Many people have skateboards, but not everyone knows how to properly wrap a deck. If you are someone who has just obtained a new board and want to protect it from dents and cracks as much as possible, then this post is for you! In order to learn how to do so, follow the instructions below.
What you’ll need
To properly wrap a skateboard, you will need:
- A Skateboard Deck
- A Sheet of Paper
- Clear Tape or Masking Tape
- Ruler or Measuring Tape
- Inward Incline (optional) Heavier weights may require an inward incline.
- First, you’ll need to put your sheet of paper on the floor and place your skateboard deck over it (the sheet should be long enough to cover the board and about 1/2″ taller than the board). Then, find a point where both ends of the board meeting.
- Next, use your ruler or measuring tape to find the center of the deck and mark it with a pen. Then, look at where each end of the board meets. There should be two “jets” that stick out of these ends (where the wheels are attached). Find where they meet on opposite sides of the deck.
- Once you have those points marked with a pen, use your measuring tape or ruler to measure from the center point of the board out to either side. Write down both numbers as they will be needed in step 4.
- Now, take your scissors and cut a square on each side of where you wrote down the numbers that you measured in step 3. Then, cut a triangle out of the corners to make them slightly pointy. This will create a flap that will be used to wrap the board with the paper. Repeat steps 1-4 for each side of the deck so you have two flaps on each side.
- Next, place one of the flaps onto the top of your board so it covers half of the top. Then, use an Exacto knife to cut a hole in the flap that is just big enough for your trucks to fit through. Repeat on the other side so you have two holes on each side.
- Now, take some clear tape or masking tape and wrap it around the deck (you may need to cut a slit in the paper first) until you get back to where you started. Repeat this step twice more so there are three layers of tape. Now, put one small piece of clear tape on each hole that you made earlier.
- If needed, use your Exacto knife to cut a small hole in the paper where your grip tape is. If there isn’t any grip tape, you may skip this step.
- Last, put a piece of scotch tape over each slit that you made earlier, and be very careful not to let it touch the clear tape as it will make it hard to remove later!
- Try to go slow and steady with your scissors/Exacto knife as it can be quite difficult to cut through the thick deck. Make sure you have a hard surface underneath to protect both your board and floor from getting scratched or dinged up.
- If you are having trouble keeping the paper straight while cutting, try placing a ruler underneath the paper to keep it straight.
- An inward incline may be helpful to ensure that the heavier weights are evenly distributed across the board while you are rolling your skateboard.
Wrap your skateboard with this easy method for better weight distribution! I hope you enjoyed reading this article, thank you for reading!