How to Remove Grip Tape From a Pre-Gripped Skateboard

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How to Remove Grip Tape From a Pre-Gripped Skateboard. 

So, we hear you say, there's an awesome deal on this board, only thing is, it comes with factory fitted grip. Do you buy it? Don't you buy it? Tough decision. 

Factory fitted grip tape isn't necessarily a bad thing, in fact it can be great, there are plenty of awesome bargains out there that will save you $10 to $15 bucks on grip plus you don't have the hassle of spending ages trying to cut and fit it just right. Its all done for you.

On the other hand buying pre-fitted grip can be unpredictable - at worst, you get complete rubbish.

But we say you should at least give pre-fitted grip a go because removing unwanted grip tape is a whole lot easier than you think!

All it takes is a little time, a pair of hands, a sharp object such as a scalpel, your mum's hair dryer, and a bit of solid street genius.


Here's how it's done:

1. Grab the hair dryer, pump it up to full heat and blast the grip. This will melt the glue that's holding it to the deck.

2.Use a sharp object such as a Stanley-Knife or your fingernails to raise an end.

3. Pull back on the tape.

4. Keep blasting just in front of where the grip is coming off the board. This will make sure the glue stays liquid and the tape comes of easily.

5. Continue to carefully pull up the tape paying close attention to any place it gets stuck. Keep this up until the tape comes off in a single sheet.


If all goes well it should take you less than ten minutes to remove factory fitted grip tape and the board will be ready to have your custom tape layed over the old glue straight away.


Remember if its a good deal, it's worth buying! Even with grip tape because if you don't like the grip it comes with, it's a simple job to replace and either way you've saved yourself some cash. 

Any feedback, tips on the process or comments are always welcome just visit our eBay MyWorld page and send us a message!

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