Replacing a surf traction pad can be a tedious task if you don’t know how to do it. Following these steps will help you do it quickly and efficiently.

Step by Step Guide:

The quickest way to remove an old surf traction pad or a portion of it.

  • Gather the tools: Hairdryer, razor blade or cutter, solvent (Essence F, lighter fluid, De-solv-it, or Goo gone), paper towels, and soapy water.
  • Soften the glue by warming the pad with a hairdryer. Keep the heat low to avoid delaminating the board.
  • If the pad won’t peel off easily, use a razor blade or cutter to slice the glue.
  • Clean the surface of any residue from the glue. Soak paper towels with solvent and place them on the area with glue for 15-30 minutes in an open space.
  • Wipe off the residue with the soaked paper towels and clean the surface with soapy water.
  • Wait 24 hours for the surface to dry and for any solvent byproducts to evaporate.
  •  Clean the surface with a dry paper towel.
  • Place the new traction pad on the cleaned surface.

Additional information: You can find Essence F in stores that sell white spirit (mineral spirit) and acetone which can also serve as a solvent but may harm your surfboard. A safer alternative is to use lighter fluid, De-Solv-it, or Goo gone.

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