For any beginner skateboarder, it is essential to know how to take off grip tape. Grip tape is a type of sandpaper-like material applied to the top of skateboard decks. It provides traction for the skateboarder’s feet when performing different tricks. If the grip tape is worn out, it can be replaced with a fresh, new piece of grip tape. As a beginner, it is important to learn how to take off grip tape and replace it.
Tools and Materials Needed
Before taking off the grip tape, you should have the following materials and tools on hand:
- Flathead screwdriver
- Phillips head screwdriver
- Grip tape remover
- New grip tape
- Adhesive remover
- Safety glasses
Preparing the Skateboard Deck
Before peeling off the grip tape, you should prepare the skateboard deck. First, you should remove the screws and hardware that are attached to the deck. Use a combination of flathead and Phillips head screwdrivers to remove the screws. Place the hardware and screws in a safe place so that they do not get lost or misplaced. Once the hardware and screws are removed, you can prepare to remove the grip tape.
Removing the Grip Tape
The next step is to remove the grip tape from the skateboard deck. You should use a grip tape remover to make this task easier. Spray the grip tape with the grip tape remover. Wait for a few minutes for the remover to take effect. Once it has soaked in, you can use a flathead screwdriver to slowly pry up the edges of the grip tape. Continue prying up the grip tape until it is completely removed from the skateboard deck. Be sure to wear safety glasses so that the grip tape does not fly into your eyes.
Cleaning the Skateboard Deck
Once the grip tape has been removed, you should clean the skateboard deck. Use a rag and a towel to remove any sticky residue left behind by the grip tape. You can also use an adhesive remover to get rid of any stubborn residue. Be careful not to scratch the surface of the skateboard deck as you clean it.
Preparing the New Grip Tape
Now that the skateboard deck is clean and ready, it is time to prepare the new grip tape. Unroll the new grip tape and place it on a flat surface. Use scissors to cut the grip tape to the same size as the skateboard deck. Make sure that the grip tape is cut accurately and that all of the edges are even. Once the grip tape is cut, you can begin applying it to the skateboard deck.
Applying the New Grip Tape
Next, you should apply the new grip tape to the skateboard deck. Start by pressing down one side of the grip tape to the skateboard deck. Use a flathead screwdriver to press down the edges of the grip tape. Make sure that the edges are securely adhered to the skateboard deck. Continue pressing down the grip tape until it is completely applied to the skateboard deck.
Securing the Grip Tape
Once the grip tape is applied to the skateboard deck, you should secure it in place. Use the screws and hardware that you removed earlier to secure the grip tape. Place the screws in the same locations as before. Be sure to tighten the screws securely so that the grip tape does not come off. Once the grip tape is secured, your skateboard is ready to ride.
Taking off and replacing grip tape is an important part of a beginner skateboarder’s skillset. It is essential to know how to do this task in order to keep your skateboard in the best condition possible. With the right tools and materials and a bit of practice, you can easily learn how to take off and replace grip tape. Now that you know how to take off grip tape, you can hit the skatepark and show off your skills!