What are the factors you should consider when picking out a set of skateboard wheels and which one is ultimately going to be the best choice for you? Today we’re going to go over the options available and make sure you have all the information you need to make a perfect choice. First off, I want to make it clear that the differences among skateboard wheels sold today are a lot more about personal preference than quality.
Pretty much every wheel you can buy today is going to be made out of the same hard plastic called polyurethane, but they’ll vary in size, shape, and hardness.
So the size of your wheels is going to determine how well your board responds in various situations, including rolling over bumps and cracks in the concrete, making sharp turns, achieving high top speed, and performing flip tricks. Smaller wheels are generally preferred by street skaters since it overall makes their board a little bit lighter, which gives them the ability to manipulate it more easily and allows them to perform tricks that would otherwise not be possible.
Small wheels are also a great choice for someone just getting into skateboarding since they have a lower top speed and they can keep you a little bit safer as start rolling down some of the taller hills and ramps.
Larger skateboard wheels, on the other hand, are generally preferred by transition skaters, including vert skaters, and those that use their board as a means of transportation, since they get stuck on things like rocks, pebbles, and cracks much less easily and allow you to roll at a faster top speed. For more information on how a larger wheel allows you to roll at a faster speed, you can read more about it in the description below. As you start to increase the size of your wheels, keep in mind that you may need to invest in a set of risers to put in between your trucks and your board, right here, to increase the distance between the top of the wheel and the bottom of the board, so that you don’t get wheel bite.
Skateboard wheel hardness is measured on a scale called ‘durometer,’ and most commonly ranges from values of 78a to 3 points over 101a, which is technically the limit for the ‘a’ scale for measuring hardness, and which is why wheel manufacturers like Bones have adopted the ‘b’ scale, which is essentially the same scale but with the values at 20 points below their ‘a’ scale equivalent.
Wheels at the lower end of the spectrum are a good choice for skaters who intend to use their board purely for riding and aren’t interested in doing any tricks since softer wheels will provide you with a smoother and quieter ride. For this reason, softer wheels are found on almost all filmer boards and cruisers.
If, on the other hand, you plan on using your skateboard to perform tricks, you’ll almost certainly want to choose a wheel with a durometer of 99a or higher, since a wheel with that hardness is able to be slid along the concrete without being immediately destroyed, and will allow you to travel at a higher top speed due to the decrease in rolling friction.
Wheel shape will almost definitely not be a limiting factor for you in your first year of skateboarding, so, while there are a lot of variations in a wheel shape, as long as you get something that looks fairly standard, you should be perfectly happy with whatever you end up getting. As you become more advanced, my advice would be to try to pick a wheel shape that the manufacturer suggests is a good choice for the style of skating that you do. Street wheels are usually thinner and more maneuverable, while transition wheels usually have a wider area touching the concrete to provide extra stability and traction at high speeds and while cornering.
So, to summarize all of this information, I’ve added a section in the description below that gives my top wheel recommendation for every type of skating, including street skating, transition skating, vert skating, filming, cruising, one for beginners, and one that’s good all around
This is the 50mm. 50mm is the measurement on the wheel, then we’re also going to have a durometer. Durometer is going to tell us the hardness and softness of the wheel. As far as this wheel’s profile, this is considered a standard street skating profile wheel. When I say profile, I mean the look and feel around the outside of the wheel. The 50mm is one of the smallest sizes that most shops will carry. I’ve seen these go down to 46. When you get down to that size you’re basically looking at a bearing cover. The bearing goes right in here. You can imagine that if this were to get smaller, it would just be like a bearing cover.
Another size that is a lot more popular and more commonly used is the 56. The main difference between the two sizes, these are the same hardness. This wheel here is better for technical, low-level skate tricks, not too common with guys really bombing hills or riding in bowls or parks.
What I was talking about with power slide and gripping this soft wheel, this is a Schutt wheel, 57mm, and an 85a. The 85a is the durometer. 80, 78 is a real soft durometer. And the durometer on the hard wheels is about 95 and over; it goes up to 101 with the Spits and they are extremely hard whereas this one is super soft, a little more cruiser-style, better for entry level. If you’re learning how to push, I highly recommend a soft wheel.
3. Filmer style wheel- highly recommended for beginners
With the wheel size, when it comes to this Filmer wheel, for the new person into skating, I highly recommend this 57mm. 57, 58, something under 60. You’ll also have to compensate the wheel size for when you have to step off the board to push, so it will bring your center of gravity lower to the ground so you can get a better push and be more stable while skating.
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The HISTORY OF SKATEBOARDING
Today, we can see that skateboarding is not only a famous sport with many professionals and tournaments, but it is also a huge industry to make profit. We all know what’s skateboarding is but we may not know its history, how it has evolved. In this post, I would like to give you a brief history of skateboarding.
Surfers in California got the idea to surf concrete instead of sea, so they invented skateboarding. The first skateboard seemed to be an invention without any plan, it was just the spontaneous idea of surfers at that time. The material used for the first board is wood. Roller skate wheels are attached on the bottom. The riders took it to the street. They appeared with long shaggy hair.You can imagine the faces of people who saw it for the first time. Must be very funny.
In 1963, the popularity of skateboarding was at its peak. Companies such as Jack’s, Hobie, and Makaha began to have the intense competitions consisting of Downhill Slalom and Freestyle where skaters like Torger Johnson, Woody Woodward and Danny Berer paved the way for future skaters.
However, in 1965, the interest in skateboarding suddenly stopped. People considered it as a temporary hobby. Some skaters who had the true desire with this sport continued to play and create homemade boards. One of the reasons that maybe believed to be the root of the collapse of skateboarding is its safety. Many people found skating very dangerous because it caused many injuries. In my opinion, the clay wheels were the reasons for the unsafety.
The invention of urethane wheels by Frank Nasworthy in 1972 helped skateboarding to make its magical comeback. Everything changed for skateboarding .
Frank founded the company named Cadillac Wheels. In 1975, skateboarding got the needed boost. A slalom and freestyle competition was held at the Ocean Festival in Del Mar, California. The Zephyr team showed the world what skateboarding could be .
The way they rode, the way they played with the skates had never been seen in public, it created an maximum excitement in all spectators. They could ride so smoothly and skillfully that skateboarding started to be seen as something serious but pastime. There were many members in the Zephyr team, but you may only notice some outstanding skaters: Tony Alva, Jay Adams, and Stacy Peralta.
In 1978, Alan Gelfand, also known as Ollie created a maneuver that gave skateboarding a breakthrough, an iconic jump in skateboarding. He slam his back foot down on the tail of his board and jump, then popping himself and the board into the air. The Ollie was born. The trick gave skateboarding a revolution.
It was so iconic that when we talk about skateboarding, we will definitely think of Ollie. In 2002, Gelfand was inducted into the skateboard hall of fame. Until today, the trick still bears his name.
With the outbreak of many skaters and many manufacturers in the skateboarding industry, as a result, at the end of 1970s , many public skateparks were built. However, they must faced with high insurance rates because of the dangerous factors which can cause injuries of skateboarding.
1980s and 1990s
Skateboarding continued to become as the anti-establishment subculture that we know it today. More and more people found their passion with this sport. They started to build their own ramps in their backyards. The local construction companies began to notice that their plumber was taken away.
Apart from the ramps skaters built in their backyards, they saw the world as a huge skatepark, they started to skate on streets. To cope with the obstacles on streets, skateboard companies invented many new shapes of board.
An invention in the 1980s played an important role in skateboarding history. It was the VHS. George Powell and Stacey Peralta’s Bones Brigade team started to recorded videos as a way to teach kids around the world the fundamental and also professional things and tricks in skateboarding. The team consisted of Steve Caballero, Tony Hawk, Mike McGill, Lance Mountain, Rodney Mullen, Stacy Peralta, and Kevin Staab.
In the early 90s skateboarding rose again and it found some common factors with punk music. Skaters wanted to wear in style like punk music singers. In 1995, ESPN held its first Extreme Games in Rhode Island.
These first X Games were a huge success and brought skateboarding closer to mainstream and closer to be accepted by the general population. In 1997, the first winter X Games were held, and the world knew another classification of sports- the “Extreme Sports”
2000s and Now
Attention in the media and products like skating video games, skateparks everywhere, advertisements have all provided skateboarding with the benefits to go into the mainstream easily.
Many companies were founded. They manufactured not only boards but they also made things related to skateboarding such as: clothes, posters, accessories…The judgment that skaters being criminals and rebellious people began to faded away. The X-Games continued to become more and more popular. More money is put into this game to keep it innovating and inventing.
One significant factor that made skateboarding more and more popular and widely accepted is that It can make real money and it became to be a billion-dollar industry. Furthermore, the prize for winning a skating contest is very huge. The winner can get thousand dollars.
Kids these days realize that they don’t have to strive to become a doctor to lawyer to make money. They still follow their passion to earn their living like other professtional sport athletes. Other companies can take advange of the outbreak of skateboarings, especially fashion brands such as: Diamond Supply Co, Hurley, Vans and RVCA. Skateboarding lifestyle became another industry
Now, skateboarding is still evolving, it doesn’t stop because this sport is an individual activity and it requires both skills and creativity. Skaters are coming up with many new tricks, new styles. Companies try to make boards lighter, strongers. They don’t hesitate pouring money to find more reliable materials for making skateboards.
In conclusion, skateboarding nowadays has many meanings. To a group of people, it’s just a sport, a pastime. To another group, it’s the chance to make fortune. But to people who have spent time reading this post, skateboarding to them is a religion.
Getting to Know the Different Types of Skateboards
It has been a long time from the first day of skateboards game. Skaters and companies have come up with many materials, shapes for making skateboards available for riding with flexibility and reliability. As a result, skaters nowadays have a wide range of options before deciding to buy a skateboard. There are so many types of them. You may be overwhelming if you don’t know exactly which types fit you most. This post may help you a little bit.
1. Freestyle Skateboard
If you are a beginner of this game, you should consider choosing freestyle skateboard as your first skateboards. Freestyle skateboarding is known as a skateboarding style. It demands that you incorporate tricks and footwork on a flat ground.
This type of skateboard can be seen as the oldest type of skateboarding. It mainly requires skaters to do technical flat ground skateboarding. Play freestyle doesn’t mean you need only smooth and flat surface or skateboard. Doing some skillful movements or matching your performance with good music also matters.
A skateboard with a deck having comfortable size will be the best choice if you want to try this. In other case, you want to emphasize on flipping the board around, you should choose a narrower and shorter board. But your focus is on footwork, wide and long board would be the best for you.
Everything has its good sides and the opposite, so do these boards. Small boards are easy to control but they are not stable. Large boards have stability but you will find difficulty taking full control of it.
2. Slalom Skateboard
Slalom skateboard relates to a kind of downhill skateboard racing. Although it appeared during the 1960s and 1970s, it gained popularity during the 2000s. Being a slalom skateboarder means you will need skate down a course often marked with cones made of plastic.
The rule of this game is easy to follow. You have to finish the course at the fastest time you can try while try to limit the number of cones you take down. Each cones taken down will add an amount of time to your runtime as a penalty. To win the race, you should try to find the best slalom skateboard which can increase your speed, traction and turning.
Wheels of slalom skateboard are usually larger and sofer than that of other skateboards. These feature will be useful to boost the grip and speed of the wheels. The boards are often longer than other skateboards’board. Foam and carbon fiber cores are used to make the boards stronger and more responsive.
3. Downhill skateboard
The fundamental thing you should know about downhill skateboards is that they are designated to satisfy skaters who want to ride with high speed. As a result, when we think of downhill skateboarding, we will refer it to a sport which requires excellent skill and precision.
Before deciding to get into downhill skateboarding, there are a lot of skills you have to master first, such as: sliding, drifting, air braking, know how to make a full stop when you need. And remember that reflexes are very important because conditions change very fast when you ride downhill.
Being a professional form of skateboarding is the reason why downhill riding requires unique equipments. The best skateboards and longboards you can use for this type of skating are drop-platform, top-mount, and the drop-through.
Stiff decks are usually used for downhill skateboards. The wheelbase size is ranging from 29 to 32 inches. Sometimes, the boards have concave from to prevent your feet from slipping too far either backward or forward
4. Vert skateboard
Vert skateboarding can be seen in many skating contest and maybe the most well-known form of skateboarding. It’s all about riding skateboard on vertical walls, skate ramps or other incline.
This kind of skateboarding requires skaters to ride from horizontal to the vertical plane as a way to perform some tricks. You should take notice that although this kind of skating can give you a lot of excitement and fun moments, it may harm you by causing injuries. So you must be sure that you get used to this kind of skating.
Before trying vert skateboarding, you have to master the basic skills, such as: pushing, cruising, carving. Besides, you have to balance your finance to purchase the best skateboard suitable with this skating type. The board should have wide deck, large wheels to provide the stability.
5. Street skateboard
Street skateboarding means transitions and tricks often done in public places. To be a street skateboarder, you should be willing to skate in plazas, industrial areas, urban streets.
Things which are not made for sport should be used in your performance, such as: picnic tables, park benches, handrails, guardails, stairs, bins, planter boxers,…Decks suitable for this sport should be narrower than usual decks. Wheels should be around 48-55mm. With the size of these decks and wheels , you will find it easier to flip the board and then spin it. Another thing you have to take note is that you have to use polyurethane wheels to provide extreme hardness.
Despite the hardness, the size of the wheels should be small to make sure that the board is lighter to bring around and tricks can be done faster and more precisely
6. Park Skateboard
Park skateboarding is a type of skateboarding that skaters ride in parks which are built for skating only
In parks for skating, you may find features that appear in vert skateboarding. The parks have street obstacles such as rails or stairs. Such elements produces more fun and excitement.
If you are below five feet and four inches, a 29-inch board will suit you best. If you are taller than that, you have to use a board which is at least 32 inches
A large board will be more stable. Furthermore, it provide more room for you to land more effectively
The best type of wheel for park skateboard is small wheels because they will help you to perform your tricks better. You should choose wheels size range from 51 to 55mm, but they have to have a hard durometer.
7. Pool skateboard
From the name, you can imagine what this sport is. Pool skateboard involves skating on a pool. It is an interesting sport that you should try. Not all types of skateboard can be used to participate in this game. You have to choose the right type.
A wide skateboard would be the best choice for this game, the width must be around 8.5 inches. It is ideal to choose wide skateboard because it will give you the stability while riding and make sure that your ride be smooth.
Please note that pool skateboards must handle a huge pressure from landings and sometimes it take beatings. So as a precaution, you should use wide board
15 to 18 inches wheelbase would be the best choice for pool skateboard
8. Cruising skateboard
Cruising may be the most simple style of skating. This sport only requires that you travel as quickly as possible on any terrains but there are usually flat and smooth places such as: skate parks, general-urban areas and ramps. This game is simple because you can ride without doing tricks, but it’s difficult to ride without stopping or touching the surface.
The best skateboard for this kind of skating is board that is wider than the general. Wheels are made out of rubber.
9. Off-road skateboard
To take part in this sport, you must have a skateboard which is designated for every terrains, not only on a pavement. A skateboard suitable for off-road can work effectively on gravel, hard-packed sand and dirt.
You don’t have to try to find skateboard made for off-road. You can use regular skateboard, but you have to replace the normal wheels with larger wheels which are made of rubberto make sure that they will work good on tough surfaces.
An unique feature of this type is its brake. You can easily stop when find out that you have to face with dangerous terrains. This feature can not be found in any types of skateboard.
10. Electric skateboard
Being the latest kind of skateboard, electric skateboards stand as an example for the mix of modern and classic. Electric skateboards make the sport more fun and exciting.
There is an outstanding electric skateboard I want to suggest you if you want to take one for a totally new experience. The Onewheel, as its name, this skateboard has only one wheel. You can fold this skateboard for carrying it around. It is very suitable for people who always have to be on the move but still keen on skating.
To conclude, If you are really interested in the skating game, there will be many options for you to try and they absolutely give you more experiences of this game. It may take your time but it’s worth trying.
However, be sure that you find the appropriate skateboard for each types. If you don’t , you may get injuries or even more serious accidents.
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REMEMBER, SKATEBOARDING IS NOT A SPORT, IT IS A LIFESTYLE
Top 10 Best Electric Skateboards In 2019
Nowadays, we are living in a world of technology. High-tech things appear in every aspect of our life, such as Education, Medical, Entertainment…Skateboarding is not the opposite. The glaring example is that we are now having electric skateboards.
In this article, I would like to make a top 10 list about electric skateboards for you guys. Let’s start!
1. Airwheel M3 Electric Skateboard
This skateboard is so unique. It has special wheels which are produced to cope with all terrains so they allow the skateboard to work well even on grass. You may mistake it as a toy car.
The deck of this skateboard is hand-made. It has nearly no learning curve. You will find riding this board can’t be easier. The remote is easy to use, you can go forward and backward with no obstacle. What’s more, it provides you with stable speed. In case you do not want to use the remote, you can download an app. This app is developed for this electric skateboard only to harness its best.
Battery life of Airwheel M3 is impressive, you can have a ride for 10 miles before taking it back home and charge. An incline up to 15 degrees is the limit for this skate to climb. 12 MPH maybe not the fastest speed but it is still useful for you to cruise.
The most outstanding of this electric skate is that it can be personalized. You buy it with pieces, you will put them together by yourself. As a result, you will know what are its components, which is suitable for your skating purpose and customize it.
2. Acton Blink Lite Skateboard
This board has another name-Street surfer. You can take this one for off-road purpose because of its special wheels. You only need to charge it after going around with it for 15 miles.
The LED lights on the front and the back prevent you from being hit by other vehicles while riding at night. Additionally, the LED lights work as a notification about what’s going on with your skate. You can adjust your speed with a remote. The maximum speed is over 19MPH.
The remote has a sensor that can define whether you are having it by your side or not. If you don’t have it closed, the skate will stop immediately. With this feature, you will unlikey to lose control of your board and get an accident. A power switch that will automatically shut off when the overheating problem is happening.
3. Evolve skateboards – Carbon GT Series electric skateboard
This board can handle up to 120 pounds, so it is most suitable for older children or smaller adults. It will definitely be an awesome gift for your brothers who are teenagers taking part into skthe ating game.
The speed of it is up to 10 MPH. Its 100w motor allows you to use it for nearly 40 minutes without charge. The remote has a simple design that you will find it convenient to keep track and control your speed and brakes
4. Backfire G2S Electric longboard
This electric skateboard is not a really good one, but the reason why I put it on this list is that it has the best customer service I’ve ever seen.
It has a retro outlook, a 1200 watt motor, tires made from rubber improve its performance on pavement and on some off-road terrains.
The remote of Backfire G2S has Bluetooth connection, so the board and the remote always have a solid connection. The flashlight on the remote help you to know where it is and what you are doing.
The speed is up to 20mph. You have to charge it after 20 miles of riding. Charging It to the full battery may take you around 4 hours.
5. Hiboy S22 electric skateboard
The feature that makes this skateboard special is that its appearance is different from any other electric skateboards you have seen before. It looks like normal skateboard because all the electric components are covered by black metal on the bottom of the board.
There are two 1800 watt motors and each one is placed on each side of the board. The dual motors make this board’s speed go up to more than 20 Mph. The maximum weight it can carry is around 250 pounds.
It has a rechargeable remote and a handle for you to carry around. The best thing about this board is that it looks like a regular longboard so it won’t gain people’s attention in case you don’t want that happens.
6. Boosted boards dual 2000w
This board has the 38-inch size so you don’t have to worry about the room. It can travel 22 mph- a comparatively fast speed.
To make this board, the manufacturer spends a huge amount of time looking for materials. The deck is made from bamboo which is environmentally-friendly.
Composite plastic wheels are stronger than regular plastic wheels. This electric board is equipped with strong computer chips and a long-life battery. 7 miles is the distance for one charge. It has two speeds: the first one is 10 mph, the second one is 22 mph. Remember that you have to master the 10 mph first before accelerating.
You can control this board with a remote or an app. Surfaces which are suitable to ride this board on are pavement or concrete areas. You should consider terrains to ride it on for the sake of its durability.
7. Koowheel D3M 2nd generation electric longboard
This board is not flashy but it has some specifications for people not to ignore it. In general, its outlook is cool with bright wheels and casual design. Its 1200-watt motor is very powerful. Its distance this board can go after one charge is up to 17 miles. Koowheel can go up hills or incline that is nearly 30 degrees.
Maple is the material for this deck, many layers of maple. The device can reach a speed of 20 mph. It can withstand 245 pounds and can be controlled effectively by using a remote. The remote can slow down the board, accelerate or brake.
Despite all of these powerful features, its weight is only 10 pounds, can’t be lighter to carry around
The parts are covered in metal and hardly anyone can tell whether it is an electric board or not if he doesn’t give serious attention.
The road will be the best surface to keep Koowheel last for long. Don’t try to use it in tough terrains.
8. Muttus premium electric skateboard
This skateboard is constructed mainly for kids. It best suits children at 8 and above so its features and design are not as impressive as electric models for adults.
Because it is made for kids, the maximum speed for it can go up to 6 mph. This board can handle less than 145 pounds. There are 3 levels of speed you can choose to use. To pick your favored speed, you have to use the remote. Although Muttus is made for children, it is still strong because of the alloy trucks.
20 pounds is its weight. It seems to be too heavy for a child to carry it, so he will need help if he wants to carry it. Take note that if you give this skate to your children as a gift, you should supervise them while they are riding.
9. Onewheel electric skateboard
Basically, the Onewheel is an electric skateboard on which you balance on a single rubber wheel. What is special about this skate is that it has a self-balancing sensor. However, it will take your time to find out how this balancing works.
To go fast, you lean forward and to slow down, you lean backward. Remember that if you tend to lean back while standing still, you will reverse. Turning is another thing you have to learn. Keep in mind that you have to keep leaning forward while you are turning
The app developed for this board will help you to know the battery life, find your comfort levels. After 20 minutes of charging, you can use it for up to 6 hours. The maximum speed is 15 mph. Onewheel is 25 lbs in weight
10. Maxfield electric skateboard
Maxfield’s board is a powerful electric longboard with a 38 inches long deck and big wheels. The deck’s sply adds steadiness to the ride and helps stabilize the skateboard. The top speed of it is 17 mph, it also depends on your weight and which surfaces you ride it on.
The maximum weight it can withstand is 220 pounds so it can fit most adults. Maxfind can climb an incline up to 25 degrees
With 1 hour charging, you can ride it for 10 miles because it has high-quality battery produced by Samsung
The list above may be helpful for you if you have the intention of purchasing an electric skateboard. Hope you find this article interesting. Like, share and follow to keep up with the latest post.
How To Clean Griptape?
There may come a time you step in the dirt, mud, or something odd and it gets onto your grip tape it takes away some traction or it makes your deck less awful, and so you may want to clean your grip tape. There are a lot of videos and articles out there that recommend using window cleaner and scrubbing with an old toothbrush. However, this way is outdated. The problem with this method is that window cleaners like Windex have solvents in them that can affect the resin that holds the grip together.
So now, I would like to show you some ways that can work well when you have the intention of cleaning your grip tape. It may not make your skateboards become brand new again, but in some aspects, it will enhance your performance and your board’s functions.
1. Don’t use water and window cleaner
Some standard grip tapes are perforated, meaning that there are tiny holes all over the sheet to eliminate air bubbles when applying it to a deck. Water and window cleaner can soak through and get into the wood, making the deck soft and/or ruin the adhesion of the grip tape. Also, the bristles of a toothbrush are not strong enough and durable enough to scrub deep into the grip tape.
2. Use a piece of natural rubber
What we recommend using is a piece of natural rubber, and you can find these in a few places.
At a skate shop its sold under the brand name “Grip Gum” for eight dollars, and at almost any hardware store you can find a stick of belt-sander cleaner for around six or seven dollars. You can also find small pieces of the same rubber at an art supply store for around two dollars and it’s pretty much all you need, and it’s used by people who water paint and for removing rubber cement.
Ask for a rubber cement pickup or scrap rubber. Here I’ve got an old deck where you can see that one half of the deck is clean and the other side needs some cleaning. The rubber is only really only good at removing dust or whatever is just on the surface of the grip tape.
3. Use a soft wire brush
To get deep to remove stubborn crud, we like to use a very soft wire brush. It’s a lot tougher than a toothbrush and soft enough to not ruin the grip. We use a fine brass wire brush that was about $.50 at a local hardware store.
This similar steel brush is good too but had stiffer bristles so be gentle if you use it. Any wire brush like a barbecue brush will pull the grip and possibly make it worse than it already is. Here’s a really good spot to use as an example of what can happen when you try using just the rubber. It doesn’t work very well the more I rub, it just still looks the same. But when I use a brass brush to get the dirt that is deep in the grip tape, it starts to come to the surface.
As you can see, it works pretty well to wipe it away, I just used the rubber, and now you can see how much better the grip tape is now. On this deck here, I applied off the top longboard grip tape brands that use the really coarse grip for the grip tapes. The brush and rubber piece may not be good enough removing everything on course grip tape.
We went a little extreme and covered these grip tapes in mud and then let it dry. Since these grip tapes are so thick from being covered with resin to hold a lot of heavy grit, it is okay to use water to loosen up the dirt that is deep in the grip tape. Just get your brush and water and scrub in sections.
4. Caution before using rubber
Before we use any rubber to wipe dirt away, use a rag to soak up the mud that we now created. Otherwise, you can use paper towels, but it can tear up and get stuck in the grip. Continue to clean sections or spots that you missed.
As you can see, this method alone works pretty well, but keep in mind that this grip tape is wet so it looks nicer than it actually is. The rubber doesn’t work well at all if the grip tape is wet. What happens is that the rubber gets wet, too, and it will just slide over the grip tape and dirt.
We keep a hair dryer handy to dry off the grip tape quickly. Now, you can see how it looks worse when it dries but when we use the rubber stick, we can get it looking a lot better. Your grip tape probably won’t get back looking brand-new. But it will function as it does, and that’s what’s really important.
Hey, that looks pretty good to me! Let’s do one more piece really quickly to show some more cleaning. Just dip your brush in water, scrub an area, pat it with a rag, dry it off with a hair dryer if you need to, and then finish cleaning with a piece of natural rubber. There, now that looks pretty good! We know there are multiple ways to skin a cat and the same goes for cleaning grip tape.
We feel that this is the quickest and simplest way to clean grip tape without doing any possible harm to it. Of course, nothing beats a new sheet of grip tape, so if your grip tape is old or worn down, you may want to consider replacing it, and if you need help removing it or applying a new sheet of grip tape, check out the articles that we have on how to get that done. If you have any questions about this article or anything skate related, send us a message and if you want to learn some more tips, check out the rest of our articles