A skateboard with dirty grip tape is difficult to ride and not very pretty to look at. Layers of dirt and mud can lessen traction and resistance, making it hard to land any tricks. Learning how to clean your own grip tape can save you money and your board will stay in good shape for longer. It might seem like a complicated process, but it’s actually quite easy.

Cleaning Grip Tape on a Shortboard

1.Buy a soft wire brush. The bristles should be sturdy, but not sharp enough to tear your grip tape. You can buy a good metal brush for a few bucks at your local hardware store, or get a specialty one from your local skate shop.

  • Small brushes allow for precision.
  • A firm toothbrush will also work.

2.Brush the grip tape thoroughly. Start from one end of the board and work your way to the other, going section by section. This brings deeper dirt to the surface, and you’ll be able to sweep most of it off with your hand.

  • Don’t push so hard that the grip tape starts tearing.
  • Avoid stripping the grit.
  • Keep going until there are no more dirty spots.
  • If there are deep stains that won’t come out, you might want to replace the grip altogether.

3.Remove leftover grime with grip gum. Most skate shops sell grip gum meant specifically for skateboards, and they’re great products for cleaning. Rub at the grip tape as you would with a pencil eraser, then brush away the residue. Doing a thorough pass with grip gum will leave your board looking brand new. A rubber cement eraser from art, the store is a cheap alternative.

Cleaning Grip Tape on a Longboard

1.Buy a soft wire brush. Pick up a cheap metal brush with stiff bristles at your local hardware store, or buy one from your skate shop.

  • Small brushes allow for precision.
  • A firm toothbrush will also work.

2. Fill a bowl with soapy water. Longboards are thicker and more resistant to water than shortboards, so it’s okay to use liquids on them. Mix tap water with a little bit of soap to brew up the ideal skateboard cleaning concoction. You should only need a medium-sized bowl to wash every inch of your grip tape.

  • Add lemon for a clean smell.
  • Don’t submerge your longboard.
  • Window cleaner can also be used to clean grip tape on longboards.

3.Dip your brush in the bowl and scrub your grip tape. Start at one end of the board and work your way to the other, taking time to really dig into the messier spots. Longboards have thick grip tape and it may take a while to loosen all of the dirt.

  • Rinse your brush in the bowl whenever it gets dirty.
  • Don’t let water pool on your board. Liquids can seep into the wood and do damage to the structure.
  • Pushing too hard will tear the grip and strip grit from the tape.

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