If you are looking to remove your grip tape from your skateboard or your longboard, it is important that you do it correctly. If you don’t remove and change your grip tape correctly, it is possible that you will provide a bad skating experience for yourself because your new grip tape won’t function correctly. If you haven’t purchased your first board yet, we recommend you read our best skateboards and best longboards articles. But in this article we will be teaching your how to remove grip tape and how to change the grip tape from your skateboard or longboard.
If your grip tape have become dirty or damaged, then it is important that you learn how to remove grip tape so you can move forward with changing your grip tape to a new one. Since there many different skateboard sizes and many different types of longboards, it is important that you buy grip tape that will fit your board. Let’s learn how to remove grip tape!
How To Remove Grip Tape - Video Tutorial
For most skaters, the easiest way to learn how to remove grip tape or to learn how to change grip tape is to watch a tutorial video. Below we have included our recommended video tutorial for removing grip tape from your skateboard or longboard.
If you would rather read a written guide on how to remove grip tape from your skateboard, then you can read our step-by-step guide below!
How To Remove Grip Tape - Step-By-Step Guide
If you have never removed grip tape from your skateboard then it can be a scary task, but we are hear to walk your through the entire process. It is possible that you could benefit from cleaning your grip tape instead of removing it, but removing grip tape is a pretty easy process. Once you remove grip tape for the first time, you will be able to easily do it again and again! Below is a step-by-step guide on removing and changing grip tape.
Step 1. Remove Your Trucks
The first thing you must do before you can remove your grip tape is to remove your trucks. Skateboard trucks come in different sizes, but typically once the trucks are removed from the board, you will be able to add new grip tape no matter the size or shape of the trucks. You can remove your trucks by loosening the hardware with your skateboard tool. It is important to put your trucks and nuts and bolts in a safe place so you don’t lose them. You will need them at the end of the process in order to put your trucks back on your skateboard or longboard.
Step 2. Apply Heat To Your Grip Tape
Grip tape is stuck to your skateboard with a grip tape adhesive or glue. In order to remove the old grip tape, you must melt the grip tape adhesive in order to add the new grip tape. We recommend applying heat to make the peeling process faster and more efficient. We typically will use a hair dryer to heat up the grip tape glue which will make it easier to peel. We recommend you start at the nose or the tail of the skateboard and slowly heat up the grip tape adhesive. Once the glue begins to melt, the grip tape will be able to be pulled up.
Step 3. Slowly Peel The Grip Tape
Once you have the grip tape adhesive melted, the grip tape will be able to be pulled up. We recommend you start at the nose or the tail of the skateboard and slowly begin to pull up on the grip tape. The goal is to slowly work the grip tape off in one clean sheet. You don’t want the grip tape to break or rip as this will make the process more difficult. It is important the you pull slowly so you don’t break the grip tape into smaller pieces.
Step 4. Remove Excess Grip Tape And Residue
Once you have all of the grip tape pulled off of the deck, it is time to clean up the residue and excess grip tape. We typically will wipe the deck down with a towel and use a razor blade to scrape away any excess glue or residue.
Step 5. Place Your New Grip Tape
Now it is time to change your grip tape. Your new grip tape will come with a plastic covering. You can remove the covering from the new grip tape. It is time to place your new grip tape onto your skateboard or longboard. We recommend you place your new grip tape by starting at the nose or tail and slowly lining up the grip tape to the deck. It is important to have the grip tape lined up and you want to avoid air bubbles and folds.
Step 6. Press Your New Grip Tape Down
Once you have the grip tape lined up and placed on your deck, it is time to slowly press your grip tape down. It is important that you only press the grip tape down when it is in a good position. Once the grip tape is pushed down, it will be difficult to remove it. That is why it is important to line it up before you begin to pressit down.
Step 7. Remove Any Air Bubbles
Once you have the grip taped pressed down you can remove any air bubbles by slowly pressed down and forcing the air out from under the grip tape. If there are a lot of air bubbles you may be forced to reapply the grip tape so there aren’t as many air bubbles.
Step 8. Trim Excess Grip Tape
After you have removed your old grip tape and added your new grip tape, it is common for there to be excess grip tape. You can use a scissor or a razor blade to cut off any excess grip tape. After you cut off the excess grip tape we recommend that you use sand paper to sand down any parts that are sharp or stick in the air. This will provide a smoother and safer riding experience.
Step 9. Add Your Trucks Back
Once you have installed your new grip tape, the last thing you have to do is to install your trucks back to your board. Depending on your trucks you may have to reinstall your longboard wheels as well during this process. Once the trucks are installed, you are ready to begin skating again! Now that you have removed and changed grip tape for the first time you will be able to do the same process quicker and more efficiently next time. For more informational content you can read our skateboard blog articles.