminish with intense sunlight. Before you know it, the sticker will be faded and leaving your board looking subpar.

A vinyl sticker can also leave residue that may damage your board beyond repair.  While boards with stickers are inexpensive, a new or veteran player should look into a painted or the even better screen printed board.

Painted Cornhole Boards

Painted Cornhole Boards

Painted boards allow a player to display a work of art, showcasing appealing and unique graphics while minimizing the impact it has on the game. In contrast to a board with a sticker, a painted board does have a very thin layer of paint, which can affect the slickness of a bag and ultimately affect play.

While painted boards offer a vast variety of styles and colors, they actually suffer from a similar problem to the boards with stickers. In intense heat and sunlight, paint can chip away after several uses. This can hinder play and eventually ruin a board. Painted boards do not fare well in rain or humidity, as the paint is often not water proof. Eventually, after enough play, the board’s paint will begin to diminish, eventually leading a player to purchase an all new board.

Printed Cornhole Boards Slick Woody's Custom Cornhole Boards - DeKalb

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Printed boards offer the absolute best combination of displaying an image on a board and limiting the hindrance that image has on the way the board plays.

Slick Woody’s uses a special printing technique to ensure that the image on the board withstands all weather, but will also last for the longest amount of time. Printed images do not hinder play at all and do not add any unnecessary layers to a board, ensuring the boards are always slick and play great. The best part about printed boards is that they can withstand all types of weather and never diminish.

Slick Woody’s puts a great deal of care to ensure that these boards are worth the money. While a board may be priced differently, the cost of getting a lesser quality board is not worth the price savings. A printed board will last a lifetime and is a fantastic investment for veteran and new players alike.

Summarizing the main differences of cornhole board finishes:

  • Stickers – inexpensive, but also fade and deteriorate quickly
  • Painted – relatively inexpensive, also fade due to harsh weather
  • Printed – the perfect board, a great way to showcase artwork while also maintaining the image through all types of weather conditions
  • Conclusion

    While boards with vinyl stickers and painted boards may be enticing to you because of a lower price point, just remember that eventually they will diminish, causing you to purchase a new board.  Stickers not only fade, but also leave by a residue harmful to the board. Painted boards are an alternative to stickers, but also hinder play and do not withstand harsh weather and prolonged play.

    Slick Woody’s offers the perfect cornhole board; a  printed board that promises to survive the harshest elements, while also offering longtime play. So, when you are deciding what type of board you want to purchase, just remember that a printed board offers the best of both worlds, a guarantee the art will stay vibrant while also not hinder play.

    How much does a cornhole board set cost?  Read here to understand the variables involved in the cost of board types.


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    Danny Evans

    Danny Evans

    First I'm a husband to my beautiful wife and a father of 3 amazing children. Nothing in my life comes before my family. As long as everyone is good at home I'm a driven marketing and sales person who absolutely loves my profession and is passionate about everything I do. I've been in this industry as a professional for over 5 years and I've been a professional tailgater ever since I can remember :)


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