How To Install And Remove A Surfboard’s Traction Pad (Stomp Pad)
Did you just buy a surfboard or need a new traction pad?! Well today, we’re going to go over how to install and remove a surfboard’s traction pad so that you guys know how to do both when time comes to use it. Installing and removing a stomp pad is not hard at all, however, it is very tedious and time-consuming. So make sure you have enough time to spare to get the work done the right way.
To install a traction pad; it is fairly easy. You just need a new stomp pad and your surfboard. Remove the pad out of the plastic and glue it to the end of your surfboard where you put your back foot. To remove a traction pad; it can be a little tricky. You need to get some hot water, some acetone, and some strength. Just peel out the old pad using hot water, and pour acetone on the glue to get it all out. You need to make sure the glue is completely off to put a new traction pad eventually.
It is always fun to get new equipment, it makes it exciting and something to look forward to. A traction pad is probably, what I think, a very very important tool to have on your surfboard. It makes your back foot stay in place with the extra grip it offers. It also tells you where your back foot should be placed. And after all, it looks AWESOME! The board is not so naked anymore, it’s like a piece of clothing for a surfboard.
How To Remove A Traction Pad (also known as Stomp Pad) Off Surfboard
How to remove a traction pad is a question we get quite often when somebody just purchased a new surfboard. And honestly, not a lot of people out there teaching how to remove a stomp pad the right way! There is plenty of different ways to remove a traction pad, such as using a razor blade and so on, but we’d rather not use a blade so that we do not cut into the fiberglass so instead we use our strength, hot water, and acetone if needed.
What you would need:
- Your surfboard with old stomp pad
- Hot water
- Acetone with towel
- Wax Comb
- Your muscles hahaha
The idea of removing a stomp pad is to peel off the traction pad completely and then get the glue off completely as well (this part is important so that you can put a new one in eventually).
- Pour some hot water on the traction pad. That will make the material softer and easy to peel off.
- Peel off the traction pad as much as possible. In reality, you want to peel it off all the way. Your stomp pad might come out as a whole or in little pieces like mine. If it comes out as little pieces, stay patient and peel it all off. I know this step might be tedious and time-consuming, but it is all worth it in the end. * If you need help getting the stomp pad corner off, use the wax comb to help you elevate that, and then peel off the pieces.
- Once the WHOLE traction pad is off. You will notice there is glue where the pad used to be. The glue needs to be removed completely so you can install a new stomp pad with new glue.
- To remove the glue off the surfboard, you can either get it out by rubbing your fingers on it and making a ball of glue, you can also get an eraser and get it off like that. But what we found was easier is using acetone on a towel or paper towel and rubbing the glue off with the acetone. It just makes it easier, but there is no easy way to do this either, you just need to rub the glue off all the way till there’s no more.
- Now rinse your surfboard with water, to get all the leftover glue, stomp pad pieces, and acetone that are just hanging there.
- Dry your surfboard off with a cloth.
- Check if it is ALL removed. If it’s not getting it all out. If it is you are DONE!
Congratulations! You just removed your first ever traction pad off a surfboard!
How To Install A New Traction Pad (also called Stomp Pad) On Surfboard
Now that your old traction pad is off your surfboard, it is time to install a new one on there! This is the best part, you worked hard to remove the old pad that was on there and now the new stomp pad you just bought finally gets to go on your surfboard. It’s going to make it look sick and brand new! Adding new tools to my surfboards is my favorite thing to do so this is very exciting for me to teach you!
Before you start you need to figure if your new stomp pad is a 1 piece, 2 pieces, 3 pieces, 4 pieces, or more. For mine, it is a one piece (easiest to put on since you don’t have to calculate and align all of the other pieces together). If you are still debating on which stomp pad to buy, get a one piece for sure!
To install a new traction pad you will need;
- Your surfboard. All clean, free of glue, and dry.
- Your new traction pad
To install a traction pad, it is really easy, all you need to do is do it slowly and be very careful on how to are putting it, if it is straight or not. Just little things like that will make it that much better when installing a traction pad on a surfboard.
- Take the stomp pad off the plastic. But do not remove the paper glued to the back of it just yet.
- Put it on your surfboard just to see where you want to install your new traction pad. I usually put the curved part of the traction pad where the plug for my leash is, it makes the stomp pad circle around the leash and usually is where we put our back foot when surfing. The sticker is still not out of the traction pad, it is just to see where you want it.
- If you want it just like us and most surfers as close as possible to the leash plug, put it there.
- Now that you like it where it is. Remove the protecting film one step at a time. As you are sticking the back of the stomp pad, and slowly moving forward, you are also pulling the paper off the glue as you are moving up. Do that very slowly all the way till the end.
- Push down your new traction pad so that it sticks very well. Push down for a while and all over the place. Leave it untouched for at least 24hours, and to make it better you can always put a bunch of books or something heavy on it so that the traction pad that sticks on and lasts for a long time.
- If you are not happy with the place and position it’s now in. You can pull it out and readjust it. Don’t do that too often though, it will get the glue used and won’t stick as good after that.
* If you bought a multiple piece traction pad, put it on the surfboard without removing the protecting film. And then remove the protecting film on the biggest piece first which is usually the middle part and then got down to the smallest which are the side pieces. When you do that, you can leave the other unglued pieces on the surfboard to help you see where to glue them exactly. Remember start in the middle, and then work your way to the sides and smaller pieces of the traction pad.
There you have it, surfers! We have explained and taught you how to remove and install a traction pad on a surfboard. It is pretty easy if you follow the instructions step by step and you will be completely fine and happy! Also if you would rather follow an instructional video on how to remove and install a traction pad, you can do that too! On our Surf Training Factory YouTube channel or the click the links above. Stomp pad can be so beautiful and make the surfboard look great so let’s get it and enjoy your next surf session out there!