How to Remove Griptape from a Longboard in 4 Easy Steps
Removing griptape from a longboard can be intimidating, especially for those who have never done it before. But there’s no need to worry—with the right tools and information, removing your longboard griptape will be a breeze! Keep reading to learn how to remove your old griptape in four easy steps.
What You’ll Need
Before you begin, make sure you have the following items on hand: razor blade (or box cutter), cleaning solution, and a cloth or paper towel. The razor blade will be used to cut away the old griptape, while the cleaning solution and cloth are needed to clean the board afterward. If you don’t have one of these items on hand, they can all be easily purchased at any hardware store.
Here is the step by step process.
Step 1: Cut Away Old Griptape
Start by taking your razor blade and carefully cutting away at the old griptape until it is gone. Do not try to rip it off in one go as this could damage your board or cause injury. Take your time and make sure you get rid of any adhesive residue that might remain on the board after removing the griptape.
Step 2: Clean Board
Once all the old griptape has been removed, use your cleaning solution and cloth/paper towel to thoroughly clean the board of any remaining residue or dirt. Make sure you spend enough time scrubbing so that no traces of adhesive remain on the board’s surface before moving onto step three.
Step 3: Apply New Griptape
Now that your board is clean and ready for new griptape, apply the new tape according to instructions included with it (if applicable). Make sure you follow all directions so that it gets applied correctly and evenly across the entire surface area of your longboard.
Step 4: Enjoy Your Newly Re-Gripped Longboard
Congratulations! You’ve successfully removed old grip tape from your longboard and replaced it with fresh new grip tape just like a pro! Now get out there and enjoy cruising around town on your newly re-gripped longboard!
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Removing old griptape from a longboard might seem like an intimidating task but with some patience and the right tools, anyone can do it! Just remember to take things slow when cutting away at old grip tape, clean up any residual adhesive residue afterwards with a cleaning solution, pay attention when applying new grip tape, then get back out there enjoying your freshly re-gripped longboard! Good luck.