Applying Grip Tape to a Skateboard Deck

Grip tape is a kind of adhesive tape that can be put on the top of the skateboard deck, can prevent your foot from slipping. If you want to make some modifications to your skateboard or cover some dents, you can use grip tape as well.

There are 2 options of grip tape, one is black and another option is the colored grip tape. black color can be used many times, while the colorful grip tape needs to be replaced when you skate it too much. Besides, you had better not choose the grip tape that had been out on market for a long time, because there might be some chemical components in the grip tape that will influence your health seriously.

 skateboard grip tap application steps

1, Before you use the grip tape, you should check whether there is any wax on your deck surface or not. Because if there is wax on your board, you can use a hairdryer to heat up it and then scrape it off with a plastic scraper. If you don’t, you’ll spend much more effort on pushing your feet on the grip tape.

2, You should choose some tools that can help you fix your grip tape properly. Here are things that maybe you need: water, cleaner/wax remover(if necessary), vinyl gloves(if necessary), hairdryer(if necessary), plastic scraper, grip tape.

3, Before you put the grip tape onto your skateboard deck surface, you had better wash them with cleaner or wax remover to make sure that there is no oil or other substances on the deck and then wipe it with a very dry cloth.

4, When all parts of your board are dry, you can start to apply the grip tape on your deck. Remove the paper backing from half of your grip tape and align it with the bottom (smooth) side up and in the middle of the board parallel to where your trucks will be. It is important that you pay attention when applying the grip tape.

5, When you are done with applying the grip tape to one side of your board,you should turn it over and peel off the paper backing from the other half. Use your plastic scraper or credit card to get rid of any air bubbles under the grip tape.

6, After finishing these steps, you need to press down on the grip tape from one end to the other with your hands – this is very important because you need to make sure that there are no air bubbles left.

Grip a Skateboard FAQs

Can you put grip tape on a pool noodle?

While it’s tempting, please don’t. You’ll ruin the noodle in no time and have an overpriced puddle of useless foam rubber. There are plenty of other pool toys that can be used to perform tricks without being damaged in the process.

What are some skateboard tricks that use grip tape?

You can really do any trick on a skateboard that you would be able to do without the grip tape. However, some tricks work better with it. For example, old board slides and nose grinds are much easier on the grip because there’s nothing to wear down the sweet spot like there is on a skateboard without grip tape.

How do I remove grip tape from a deck?

Start by peeling off the backing paper. If that doesn’t work then put some warm water in a spray bottle and mist it lightly over the existing grip. Wait for the grip tape to become slightly more sticky, then gently peel it off. You may need to re-apply a new grip after doing this if the previous layer is too damaged.


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Hi everyone, I am Ashley, live in Sheffield, England. I'm a Boardsports enthusiast and I've been skateboarding streets since my childhood. As to this site, the goal is to help beginner riders find their perfect equipment so they can have an enjoyable experience on whatever type of board best suits them- whether it be downhill riding or long boarding! Everything written here should be taken as opinion only because everyone's preferences are different, but at least now there will always seem less confusion when looking for gear online.

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