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How to apply custom grip tape on a longboard?

Applying custom grip tape to a longboard is a creative way to personalise your ride and express your style. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to apply custom grip tape:


1. Longboard deck

2. Custom grip tape

3. Ruler or measuring tape

4. Pencil or marker

5. Sharp utility knife or razor blade

6. File or sandpaper

7. Smooth object (such as a skateboard tool or the edge of a credit card)

8. Optional: Stencil or template for intricate designs


1. Prepare the Deck:

   - Ensure the longboard deck is clean and free of dust or debris. You may want to wipe it down with a damp cloth and allow it to dry.

2. Design Your Grip Tape:

   - Plan your design on the grip tape. You can draw directly on the backing or create a stencil/template for more complex designs.

3. Measure and Mark:

   - Measure and mark the dimensions of your longboard deck on the back of the grip tape. Use a ruler or measuring tape to ensure accuracy.

4. Transfer the Design:

   - If you've created a stencil or template, transfer the design onto the grip tape by tracing it with a pencil or marker. If not, draw your design directly on the grip tape.


5. Cut the Grip Tape:

   - Using a sharp utility knife or razor blade, carefully cut along the marked lines. Take your time to ensure smooth and precise cuts.

   - If your design includes intricate details, use the utility knife or a small, pointed object to carefully cut out these sections.

6. Peel Backing and Apply:

   - Peel off a small portion of the backing from the grip tape.

   - Align the peeled edge with one edge of the longboard deck and apply it slowly, smoothing out any bubbles or wrinkles as you go.

   - Gradually peel off the remaining backing, pressing the grip tape onto the deck and smoothing it out with your hands.

7. Smooth Out Air Bubbles:

   - Use a smooth object like a skateboard tool or the edge of a credit card to smooth out any air bubbles or wrinkles as you go. Work from the center toward the edges.


8. Trim Excess Grip Tape:

   - Once the grip tape is applied, use the utility knife to trim the excess grip tape along the edges of the deck. Hold the blade at a slight angle for a clean cut.

9. File or Sand Edges:

   - File or sand the edges of the grip tape to smooth out any rough spots and create a clean edge.

10. Optional: Add Custom Cuts:

    - If desired, you can use the utility knife to add custom cuts or patterns to the grip tape. Be creative, but make sure not to compromise the grip's functionality.

By following these steps, you can apply custom grip tape to your longboard and enjoy a personalised and unique design. Always take your time, and be cautious when using sharp tools to ensure a safe and successful application.