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This instructable will teach you how to grip a skateboard. It is most convenient to grip a skateboard on a work bench such as the ones found at TechShop.
Materials needed:

deck
griptape
file
razor blade
screw driver

Step 1:

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First, have your file and razor blade in hand. Carefully peel the griptape from its paper. Save the paper, it will be used in a later step.

Step 2:

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Next, carefully apply the sticky side of the griptape to the top of the skateboard making sure it covers the entire deck. Once it is on, gently pat down the griptape to make sure it is completely on the deck. Now, place the paper peeled off of the grip tape in step one on top of the griptape and apply pressure on it with your hand across the whole surface in order to remove any air bubbles.

Step 3:

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With the griptape properly applied, bend the ends of it so that it takes the form of the skateboard. Then, using the file, file the edge of the griptape following the outline of the skateboard. Make sure to hold the file at a slight angle as you apply it to the edge.

Step 4:

Using the razor blade, cut a slit at all four pockets of the skateboard in order to create a starting and ending point for your cut. Then, carefully follow the filed outline with the blade at a slight angle cutting the griptape. Carefully pull the excess griptape as you slowly cut out the outline. If filed correctly, griptape should cut easily in four sections; the two straight sides and the two round ends.

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For the last step, use a piece of the excess griptape that was cut off and use it as a piece of sand paper. Sand down the edge of the griptape to remove any excess pieces and to give the board a clean look. Lastly, using a screwdriver poke out the 8 holes for the hardware. And that is how you grip a skateboard. I gripped mine at TechShop
 
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JackStancil3 months ago
Oh my god I hope you see this. It is so freaking crazy that you chose THAT BOARD to do this tutorial on THIS SITE.
JackStancil3 months ago
Oh my god. Your board is one of 5 in the world. I have one too. The design is by a man named Charley Harper. The design was used as a poster for a fundraiser at a school I was going to in Costa Rica. Habitat made it into a board. I saw a guy at a mall and offered him 100 bucks for it because it was meaningful to me. He said no. I had to drive 300 miles to find another. It's a crazy coincidence that you too have this board. If you want to see the poster look at my Instagram Jack_wuz_here. I'm flipping out right now.
newb1 year ago
one thing I've found that helps a lot is to pull off the backing in sections as you press it down
Rockitalk1 year ago
Awesome stuff! Was thinking to do one as well, but we may just link to yours :)
anthonyguerrero (author)  Rockitalk1 year ago
Thanks!
HollyMann1 year ago
Great first instructable! :)