How To Remove Grip Tape From A Skateboard

How To Remove Grip Tape From a Skateboard

We all experience a little skidding when going about our daily life every once in a while. This may cause you to slip and fall. The same case applies when you are skateboarding. And unlike walking, this can lead to a more damaging accident.

For this reason, you need to have a grip tape on your skateboard to prevent slipping and ultimately crashing. But what happens when the grip tape wears out and needs replacing?  In some cases, the grip tape may refuse to bulge, especially if it uses commercial grade adhesive. Follow these steps to remove grip tape from your skateboard.

How Do You Change Grip Tape?

The easiest way to remove grip tape from a skateboard is by using a hairdryer. The heat will melt the adhesive making it easy to peel the grip tape off. Turn on a hairdryer and adjust it to hot air setting then blow it on the grip tape.

Move the hairdryer from point to point to melt the glue over the entire board. This will make it easier to peel off the whole grip tape in one piece. Then wipe off the leftover glue with warm water and mild soap using a rag. Do not use too much water as this will damage the board.

How To Remove Grip Tape Without Hair Dryer

If you do not have a hairdryer, you may have to find other ways to remove the grip tape. Using oil will also ensure that the grip tape comes off. Some oils have glue disintegrating properties. Apply the oil to the grip tape liberally and let it soak into the tape for a while. This will make it weak and easy to remove.

The other ways for removing grip tape include scraping it off using a wide flat razor or sanding it down. This works best for spray-on grip tape. You can also use acetone or rubbing alcohol

Can You Put Grip Tape Over Grip Tape?

It is not advisable to put grip tape on top of grip tape as this will prevent the new grip tape from adhering to the skateboard properly. This will, in turn, cause it to come off over time. Additionally, it will cause the new tape to have bumps underneath, which might cause you to slip off your board.

If you are not in a position to remove the grip tape, then file it off or sand it down to smoothen the surface before you add the new grip tape.

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