Replacing Grip Tape:
Nothing lasts forever. Grip tape is no exception, especially if you skate in the rain or if you skate a lot. Also, inferior quality grip tape wears down fast. When the grip tape is no longer abrasive just replace it. Mob, Jessup, and Black Diamond grip tape are made of high quality ball screw companies.
Here are the items you will need to replace grip tape:
– New Grip Tape
– Skate Deck
– Hair Dryer
– Skateboard Tool or Wrench and a Screwdriver
To replace grip tape, follow these steps:
1) Remove the trucks.
2) Heat the deck with the hair dryer. Apply the heat on the grip tape for several minutes. This will help to separate the grip tape from the deck.
3) Starting at the nose or the tail of the board, use the razor to separate some grip tape from the deck.
4) When some grip tape has been lifted off, grab a hold of the grip and pull the rest of it off. Use the razor when necessary.
5) Make sure all the grip tape has been removed and then apply the new grip tape. See here on how to apply grip tape.
Tightening and Loosening Wheels:
A simple little job. Grab a skateboard tool or a 1/2 wrench for the axle nuts. Turn the nuts clockwise to tighten and counter-clockwise to loosen. Do not over-tighten. If the wheels do not spin freely then loosen the nut until they do. Also, make sure there is enough thread touching the nut or the wheels may come off when riding. See if you can loosen the wheel with your fingers: if you can, then the nut isn’t on tight enough.
Tightening and Loosening Trucks:
Use a skateboard tool or a 9/16 wrench for the truck’s king pin, and tighten by turning clockwise or loosen by turning counter-clockwise. Make sure you cannot loosen the nut with your fingers, because if you can the nut is too loose. You can tighten the trucks as much as you want.
Repairing Cracks and Chips:
If you recovered the chunk of skateboard that came off, then you can just glue it back on. Cracks, especially cracks between the layers, can be glued as well.
Here is what you need to do:
1) Apply wood glue inside the cracks and replace the missing piece, if you recovered one.
2) Use a clamp to keep the layers together
3) Wipe off excess glue and leave for 12-24 hours depending on the drying time. Refer to the time on the glue bottle.
4) Remove clamps and you’re done
Cleaning the Bearings:
This is a very simple thing to do, but it requires some time. Clean bearings not only spin faster (making you ride faster), but they also make your ride safer. Foreign material, like dirt or sand, can clog the bearings and cause the wheels to halt.
You will need:
– Dirty Bearings
– Fine Flat Screw Driver
To clean bearings:
1) Remove the bearings from the wheels. You will need to loosen the axle nuts on the trucks and pop the bearings out. You can use the trucks to do that.
2) Remove the bearing shields. Use a very fine flat screwdriver to pop the shields out.
3) Spray Tri-flow at the ball bearings
4) Use a rag to clean the outside of the bearings.
5) Pop the bearings back into the wheels.
Replacing the King Pin:
The king pin is the bolt located in the middle of the skateboard truck. It holds the truck together and it is the bolt that you loosen or tighten depending on how stiff or loose you want to be able to turn. Rarely, the king pin will snap. This can be due to a manufacturing defect or immense stress on the bolt. Replacements can be found at your local skateboard shop, either cheap or free (just ask). To replace the king pin you will need:
– New King Pin
– Skateboard Tool or 9/16 wrench and 3/8 wrench
Steps to replace the king pin:
1) Use the skate tool or 3/8 wrench to take off the hardware
2) Use the skate tool or 9/16 wrench to remove the king pin nut
3) Turn the truck upside down and pop the king pin out. You will have to use force. A hammer is a good tool to use to tap the bolt out.