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Skateboard Grip Tape Application Instructions, How to Apply Grip Tape


We are asked all the time how to apply grip tape to a skateboard, so it was about time we created a video explaining that very process… View it here.

Skateboarding is more than just a sport; it’s a lifestyle, a form of self-expression, and a thrilling way to navigate the urban landscape. One crucial aspect of skateboarding that often goes overlooked is the skateboard grip tape. It’s not merely a piece of textured material on the deck; it’s the foundation of control, ensuring your feet stay firmly planted while you conquer tricks and transitions.

At Heskins, we’ve been inundated with inquiries about how to apply our grip tape to a skateboard. Recognising the need for a comprehensive guide, we’ve created an instructive video that provides step-by-step instructions. In this blog post, we’ll walk you through the process of applying skateboard grip tape to ensure you get the most out of your ride.

Understanding Skateboard Grip Tape

Before we dive into the application process, let’s briefly explore the significance of skateboard grip tape. This specialised tape is designed with a rough, abrasive surface that enhances friction between your shoes and the skateboard deck. It’s this grip tape that allows you to perform ollies, kickflips, and other tricks with precision and control.

The Step-by-Step Application Guide

Step 1: Gather Your Tools

Before you embark on grip tape application, ensure you have the necessary tools at your disposal:

  • Skateboard deck
  • Heskins skateboard grip tape (available in standard and perforated)
  • File or screwdriver
  • Razor or box cutter
  • Allen key

Step 2: Apply the Grip Tape

  1. Start by peeling the backing off the skateboard grip tape.
  2. Carefully align one edge of the grip tape with the edge of your skateboard deck.
  3. Gradually lay down the grip tape, smoothing out any air bubbles as you go.
  4. Press firmly on the grip tape to ensure it adheres securely to the deck.

Step 3: Trim the Excess Grip Tape

  1. Once the grip tape is securely applied, use a file or screwdriver to score along the edge of the skateboard deck.
  2. This will create a guideline for trimming the excess grip tape.
  3. With a razor or box cutter, carefully cut away the excess grip tape along the scored line.
  4. Take your time during this step to ensure a clean and precise cut.

Step 4: Punch the Truck Holes

  1. To mount your trucks, you’ll need to create holes through the grip tape.
  2. Use an Allen key to punch through the deck at the designated truck hole locations.
  3. This step ensures that your trucks are properly secured to the deck.

Step 5: Fine-Tuning

  1. After completing the previous steps, take a moment to inspect your work.
  2. Ensure that the grip tape is firmly adhered to the deck with no loose edges.
  3. Double-check the truck holes to confirm they are properly aligned and punched through.

The End Result

Following these steps will leave you with a skateboard deck that boasts perfectly applied grip tape. It’s not just about aesthetics; it’s about functionality and performance. With the right grip tape application, you’ll experience enhanced control, stability, and confidence during your skateboarding sessions.

Remember, practice makes perfect. The more you apply grip tape, the more proficient you’ll become at achieving a seamless result.

Stay Informed with Heskins

If you’re eager to explore Heskins’ skateboard grip tape options, our sales team is here to assist you. Whether you have questions, need guidance, or wish to place an order, you can reach out to us via phone or engage in live chat for immediate assistance. Alternatively, complete our contact form, and we’ll promptly respond to your inquiries.

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