Step 1 // Choose the right traction for your board
- Narrow Board = Narrow Pads – Taj/Noah Pads
- Standard width – Ando/Colour series pads
- Wide Board/Fish = Wide pad – Take 3
Varying the gaps between pad pieces will also further widen your traction as needed – ie. Spread the traction out for a wider board.
Step 2 // Before applying any pad ensure the board is clean
Many board manufacturers use products like ‘Mr Sheen’ to give boards a polished showroom finish that needs to be removed with acetone and/or sandpaper before sticking a grip to it.
Step 3 // Arrange traction to perfect your layout before removing the adhesive
Where should your back foot go? Optimal position is all about your personal preference – but we recommend to centre the pad above the front and back fin bases which will help ensure the best foot placement and give the most control when you surf.
Step 4 // Use the stringer line to locate the centre of the board
Or measure with a ruler for boards without visible stringers. In many cases the leg-rope plug can be used to double check the layout – I put the semi circle of my pad around 1cm from the plug – which ensures the pad is a good distance back – but with twinny’s and other alternative surf craft the leg-rope plug may be asymmetrically placed or further forward that usual – so keep this in mind. You can use a pencil to mark the proposed position if you need to.
Step 5 // Peel off 3m adhesive starting with the centre piece
Then sides – ensuring even gaps on each side – unless you really want to flare out your ride. Fan out further for wider tails – bring in closer for narrow tails.
Step 6 // Apply pressure to work out any air bubbles
Paying particular attention to edges, arch area and kick. Ideally wait 24 hours for maximum glue adhesion before surfing.