New to building your own complete skateboard? Warehouse Skateboards just uploaded some instructional videos to make sure you get your gear together the right way. Even pros might learn some helpful tricks for fast and easy skateboard assembly. Check it out!
Here’s what you’ll need:
If your deck has a graphic on the top, you can cut it out of your grip tape so you’ll be able to see it when your board is gripped. The easiest way to apply grip tape, though, is to apply it to the entire top of your board.
After you’ve removed the paper backing, use it to cover the rough side of the grip tape. This will protect your hands when you’re smoothing it onto your board.
Hold the grip tape over the board, and carefully center it. Let the grip tape sag a little in the middle so the center will adhere first. Once the center is adhered, carefully adhere the edges from the center out. Use extreme caution here as grip tape is very sticky. Once the grip tape sticks, it’s very hard to remove. If you don’t center it before adhering it, you could end up with an edge with no grip tape.
Carefully smooth the grip tape onto the deck from the center out to remove air bubbles.
Use a metal file or the metal shaft of a screwdriver to scrape around the edges of the skateboard deck. Rub hard until the grains are worn off, leaving a white outline on the grip tape that outlines the edges of the board.
To cut away the excess grip tape, hold a razor blade at a 45-degree angle and cut from the bottom up. Starting at the nose or tail, follow the white outline and run the blade around the edge of the skateboard deck to remove the extra grip tape.
To smooth out the rough edges, run a metal file around the edges of the board.
Use a screwdriver to poke holes through the grip tape where the trucks will be mounted.