Grip Taping a Skateboard

Sooner or later you’ll need to know how to grip tape a skateboard.  Grip taping a skateboard is very simple process that involves a small amount of tools and skills.  However, gripping a deck can be tricky, but with a few tips the process can be easier than expected.  It’s so easy even a monkey can do it.  (see video above for monkey)

Some projects, like assembling a bike, use many tools – to grip tape a skateboard there is only 4 things need:

  1. Skateboard
  2. Grip Tape
  3. Razor Blade
  4. Screw Driver *Philips

There is a four step process to grip tape a skateboard.  A fifth step can be added to the end for finishing touches:

  1. Laying Down the Grip Tape
  2. Scoring the Grip Tape
  3. Cutting the Grip Tape
  4. Polishing the Grip Tape Off
  5. Finishing Touches
Like a treflip, practice makes perfect.  Go get some.


Step #1 – Laying Down the Grip Tape

Lay a skateboard top up on a flat surface.  Peel off grip tape backing.  Hold the grip tape between your thumb and index finger.  Line up the grip tape with the skateboard while using your middle finger as a support guide.  Set down the grip tape on the tail and gradually roll the grip tape at an angle (to reduce the amount of air bubbles) towards the nose.  Squeeze out extra air bubbles by laying grip tape backing onto grip tape and slide your fist from the center of the skateboard towards the edges or pop the air bubbles with the tip of a razor blade.

Step #2  – Scoring the Grip Tape

Score the grip tape with the side of a screwdriver in one firm quick pass.  Keep a tight grip on the screwdriver as you hold it at a perpendicular angle with the skateboard’s edge.   The skateboard can rotate around as you score.  Scoring the edge helps to remove the grit around the skateboards perimeter that will assist in the next step.

Step #3 – Cutting the Grip Tape

With a new razor blade cut four perpendicular slots from the screwdriver score to the outside of the grip tape above the wheel wells.  This will allow you to cut the grip tape into four sections; two on the rails and two on the tips.  Hold the razor blade at 45° and use your middle finger as a guide that rests on the skateboard’s edge.  In a smooth consistent motion run razor blade along screwdriver score.  Save the extra pieces for the next step.

Step #4 – Polishing the Grip Tape Off

Use excess grip tape pieces from the previous step to polish off the skateboard’s edge.  Fold the pieces in half so they won’t stick to your fingers.  Firmly press the excess grip tape on the skateboard’s edge and run along perimeter.

Step #5 – Finishing Touches

Use a small diameter philips screwdriver to poke through the bottom of the skateboard’s insert/hardware holes.  Clean out insert/hardware holes by pressing and rotating screwdriver on the top of insert/hardware holes.

After grip taping a few deck you’ll be able to do it in under 1 minute.  Best of luck and have fun skating.





About the Author:

What does it feel like to love life? From what Guf says, it's amazing. Guf got involved with The House in 2000 as an endorsed athlete and while going through college he slung boards in the shop. Though his profession is in content market strategies a driving passion of his is on the snow. Over the last 18 years he's been able to travel the world and work with talented athletes while coaching the National Sport Center's Community Olympic Development Program, USASA All American Team, USSA Project Gold and Jr. National Team, USDSSA Team, Windells Academy, Vision Elite Snowboard Team, and Thrash Camp. Providing an opportunity to help other achieve their utmost is the personal mission and reason Guf and his wife started the non-profit Vision Elite Sports and Thrash Camp in 2013; training organizations that assist snowboards in skill development. Somehow he still finds additional time to volunteer with the USSA, USASA, and USSCEC as a Level 300 Coach Clinician. For seven years Guf has grown within the marketing department and finds his success in significance. He enjoys the challenges that multiple roles bring on a daily basis. As a Content Strategist and Brand Ambassador he has an unparalleled ability to synchronize and integrate strategic campaigns across marketing channels, implement key account partnerships to enhance the customer journey, and strengthens SEO through unique content generation by way of story building, product testing, and athlete management. Guf understands what motivates people, leads with passion, and has a raw zeal for a life worth living. He believes in his colleagues, supports his customers, and loves the lifestyle and products he promotes.

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