As a stunt scooter rider, you know how important it is to keep your scooter in good condition. One part of your scooter that may need regular maintenance is the grip tape. Over time, the grip tape on your scooter can wear down or become damaged, making it harder to ride and perform tricks. In this article, we'll show you how to change your stunt scooter grip tape, step by step.
Step 1: Remove the Old Grip Tape
The first step in changing your stunt scooter grip tape is to remove the old grip tape. Use a hairdryer or heat gun to heat up the grip tape. This will loosen the adhesive and make it easier to remove. Once the grip tape is warm, use a razor blade or utility knife to carefully cut away the grip tape, making sure not to damage the deck underneath.
Step 2: Clean the Deck
After removing the old grip tape, you'll need to clean the deck of your stunt scooter. Use a soft cloth or paper towel to wipe away any adhesive residue or dirt. If there is still some residue left on the deck, use a mild solvent such as rubbing alcohol or acetone to remove it.
Step 3: Cut the New Grip Tape
Now it's time to cut the new grip tape. Lay the new grip tape on top of the deck and use a pen or marker to trace the outline of the deck. Then, use a pair of scissors or a utility knife to cut the grip tape to size. Be sure to leave some extra grip tape on the sides of the deck to wrap around the edges. (Pro Tip: Remove your brake to make this and Step 4 much easier!)
Step 4: Apply the New Grip Tape
With the new grip tape cut to size, it's time to apply it to the deck. Start by peeling away the backing paper from one end of the grip tape. Carefully align the grip tape with the deck and press it down firmly, making sure to smooth out any wrinkles or air bubbles. Slowly peel away the backing paper as you go, pressing the grip tape down as you move along the deck.
Step 5: Trim the Excess Grip Tape
Once the grip tape is fully applied to the deck, use a razor blade or utility knife to trim away the excess grip tape. Make sure to cut along the edges of the deck to create a clean, even edge. If there are any bubbles or wrinkles, use a needle or pin to pierce the grip tape and release the air.
Changing your stunt scooter grip tape may seem daunting, but it's a relatively simple process that can be done with just a few tools. By following the steps outlined in this article, you can keep your scooter in top condition and ensure that you're always riding with the best possible grip. So go ahead and give it a try – your scooter (and your riding) will thank you!