How To Use Longboard Griptape
If you just got a new deck, it’s time to figure out how to use longboard griptape. Longboard griptape works exactly the same as regular griptape, so if you have already done this on a street skateboard, the steps are the same. You just have more material to work with on a longboard.
To use longboard griptape, you will need:
- Fine sandpaper
- Razor blade
- Decide. When you are ready to use your longboard griptape, it is time to decide if you want to sheet the whole deck or leave some room for the graphics. Working around graphics can be challenging depending upon the shape, size and location. For example, circle designs are a pain.
- Cut. You can use the longboard griptape right out of the package unless you plan on working around the graphics. If so, now is the time to cut the griptape with sharp scissors or a razor blade. The lines have to be perfect because you only get one chance to stick it on.
- Prepare. Though it is not critical, it is sure is easier to apply griptape to your longboard if you do a little light sanding. Roughing up the slick surface creates a better seal. After you sand the longboard, make sure to wipe up all the sawdust.
- Apply. To use longboard griptape, you will be dealing with a big, unforgiving sticker. So go slow. Basically you want to cover the deck and not worry about the griptape overlap around the sides. Unpeel the griptape backing and gently lower it over your longboard. If you have cut up the griptape to display graphics, apply the smaller pieces first.
- Press. When the griptape is resting on the longboard, start in the middle of the deck and press down and out. This will create less air pockets but if you get one, no worries. Check out the tips section below. Apply the smaller pieces of griptape you cut for the deck graphics the same way.
- Trace and cut. Obviously you can’t use your longboard griptape with the edges sticking out. Take your screwdriver, and rub it into the griptape that drapes over the edges. This will bend the griptape creating a discernable pattern along the edges. Use the razor blade and carefully trim this off. If there are any jagged edges you cannot fix with a razor, go outside and rub it off on the concrete.
- If you get a bubble, slice it with the razor and squish it down.