Hey there fellow fingerboard enthusiasts! If you’re like me, you’re always looking for ways to personalize and improve your fingerboard setup.
One fantastic way to do that is by making your very own grip tape. Not only is it a fun and creative DIY project, but it also allows you to tailor the grip to your specific preferences.
So, whether you’re just starting out or a seasoned pro, let’s dive into the world of crafting custom grip tape for fingerboards.
Materials you’ll need
- Grip tape sheet: This is the primary material you’ll be working with. It’s the sandpaper-like surface that provides the traction needed for tricks.
- Scissors: For cutting the grip tape to size.
- Ruler or fingerboard deck: To measure and cut the grip tape to fit your fingerboard.
- Pencil: For marking the outline of your fingerboard deck on the grip tape.
- Craft Knife: Trim the grip tape precisely.
Sanding block or file: To smooth down the edges of the grip tape after cutting.
Here are 6 steps for you to make custom grip tape:
Step 1: Measure and outline
Begin by placing your fingerboard deck on the grip tape sheet and tracing its outline with a pencil. Make sure to leave a bit of excess material around the edges for adjustments.
Step 2: Cut it out
Using your scissors, carefully cut out the grip tape along the traced outline. Be precise with your cuts to ensure a clean fit on your fingerboard deck.
Step 3: Apply it smoothly
Now comes the tricky part—applying the grip tape to your fingerboard deck without any bubbles or wrinkles. Start by peeling the backing of the grip tape slowly and evenly, about halfway down its length.
Position the exposed section of grip tape on your fingerboard deck, aligning it carefully to ensure it covers the deck’s surface entirely. Press it down gently and progressively, working from one end to the other. This will help prevent any air bubbles from forming.
Once the first half is secured, repeat the process for the other half, making sure to smooth out any bubbles or wrinkles as you go.
Step 4: Trim the excess
With grip tape securely applied, flip your fingerboard deck over and use a craft knife to trim away the excess grip tape. Follow the outline of the deck closely for a clean and professional look.
Step 5: Smooth the edges
To ensure a comfortable and clean grip, use a sanding block or file to round the edges of the grip tape. This will not only improve the feel of your fingerboard but also enhance its overall appearance.
Step 6: Customize your design
Here’s where you can let your creativity run wild! You can use markers, paint, or stickers to decorate your grip tape and make it uniquely yours. Personalize it with your designs or favorite graphics to give your fingerboard an extra touch of style.
And there you have it, your very own custom grip tape for your fingerboard! It may take a bit of practice to get it just right, but with time, you’ll be creating grip tape designs that not only look awesome but also enhance your fingerboard experience.
is all about having fun and expressing yourself, so don’t be afraid to experiment with different designs and techniques. Happy fingerboarding, and enjoy showing off your one-of-a-kind creation to your friends and fellow fingerboarders! If you are a newcomer, you can also read our article: Mastering The Basics: A Beginner’s Guide To Hand Boarding