How to attach grip tape to your skateboard.

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How do I attach grip tape to my skateboard?

How to attach grip tape to your skateboard.

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The first step in skateboard assembly is to apply grip tape to your new deck.

  • Place your new deck on a clean flat comfortable work area. A workbench covered with a soft cloth or a piece of carpet works best and will keep your new deck from getting scratched.
  • Grip tape comes in sheets, which are 9 inches wide and 33 inches long. Carefully remove about 2 to 4 inches of the grip tape backing. Center the grip tape over your board with both hands holding either end of the grip tape.
  • Place the exposed end of the grip tape on the nose of the board leaving 1/2" to 3/4" overhang. Again make sure the grip tape is centered over your board so that there is an equal amount of overhang on either side.
  • Peal and press the rest of the grip tape down onto your board. Working from the center, pat down the grip tape. Work from the center to the nose and tail of your deck also work from the cent to the edges of your deck.
  • Working from the center out towards the edges helps to remove air bubbles forming under the grip tape. You can use the grip tape backing to protect your hand while pressing down on the grip tape.
  • Using a mill file or the side of a screwdriver score the grip tape around the outside edge of the grip tape. Do not file through the grip tape; just remove the grit from the grip tape to form an outline of your deck. This outline serves a guide when removing the excess grip tape from the edges of your deck.

*Please use caution during the next step because this is the most difficult step in skateboard assembly.
  • First, cut four small slits in the grip tape where the nose and tail begin to slope upwards. This makes following your outline much easier and the excess grip tape come off in four pieces. Remember to take your time and follow the outline you've created.
  • Using the outline and the edge of your deck as a guide use a safety knife to remove the excess grip tape from your deck.
  • Carefully cut around the edge of your deck removing the excess grip tape. Do not cut into your deck or outside the outline this takes practice.
  • Remove the excess grip tape. Press out any additional air bubbles you see at this time



6/27/2006 10:33:31 AM
jarbuckle said:

this is a very useful tip and a good referance. i attach my griptape differently though. i dont use a saftey knife to cut off the tape. i take a file and file all the way through the griptape after i outline the deck. after some grip peels off, i rap it around the file and keepgoing. this gives it a really nice edge and does a good job. the knife way makes decks look like crap. but i guess just do whatever floats your boat

6/27/2006 10:38:11 AM
jarbuckle said:

also, when attaching my bolts, i first countersink the holes so my bolts sit flush with the deck. to do this i use a countersinking bit and a drill.

12/30/2006 1:07:11 PM
jon said:

I think jarbuckle's idea was much easier thanks jarbuckle.

9/7/2007 6:48:10 AM
mon said:

this is a graet tip.
best of all it really works

9/13/2007 11:00:52 AM
Rose Bud said:

Great Job on the website

11/29/2008 7:29:17 AM
bobjack said:

removing grip tape stinks.its hard to get off but the real pain is getting the old glue off.i recomend goo-gone or can use a paint scraper or sander.i had to use both.


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