How To Put On Skateboard Grip Tape

Most skaters put on their skateboard grip tape themselves. Trying this for the first time can be tricky and requires some patience. In this guide, we will show you how to put grip tape on a skateboard and break down the information into 3 simple steps.


Tools needed: A knife and a skate tool (or a small metal tool)

1. Start out by removing the protective paper from the skateboard grip tape, and place the sticky side of the grip tape facing downwards on the top of the deck. Then, press down the grip tape starting from the center and moving to the sides. Use the protective paper to push out any air bubbles.

2. Create guidelines for the cut-out of the grip tape by lightly scoring the edges of the deck with a tool. Lift any overhanging grip tape from the sides of the deck, and cut the grip tape roughly at a 45° angle along the guideline.

3. To get a smoother finish on the edges of your board, sand the sides of the grip tape with the leftover grip tape.

Now that you know how it’s done, choose your favorite Skateboard Grip Tape and give it a go. Next up, check out How to Put On Skateboard Trucks.

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