Grip tape comes as rough sheets similar to adhesive-backed sandpaper. The grade and size of grit varies by company and manufacture method.
If done carelessly small air pockets can become trapped between wood and the tape. During skate sessions these are prone to tear open, ripping the tape partially off of the board. There are various methods to prevent or remove bubbles. Techniques include carefully applying the tape from anterior to posterior end of the deck, popping the bubbles with a sharp instrument, or by applying pressure and pushing the air off the edge of the deck.
More recently, Mechanical Grip Tape Co. has begun offering MechGrip, a new type of grip tape. It combines multiple different colored pieces to a create a design on a single sheet. It applies just like regular grip tape, and you don't lose grip because there is no paint used.
Many grip tape companies exist, including Jessup, Mechanical, Mob, Shortys, Zero, World Industries, Black Magic, FKD, Plan B, Speed Tape, True Grit and Flik Griptape.
US Patent Issued to Head Technology on Sept. 6 for "Grip Tape and Grip for Ball Game Racket" (Austrian, German Inventors)
Sep 07, 2011; ALEXANDRIA, Va., Sept. 7 -- United States Patent no. 8,012,043, issued on Sept. 6, was assigned to Head Technology GmbH...