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This Instructable is an expansion of our 55" Longboard Dancer tutorial where we prove the procedure involved v laminating a board much longer than the traditional 48" long skateboard veneers. In that tutorial you may have noticed that the top side the the deck had a unique grip tape pattern... Well, this is exactly how we go it!

TOOLS:

File

Sharp energy Knife

Tape

MATERIALS:

Grip ice (we provided 9" broad Jessup street deck grip)

Image (printed come the dimension you desire it moved to her grip tape)


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To grip such a distinct handmade longboard, we needed something an ext than simply the median solid tight tape task on the height side the the deck. We made decision to reduced out a little design that would certainly let the natural maple veneer present through the grip itself. Sticking through the "dancer" theme, we uncovered a silhouette picture of a ball room dancer in a optimal hat for our design.

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We reduced a size of tight tape in ~ 20" lengthy to apply our picture to. This will end up in the center of the deck and is a nice brief piece to work with.

After taping our photo to the ago (paper) next of the tight tape, we start cutting out the areas we want the wood to present through.

**Remember to winter (or flip) her image prior to printing if you want it come align a certain method on the grip. Due to the fact that you are cutting your photo from the earlier side the the grip, any type of image will show up in the reverse once it has been applied to the deck. This is specifically important if girlfriend have any text you want to reduced out.


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Cutting indigenous the earlier side the the tight tape is always easier 보다 from the former side. It might take a bit more thinking to visualize what it will certainly look prefer in the end, yet it is much much faster to cut and also won"t dull her knife as quickly as cut the rough height side of the grip.

Using the printed image as a guide, us were may be to cut out this basic design in around 10 minutes v the utility knife. Fixed tape arts can obtain pretty detailed if you want it come be, so taking your time with the knife throughout this action is important.

Make sure to keep any type of interior pieces that you may need to cut out and stick later. For example, the within of the letter "O" or "A"


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Peel the paper backing turn off of the tight tape, and also carefully pole the sheets in place on the deck. Tight tape is quite tacky, therefore it have the right to be difficult to re-position a piece if it gets stuck in the not correct spot.

When laying under the areas of tight that space intricately cut out, be extra careful when peeling and sticking those parts to make certain they room in the appropriate position and also do no rip.

TIP: If friend still have actually the offcuts indigenous the architecture you cut out native the grip, you deserve to use this sections come make certain your picture is appropriately positioned. Merely lay the offcut piece in the open up area the grip, and also check to view if that lines up. You can likewise use this cheat to help position those internal pieces that have to stuck under to finish the image. ***See image notes


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Before you begin cutting off the excess fixed tape from her deck, another an excellent tip is come make certain your tape is pressed down firmly by roll an old wheel end the surface. This helps gain out any small bubbles or locations that may not be fully stuck to the deck.

Once the tight is pressed under firmly, you have the right to take a document and start breaking the edges of the tape before cutting. You have the right to use a file, or quite much any type of straight metal tool (shaft that a screw driver, ruler edge, etc), and run it along the leaf of your board on top of the grip. This will help remove some of the grit in this area which creates a scoring heat for her blade.


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Once you have actually the edges scored, you can use the utility knife to cut off the excess tight tape.

Extend the blade out and also run it follow me the sheet of the board from the bottom side. This will act as a overview for her knife edge come smoothly run roughly your plank while cutting at the same time.

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TIP: You have the right to fold up and also use a tiny section the the tight tape offcut to help smooth out any uneven edges approximately your deck. It is pretty typical to have locations that might not have been reduced as cleanly together the rest, and also this can aid fix the problem.


After the surface ar of her deck has actually been extended by the fixed tape, you will certainly most likely need to punch out the holes for your truck bolts. The easiest method to carry out this is come poke a pilot hole with the grip native the bottom next of the deck. This will allow you to conveniently see where the truck holes are from the optimal side of the board, and you have the right to then use a file, knife, countersink little or the van bolts us to eliminate the remainder of the material.

You want a clean truck feet so that as soon as you are ready to mountain the trucks, you room able to push the bolts through relatively easily.


Your board is now fully gripped and also ready to ride!

Hopefully this tutorial helps describe the straightforward principles of gripping your very own skate/longboard and also cutting the end a unique architecture to make it the much more custom.