My name is Shawn Connolly. I live in San Francisco,
California. I’m a sponsored skateboarder and I run a program for youth called the SF Skate
Club. And today I’m going to show you how to put grip tape on a skateboard. There’s
different grades of, of grip tape. They go from being extremely fine, to being extremely
rough. You just have to pick the kind that you like the best. And when it comes to grip
tape, you probably want to go with a fine grip tape. Because it won’t mess up your shoes
as much. Now I’ve gotten down to my die cut logo and you’re just going to want to carefully
pop this piece out. So I’m going to put it on the backside of my skateboard so that I
know the front from the back. So I’m going to flip it like this. Now you want to make
sure that you put the grip tape on initially in a way that you can make sure that it covers
the entire board. Because once this is stuck on it usually stays on, especially in warm
weather like we’re in right now, the grip tape is very soft and it will not peel up
from there. You start it at the nose and from here you’re going to send your hand down the
middle of the board. And you might sand your hand just a little bit, but that’s OK. Now
you want to do it from the middle because boards are concave. And you don’t want any
bubbles to occur. So now from here I’m going to smooth it out by hand. So now you take
your screwdriver and you’re going to use this to file and to define a good line around the
board and to get the shape out. So you’re going to take it at a nice angle and you’re
going to score the edges.
Now that you’ve done this, you’re ready to take your razor blade and start to cut around
and take the extra off from the board. Now, this board is a fairly wide board, so the
grip tape is pretty much the exact same size as the board, with just maybe a half an inch
off the edges. But if you have a skinnier board you’ll notice that the grip tape is
sometimes sticking out a little further. So sometimes in the cusp of the nose and tail
you can kind of cut those pieces off. Because these tend to be the hardest parts to chop
off when you’re scoring it with it, with your razor blade. So now you just start on any
end. And you get down to where the board is and you just easily run the razor blade over
the edge. Now you’ve got it done. Nice and even. And you can look around on the edges
and see if you see any small parts that need to be trimmed off, you can always take your
razor blade and do that. And that’s how you properly put grip tape on a skateboard. My
name is Shawn Connolly. I live in San Francisco, California. I’m sponsored and I run a skate
program for youth called SF Skate Club. To learn more about it, you can go to sfskateclub.com.

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53 thoughts on “Skateboarding Tricks & Maintenance : How to Apply Grip Tape to a Skateboard

  • October 12, 2008 at 8:37 am
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    omg, you did a horrible job, you have a fucking 10 foot tall air bubble!

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  • October 13, 2008 at 9:01 pm
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    right behind the nose near the dip before the side concave starts. When he "smoothes it out" he just moves it, lol. Get some MOB grip and you won't have that problem (perforated for air release).

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  • October 17, 2008 at 6:09 am
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    you mean keep your skateboard out of water. Water is one of the worst things that can come in contact with a skateboard: delaminates the glue, causes the wood to expand and then contract leaving stress concentrations, makes the grip separate, rusts the bearings and hardware, not to mention skating on a wet surface could be really unpredictable.

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  • December 3, 2008 at 4:27 pm
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    u have to have some kind of blade if they dont give u a razor blade go home and get an exact-o knife or something

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  • December 20, 2008 at 9:30 pm
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    i have a skateboard that has black all on the edges

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  • February 18, 2009 at 11:44 am
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    my hands are bleeding, "but thats ok"

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  • February 19, 2009 at 4:08 pm
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    ok!!!

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  • February 20, 2009 at 5:22 am
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    haha

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  • February 23, 2009 at 7:27 am
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    i use a box cutter

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  • February 24, 2009 at 9:40 pm
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    Thanks Helps alot! Ive read some directions on this… A visual Is really nice

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  • February 25, 2009 at 10:04 pm
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    ''forget the razor,just use a curb''
    Lizard king

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  • March 4, 2009 at 5:22 am
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    what type of grip tape would u guys say is iron horse. fine or tough?

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  • April 29, 2009 at 10:51 pm
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    home depot man. seriously

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  • April 29, 2009 at 10:55 pm
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    iron horse is aight. lasts a while. Oh and its not about fucking you shoes up. if you are skating your shoes then its definately not your top priority to save your shoes. i like therougher stuff cuz it flips better and sticks to my shoe better on ollies.

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  • April 30, 2009 at 8:38 pm
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    i fucked up my griptape. ๐Ÿ™

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  • July 2, 2009 at 3:42 pm
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    the guy sucks ass on gripping a board xD

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  • July 8, 2009 at 7:22 pm
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    mob griptape ftw

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  • August 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm
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    thanx

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  • August 8, 2009 at 12:30 pm
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    no u take the olg grip off thorughly and then u apply the new grip tape, Darkstar is awsum

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  • August 17, 2009 at 10:44 pm
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    no. but dont skate in regualr shoes, bad idea. skating shoes are desinged to give a perfect gip and slip to the board

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  • September 7, 2009 at 4:21 pm
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    I know I didn't ask the question but thanks.

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  • September 12, 2009 at 2:05 am
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    remove the old grip tape

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  • September 15, 2009 at 2:08 am
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    If I were you, then I would leave the griptape , that you have on your skateboard, on. Keep the other griptape in case something happens to your griptape you are using now.

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  • March 30, 2010 at 12:13 am
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    hot topic

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  • June 30, 2010 at 10:32 pm
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    he told 2 times hes a sponsored skateboarder, hes so proud.

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  • August 18, 2010 at 1:09 am
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    fuck utube commericals!!!!!!!!

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  • September 19, 2010 at 6:43 pm
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    would be nice to see what he's doing …. not what he is frigg'n saying, i can hear it, you know?

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  • October 3, 2010 at 11:25 pm
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    @Skaterkid41O
    he said sf skate club

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  • November 3, 2010 at 8:09 pm
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    Can you apply the grip tape after the trucks and wheels etc are on?

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  • November 11, 2010 at 2:49 am
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    @Skaterkid41O what does that have to do with anything?

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  • February 21, 2011 at 2:22 pm
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    WHY DOES HE KEEP TELLING US HE'S SPONSORED?! It makes no sense… "maybe" put it in the description box, maybe.

    Thanks for the video though, it was helpful.

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  • February 25, 2011 at 11:15 pm
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    dont sand ur had just pat down the grip tape then use the grip paper and put it on top of the grip and u will get out all air bubbles for shore

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  • February 28, 2011 at 1:26 am
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    @MrTsh1407
    Yeah but dude, there are other ways of saying you have "knowledge" without having to say that. No big deal, but it's kinda awkward, is all.

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  • April 20, 2011 at 5:44 am
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    this guy really helped me out especially with his old vids

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  • May 8, 2011 at 12:53 pm
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    @killersushi99 LMFAo!!!!!

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  • June 2, 2011 at 12:39 pm
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    @theguitarskillz like 10 dollars

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  • June 2, 2011 at 1:12 pm
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    man i just did mine. fuckin sketchy but it looks good.

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  • June 14, 2011 at 11:55 pm
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    @theguitarskillz 5$

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  • June 15, 2011 at 11:42 pm
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    @faceplant441 any store really, homedepot, lowes, evan stores like walmart, meijers, etc.

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  • June 27, 2011 at 8:12 pm
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    i have jossip grip also

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  • July 15, 2011 at 10:30 pm
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    bahaha wtf am i watching this!?! oh well grizzly grips tha best

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  • July 18, 2011 at 3:40 am
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    for some reason i just like how the griptape in this vid shines in the sunlight and i also like how some white wheels turn dirty cuz it makes it seem like an original skateboard and has been used for years

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  • July 25, 2011 at 8:58 am
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    Thanks man, just put some on the "propper way" haha works good as

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  • July 30, 2011 at 12:54 am
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    thanx ! where can we send donations ?

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  • January 16, 2012 at 6:25 pm
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    i only came to see new shiny griptape

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  • February 21, 2012 at 5:10 pm
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    thenks this really helped

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  • March 11, 2012 at 5:54 am
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    i LOVE setting up boards

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  • April 17, 2012 at 9:49 am
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    worst guy for teaching you how to grip any store will tell you how to do it better than this but if not check out skateboardtech's channel he does it properly

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  • April 24, 2012 at 5:48 am
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    boardworld has the nicest tutorial vid on how to set up your skateboard and to put grip tape as well.

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  • May 20, 2012 at 2:23 pm
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    dude, you need to study on your spelling

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  • May 10, 2013 at 3:33 am
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    Mob makes you fall.jessup makes you messup.blackmagic is magical

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  • May 11, 2013 at 1:05 pm
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    What a Dumm ass xD

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  • August 6, 2013 at 9:10 pm
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    poor guy was just nervous, he knows what hes doing tho

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