If you ride your skateboard a lot, then chances are that the grip tape will start to get dirty. ver time, though, your grip tape can get dirty and start to lose its stickiness. Here is a quick and easy guide on how to clean your grip tape so that it looks new again.
How to Clean a Skateboard Grip Tape
GRIP TAPE GUM
The first step is to remove any dirt or grime that may have built upon the grip tape. Use a soft-bristled brush to gently scrub the dirt away. If the grip tape is particularly dirty, you may need to use a cleaner or solvent to help break down the dirt.
Once the grip tape is clean, you will need to remove any old gum that may be stuck to it. This can be done by heating up the gum with a hairdryer and then peeling it off with a putty knife.
If there are any stubborn pieces of gum remaining, you can use rubbing alcohol to dissolve them. Be sure to wipe away the rubbing alcohol with a clean cloth when you’re done.
Now that the grip tape is clean and gum-free, you can apply a new layer of grip tape if desired. Be sure to smooth down the edges of the tape so it doesn’t catch on your clothes or skin.
BRUSH & WATER
Use an old toothbrush (or something similar) to scrub the grip tape. If the grip tape is really dirty, you can use a mild soap and water solution. Be sure to rinse the grip tape completely after cleaning it with soap and water.
HAIR DRYER & PAPER TOWEL
Once you’ve loosened up all of the dirt, take a paper towel and gently wipe away any debris. You may need to use a few sheets of paper towel to get all of the dirt off.
First, take your hair dryer and turn it on to the highest setting. Hold it about six inches away from the grip tape and wave it back and forth across the surface. You should see the dirt and grime start to loosen up and come off of the tape.
After you’ve cleaned the grip tape, turn the hairdryer on to the lowest setting and wave it over the surface of the tape. This will help to remove any moisture and will also help to keep the tape from peeling up.
Rubber Instead of Solvents
Always prefer rubber instead of solvents when cleaning your best skateboard grip tape. Unlike solvents, the rubber will not degrade the quality of the adhesive on your grip tape.
Start by peeling back a corner of your grip tape. If the adhesive is still sticky, you can simply clean the surface of your board with a rubber eraser. If the adhesive is no longer sticky, you will need to use a solvent to remove the old grip tape.
Acetone or nail polish remover
Once you have removed the old grip tape, clean the surface of your board with rubbing alcohol. This will remove any residue from the old grip tape and prepare the surface for new grip tape.
Belt Sander Cleaner Method
If your grip tape is still dirty, then you might want to consider using a belt sander. This will definitely make the cleaning process go by much faster.
First, you’ll want to remove the trucks and best power sliding wheels from your board. Then, place the board on a stable surface like a workbench or table. Next, take your belt sander and hold it at a 45-degree angle to the board.
Start sanding in one direction, making sure to keep the sander moving so you don’t create any deep scratches. After a minute or two of sanding, check your grip tape to see how much dirt and grime has been removed.
If it looks like it needs more work, continue sanding until you’re satisfied with the results. Once you’re done, vacuum up any dust and debris and then wipe down the board with a damp cloth.
Replace the trucks and wheels, and you’re good to go.
Brass Wire Brush Method
You will need:
-A wire brush (I like to use a brass one)
-Some kind of cleaning solution (I use rubbing alcohol)
-A clean rag
The first step is to take your wire brush and scrub the grip tape. Be sure to get all the nooks and crannies. Next, take your rag and soak it in the cleaning solution. Wring it out so that it’s not dripping, and then wipe down the grip tape. You may need to do this a few times to get all the dirt and grime off. Once you’re satisfied, let the grip tape dry completely before riding again.
The wire brush method is my personal favorite, but there are a few others that work just as well. You can also use a toothbrush or a cloth with some abrasive cleaner on it. Whatever you use, just be sure to scrub thoroughly and get all the dirt and grime off before riding again.
Removing Old Grip tape
– putty knife
– WD-40 or Goo Gone
1. Use a putty knife to loosen an edge of the grip tape.
2. Spray WD-40 or Goo Gone on the exposed adhesive.
3. Let the solvent sit for a minute or two to soften the adhesive.
4. Use the putty knife to scrape off the grip tape.
5. Repeat steps 2-4 until all the grip tape is removed.
Cleaning the Deck
1. Once the grip tape is removed, use a putty knife to remove any residual adhesive from the deck.
2. Wipe down the deck with a damp cloth to remove any dirt or grime.
3. Let the best pop deck dry completely before applying new grip tape.
Applying New Grip Tape to a Skateboard
If your old grip tape is peeling up or just generally looking grungy, it might be time to replace it. This process is actually really easy and only takes a few minutes. Plus, it’s a great opportunity to customize your board with a new design. Here’s how to do it:
1. Start by taking off your old grip tape. Use a utility knife or razor blade to carefully peel it away from the deck, being careful not to scratch the wood.
2. Once the old grip tape is off, clean the deck with a cloth and some rubbing alcohol. This will help the new grip tape stick better.
3. Now it’s time to apply the new grip tape. Start at one end of the deck and slowly peel off the backing as you stick the tape down. Be sure to smooth out any bubbles as you go.
4. When you get to the other end, use a sharp knife to trim off the excess tape. And that’s it! You now have a brand new, clean grip tape job.
This is the easiest and perfect way to clean your skateboard grip tape at home without damaging it. You can follow these steps every time your grip tape starts to look dirty or feels slippery. With a little bit of care, your grip tape will last a long time and help you stay safe while skating.