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Griptape: General Info

1. Griptape: General Info

Griptape is a kind of emery or sandpaper which is glued to the top side of a skateboard deck. It gives you secure footing and allows you to perform various tricks.

What is griptape made of?

The rough surface of griptape typically consists of silicon carbide and provides resistance and friction between your deck and the soles of your shoes. Without this friction, it’d be extremely hard to get your deck into the air.

Griptape comes in different colours, with different prints and graphics, brand logos, or even with small cut-outs. Since some brands are coming out with decks with increasingly elaborate graphics and designs, transparent griptape is also becoming quite popular.

A standard sheet of griptape is 9″ x 33″ (22.8cm x 83.8cm) in size, making it suitable for virtually all decks. For wider decks and longboards there are also larger sheets with different levels of granularity. You should not, however, use ultra-rough longboard griptape for normal skateboarding, unless you’re willing to buy a new pair of shoes every week.

Skateboard Griptapes at skatedeluxe

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Griptape: Wear & Tear, Replacement, Cleaning

2. Griptape: Wear & Tear, Replacement, Cleaning

Over time, griptape wears out due to the constant friction between its surface and your shoes, slowly but surely, smoothing the grain. Tricks will become more difficult and imprecise as your griptape wears down. Don’t panic though, this doesn’t mean you immediately need to get a new deck. New griptape can often work wonders.

Worn out griptape is best removed by using a hair dryer. The hot air liquefies the adhesive, allowing the griptape to easily peel off. Then you can simply apply a new layer of grip tape.

Tip: In the event that a small amount of adhesive residue is left on the deck, you have two options.
Option 1: Apply the new griptape directly on top of it. Option 2: Rub down the residue with nail polish remover and scrape it off carefully afterwards.

If you do end up having dust and dirt traces on your griptape, you can remove them with a griptape cleaner. A griptape cleaner removes dust and unwanted blemishes, cleans your griptape and makes it more durable. Th video shows you how it all works. If your griptape is really dirty or muddy, you can use a conventional shoe brush or household brush to carefully clean it.

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Griptape: Application and Avoiding Bubbles

3. Applying Griptape to your deck and preventing bubbles

To avoid bubbles when applying your griptape, you should make sure that you apply the sheet in small increments. This way, you avoid trapping air between the griptape and deck. Should small bubbles occur nevertheless, you can fix it by poking a small hole in the bubble with your griptape cutter, allowing the air to escape.

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If all of this seems too complicated for your taste, you can also use an anti-bubble grip tape. In this case, continuous perforation in the griptape ensures that no bubbles can form when applying it. Any excess air between the deck and the griptape can easily escape through tiny holes in the tape.

P.S. In the skatedeluxe Skate Shop, you’ll receive free griptape with the purchase of any deck! skatedeluxe brand griptape is perforated, so you won’t have to worry about bubbles at all.

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Creative grip jobs

3.1 Creative ideas to apply your griptape

If you want to be a little more imaginative, we also have some grip job ideas on how to grip your new skateboard differently than usual. With grip jobs you can put your personal stamp on your skateboard and let your creativity run free. Speedstripe, Mosaic, Barcode and Ripper are just a few grip job ideas to give your new skateboard a creative twist. The basic procedure for creative grip jobs is the same as for conventional grip tape application.

Speed Stripe

Barcode

Mosaic

Ripper

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