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How to put griptape on a skateboard deck

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A skateboard laying next to a roll of griptape

Applying griptape to a skateboard deck :

Putting griptape on a skateboard can be a little tricky. This tutorial will help you apply the grip tape one time, and save you from having to rip it off and lose some adhesive strength.

What is griptape for?

Why do we put grip tape on our skateboards, scooters, and the bottoms of our showers or bathtubs?

To put it as simple as possible. We use it to help prevent slipping. Griptape is for adding friction between the feet or shoe soles and the surface of the skateboard.

Do skateboards come with griptape?

If you buy a complete (a fully assembled and ready to ride skateboard) it will have to come with griptape already applied to it. You cannot assemble a skateboard until after the griptape is on the deck. If you did you would cover up the bolt heads.

Generally most skateboard shops and online shops will include the standard sheet of griptape for you to apply. Don't pay extra for them to apply the griptape. You need to learn how and we can help you.

If you were given a skateboard deck with no griptape don't worry you can pick a sheet of MOB griptape here.

Is it easy to put griptape on a skateboard?

Yes! There are a few tricks to make sure that you get it done right. But putting griptape on a skateboard isn't going to be difficult to do. Just follow our steps below.

Everything you need to put griptape on a skateboard deck.

The things you need to put griptape on a skateboard
  • 1 sheet of griptape
  • 1 skateboard deck (ungripped)
  • Phillips head screwdriver
  • Box cutter or sharp pocket knife
  • And a hardware bolt


Step 1

First thing you need to do is lay the skateboard deck on a flat surface with graphic side down.

Photo of a wheel on a skateboard

Step 2

Peel the entire backing strip off the griptape. Don't try and do half of it first and the other half later like a band-aid.

Hold your griptape directly over the top of the board. Try to position yourself directly above the deck and griptape. This allows you to make sure all side will be covered when you lay the tape.

We are laying from one end to the other. Allow one end of the tape to stick to the top of the nose or tail but not both.

peeling the backing off of skateboard griptape Holding griptape directly over the skateboard.

Step 3

Starting from the end that is already stuck to the tip of the nose or tail. Use four fingers to press the tape to the middle of the tail. Then slide your finger out and off the side of the board, do this off the other side aswell. Other side NOT OTHER END.

We are going to continue that same process for the rest of the tape. Move down the board about 3 inches and press the middle of the tape to the middle of the board. Then slide your fingers off the sides while depressing the tape to the deck.

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Step 4

Now that the griptape is on the skateboard deck, we need to get rid of the excess tape hanging on the sides. Don't bend the flaps down or let them stick to the sides of the board.

Marking the edge of the griptape for trimming.

This is the most satisfying part or gripping a skateboard. Using your screwdriver or a wrench press the shaft on the top of the board and the griptape and scrape along the edges to make a tracing line.

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Here is what it will look like after your finished scraping along the top outer edges.


Step 5

Stop! Ask a parent for help!

Grab your box cutter and pierce the lip of the overhanging griptape right against the edge of the board. So pierce it right on the white outline.

Then push the blade along the edge and try to stay on the white outline. Do not cut towards yourself. It's dangerous and it wont cut as-well.

peeling the backing off of skateboard griptape Holding griptape directly over the skateboard. Holding griptape directly over the skateboard.

Step 6

Take a hardware bolt and from the backside (graphic side) of the skateboard insert it into the bolt hole. Don't try and press it thru the tape, it can make bubbles and pull the tape off the deck. Just press it anough to show up on the other side.

Now that you can see where the bolt holes are on the griptape. Use your screw driver and pierce the tape on the bolt holes.

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That's it! You grip'd your own skateboard! Probably saving you 5 bucks!

Holding griptape directly over the skateboard.

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