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How to Remove and re-apply griptape

By Ghost at 2007-08-17 09:41

So, you may have scratched your griptape up practicing those ever tough darkslides to the point that it is unusable. Or maybe, you just want to hold off on buying a new skateboard because you think you can get a few more weeks wear out of your current one. Or maybe your stupid shop gave you black magic grip tape instead of your ever favorite mob. Whatever the reason is, I'm going to teach you how to remove your grip tape and how to re apply it on your board. You may be thinking "can't I just put the grip over my old grip?" NO!!! no no no! Bad, but do remove it, First of all you'll need a few supplies.

New griptape
And perferably a hard surface.

Step one: Getting the old griptape off

Well your old board will probably look something llike this:

So first let me start out by saying that this is a very time consuming project. It's easy once you get the hang of it but it takes ages to complete. First off you want to take your deck off your trucks, This isn't necassarily required it will just make it easier in the end. Anyway. So you want to start the hairdryer on the highest heat it will go. Start blowing it over your board for about 2-3 minutes, even longer if you have the patients. Only heat up one end of the board to start. The griptape should start peeling a little bit now, but if it doesn't you can still start to peel it yourself. Take the screwdriver and start scraping it against your board. You can use the razor to do this if you want but I found it easier to do with the screwdriver. The grip tape will start to come up in parts. After a little bit of the grip pops up you can peel that part with your fingers. A hint I found out that works is to peel off the grip tape at an even pace. Don't be jerky when you're peeling, That will just cause the grip to rip and you'll have to start all over again with the grip. All this time you still want to be using the hairdryer to heat the deck. You may want a friend to do this for you or put it on a stool or something. You're going to have to repeat the process of heat, scrape with screwdriver, peel with fingers many many mannyyyyy times during this, so don't get discouraged if it takes you a long time. But at the end it should look like this.

It's okay if a little bit of the grip is still under the board, like in the picture.

Step 2: Applying the new grip tape.

Now that the hard part is done, it's all downhill from here. So I'm sure you guys have all seen your shop workers apply griptape so I'm just going to do a brief explanation of it. First off all, peel your grip off of that paper that its on, Then stretch it out over the board and make sure the board is completely covered. Try and get it as strait as possible but if it's a little crooked it doesnt matter as long as it covers the whole board. So now you have to make sure that all the air pockets are out from under the grip. And once you get the griptape on your board without any airholes underneath it you should end like this:

Next take the screwdriver and outline the edge of the board, creating a thin white line over the outline of the board.

Then take your razor and cut out the board just like your local shop does it. I'm sure you've seen it done a thousand times so there's not much point for me to explain it. At the end this is what you should end up looking at. If it's a little rough like mine, then all you have to do is take the razor blade and peel off the rough edges making it as smooth as possible.

Well thats it, I hope this helped everyone. I tried to keep it brief while still explaining everything.
If you have any more questions just ask. I'm out!!


by Ghost on Fri, 2007-08-17 10:21
link works now

by Tom-E on Fri, 2007-08-17 11:52
nice, I also do my gripping on a ping pong table

by Ghost on Fri, 2007-08-17 13:59
Haha I needed a sturdy surface,

by Melancholy on Sun, 2007-08-19 10:26
This was really something I needed a guide on how to remove griptape :D

by element.skater.12 on Tue, 2007-08-21 23:03
can you do it with out the hair dryer?

by mobfch on Wed, 2007-08-22 11:43
yeah rockin' it with the speed demons, i got mine yesterday, you peel abit from your nose 1st just enough that you can see the wood and then blow dry

by skydemon666 on Wed, 2007-08-22 12:28
thanks! Ive been needing to do that for a long time. To bad that now it would be better for me just to get a new deck now.

by NinjasNPajamas on Wed, 2007-08-22 12:36
Man, Ghost, your doing a great job as content writer. Very good.

by Ghost on Wed, 2007-08-22 19:48
Originally Posted by element.skater.12 View Post
can you do it with out the hair dryer?
yeah you could, but I find it much easier, the hair dryer pops the grip tape up a little and makes it easier to get under and remove it.
Originally Posted by NinjasnPajamas View Post
Man, Ghost, your doing a great job as content writer. Very good.
haha thanks man, positive comments are always appreciated.

by fat boy not slim on Thu, 2007-08-23 05:45
i already new how to do so i can tell this is a great guide
thanks for front shuv revert ghost


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