If you buy a deck from us here at Skateboards of Choice, we’re more than happy to grip the thing for you, but knowing how to grip a deck is one of those valuable life skills like wearing a cravat correctly or mixing the perfect martini.
So here is our step-by-step guide on how to grip a deck. Enjoy!
Get a strip of grip tape about 2 inches longer than your deck. Most grip tape is 9 inches wide, enough to easily cover most decks.
Peel off the paper backing to the grip tape at one end and then apply that end to either end of the skateboard deck. Then carefully pull off the backing paper and pat the griptape onto the deck as you go along the full length of the deck.
Your applied grip tape should look something like this:
You will need a metal file or something similar with a hard metallic edge. Use the edge of the file to score along the edge of the gripped deck. If there are any air pockets in the grip tape, use a knife blade to pierce them, and they will disappear.
Once you have scored all the way round the deck, it will look something like this:
This is where it gets a little tricky, and where you might want to get a grown up to help you, as they say on Blue Peter. You will need a sharp Stanley knife which you will use to cut around the previously scored grip tape. Be sure to do this slowly and carefully, and make sure your spare hand is out of the line of fire of the blade, as seen in the photo below:
Finally, once you have cut the grip all the way around the deck, you can use a piece of the discarded grip tape to sand down the edges (see below). This has the benefit of sealing the griptape more firmly to the deck so that it’s less likely to peel off. It also looks a bit neater.