Replacing the Grip Surface

The Gstring grip surface can easily be replaced when worn out. There are three surfaces available depending upon the difficulty desired: fine, medium [standard], and rough which can be ordered here. They come with a specially formulated pressure-sensitive adhesive for easy application but they’re still able to be easily removed. If you are training for rock that is polished or relatively smooth, or if all the StikGrip surface provides too much friction, you can remove the StikGrip altogether for a very smooth and difficult surface.

Materials needed (if you’re not going to replace with StikGrip)

  1. A sheet of sandpaper cut into a 4.5” x 8.5” piece and a 4.5” x 7.5” piece for each grip. Double this amount for both grips. Choose a grit that will provide the degree of friction you desire (between 100 and 400 grit). The 8.5” long piece will cover from the corner of the flat edge around to the where the flat edge joins the sloper. The 7.5” piece joins the first piece there and covers the rest of the sloper and around the crimper.

  2. Some type of non-permanent adhesive. Contact cement can be used but it will be extremely hard to remove next time it needs to be replaced. (The replacement StikGrip comes with a pressure-sensitive adhesive already applied)

Steps for replacing StikGrip surface

  1. 1)If the sling is also being replaced, remove it first (see the instructions here), but don’t put the new sling on until after replacing the StikGrip. If you aren’t replacing the sling also, disregard this step.

  2. 2)Remove the old StikGrip surface by pealing it off. You should be able to peal it off cleanly. If not, scrape any remnants of the adhesive or paper before applying on the new StikGrip surface. (Note: Heat helps in removing really old and stuck StikGrip. Hold the grip near a heat source (heater outlet) or use a hair dryer or paint removing hot air gun.)

  3. 3)Measure 8.5 inches inches from one end of the StikGrip and make a pencil mark on each edge of the StikGrip surface (or draw a line all the way across the surface).

  4. 4)Lay the Gstring face down on a stable surface. Grip both ends of the StikGrip and lay it on the back (sloper) surface of the Gstring with the pencil marks line up with where the flat edge joins the sloper curve. Align the grip paper so that it is straight and the ends will wrap completely around both the jug and the crimper. The sides of the StikGrip should be parallel to the bottom sides of the “G” and the other end should line up with the outside edges of the crimper. There should be no grip paper extending beyond the sides of the hold at the crimper end. If there is, then it’s not aligned properly. 

  5. 5)If it’s not aligned properly, lift off and try again. Or if just slightly off at the edge of the crimper it can be trimmed with a utility blade.

  6. 6)Make sure that the StikGrip wraps around and past the crimper at least 1/2” and is creased down into the tiny corner. Use your finger tips and nails to crimp it down into place. A steel or wooden straight edge can also crease it down into place. This helps it stay in place when pressure is applied to the small surface of the crimper in use.

  7. 7)When the new surface is aligned properly, proceed to press firmly proceeding from the center to and wrap it around the jug and ending where the edge joins the sloper. Be careful not to introduce any creases as you go. If you are replacing the StikGrip on Classics, on the other end when you come to the crimper, take a pair of scissors and trim a little slot around where the sling goes into the crimper so that you can continue wrapping the StikGrip around the crimper. This is not necessary if you’re replacing it on PROs. (If you are also replacing the sling and it has been removed, you can wrap the StikGrip around the crimper, then open a pair of scissors and take the smaller pointed blade and poke through the StikGrip surface and ream out the holes for the sling to pass through.)

  8. 8)Once in place, apply more pressure to make sure the StikGrip adheres to the Gstring and is uniformly smooth. The StikGrip should wrap all the way around the crimper. If there a some excise, stick it down on the inside of the sloper curve.

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