Skateboarding is one of the most popular hobbies for teens and adults. It is a great way to have fun and relieve stress. Skateboarding began in the 1950s when surfers looked for a new sport. There are many types of skateboards today, ranging in price and purpose. 

What is a GripTape on Skateboard?

One of the most important parts of skateboarding is the griptape. Griptape is applied to the top deck of skateboards and it acts as traction without it, a person would not be able to ride the skateboard. You can find griptape at sporting goods stores and skate shops or order it online.

How to Put Griptape on a Skateboard

Putting griptape on the skateboard is not a complex thing but still, it requires some basic knowledge and skill to do it. Here’s how to put griptape on a skateboard. The things you will need are:

  • Griptape

  • Scissors

  • A skateboard

The Procedure of How to Apply Griptape?

  1. Before applying the griptape on a skateboard, you need to make the surface ready for griptape. To do this use a piece of cloth or piece of sandpaper to rough up the surface so that the new griptape will adhere better. Once you've roughed up the surface, you can then apply your new griptape.

  2. Measure the width of your deck and cut the griptape according to the size using scissors. It is important to get a tight fit so that there are no gaps.

  3. Start in the middle of the deck and peel back half of the paper backing on the griptape. Press it down firmly, starting from the center and working your way outwards. Repeat with the other half of the deck.

  4. Once both halves are applied, use your fingernails or a flat object to smooth out any air bubbles that may have formed. You can use business cards or your debit card for this purpose.

  5. Trim off any excess griptape around the edges of the deck using scissors. 

  6. Congratulations! You are done with it.

How to Remove Griptape from a Skateboard

Griptape is a sticky and abrasive material and like other sticky materials, it's always difficult to remove this piece from the skateboard. It is also often used on the grips of BMX bikes and other sporting equipment. 

While griptape is designed to be durable, it can eventually wear down or become dirty, at which point it will need to be replaced otherwise it will kill your skateboard looks.

Replacing griptape is a relatively simple process, but it can be time-consuming if you don't have any experience with it. 

The first step is to remove the old griptape from the deck. This can be done by peeling it off or using a utility knife to carefully cut it away. Once the old griptape has been removed, you'll need to clean the surface of the deck before applying the new griptape.

Here’s the tricky part, it's not as simple as it looks. You need a hot air blower to blow some hot air on the griptape so it will become loose and will be removed easily. Otherwise, you need a whole life to remove the griptape from the skateboard.

How to Clean Griptape?

Like all other things, griptape becomes dirty and needs to be cleaned to look better if you don't want to put a new one on.

To clean griptape on a skateboard, start by using a putty knife or similar tool to scrape off any dirt or debris. Use the knife or other hard objects cautiously, as it can hurt you or your skateboard griptape.

Next, use a cloth dampened with water and mild soap to wipe down the griptape. If the griptape is still dirty, you can try scrubbing it with a toothbrush. 

Finally, let the griptape air dry before putting the skateboard back together.

How to Clean Skateboard Griptape at Home?

To clean your skateboard griptape at home, you'll need a few supplies. 

First, gather together some warm water, dish soap, a sponge or cloth, and a toothbrush. If the dirt and grime on your griptape are particularly stubborn, you may also need some vinegar or rubbing alcohol.

Start by mixing together some warm water and dish soap in a bowl or bucket. Dip your sponge or cloth into the soapy water and then start scrubbing at the dirt on your griptape. 

Be sure to go over the entire surface of the griptape to remove as much dirt and grime as possible. If you're having trouble getting all of the dirt off, try using a toothbrush to scrub at tough spots.

Once you've removed as much dirt and grime as possible, rinse off your skateboard with clean water. You may need to repeat this process several times before all of the soap is removed from your griptape. Once it's clean, dry off your skateboard with a towel, or let it air dry completely before riding again.

How Long does Skateboard Griptape Last?

Skateboard griptape is designed to be durable, but it will eventually need to be replaced. Depending on how often you ride and the conditions you ride in, your griptape could last anywhere from a few months to a few years.

If you start to see wear and tear on your griptape, or if it starts to lose its stickiness, it's time to replace it.

How Much is Skateboard Griptape?

Griptape comes in a variety of colors, thicknesses, and widths, so it is important to choose the right size and style for your skating needs.

If you are new to skateboarding, it is best to start with a standard 9-inch wide sheet of black griptape. This size will fit most decks and provide plenty of coverage. For more experienced riders, you may want to try a thinner or wider sheet of grip depending on your skating style. 

If you do a lot of tricks that require precision foot placement, a thinner grip will give you a better board feel and control. Conversely, if you spend most of your time just cruising around town, a thicker grip will give you more cushioning and durability.


Hope you have learned the process of applying griptape on your skateboard. For more questions, comment below and share the guide with your friends.