Q: Will acetone nail polish remover activate the tape in place of mineral spirits or paint thinner?
A: Sorry, no it will not & it could possibly ruin the grip.
Q: Out of curiosity, what prompted the switch to solvent-activated tape? I've used Tackimac grips for almost a decade and have always advocated for them. This new requirement to use mineral spirits / paint thinner is such a P.I.T.A. Not trying to be difficult or spiteful, but am seriously considering switching to one of the competitor-brand grips.
A: We had no choice but to switch to solvent tape or stop selling hockey grips. The manufacturer of the "glue" that went on the water activated tape discontinued making it because whatever chemicals that went into making it was no longer getting made. I checked with several countries all over the world including tape suppliers here in the US and no one make water activated tape.
Q: So are the command hockey grips reusable? If so how do you remove them?
A: Yes the grips themselves are reusable but you would have to squirt warm water into & under the grip to reactivate the glue on the tape and then gently twist the grip. It is not an easy process. There are YouTube videos our customers made that show you how to do it.
Q: Is this the water activated tape or the paint thinner activated tape?
A: If it is solvent tape it say "solvent" all over the tape.
Q: Hello, I ordered the grips a bit ago and realized the tape is no longer water based. How exactly are you to use say paint thinner to activate the tape. I tried it and it didn't seem to work so I may be doing something incorrect. Is the paint thinner to be applied as the water based tape was? Maybe a simple video can help or step by step.
A: Use mineral spirits. The solvents are applied like you did water activated tape. You peel off both sides and instead of the water solution you use the solvent. It goes on the same way, pouring it in the grip as well as a little on the tape to activate it.
Q: Dose it say solvent on the actual tape or just the tape backing? I have used the water based ones before but on the new one I just got it seems like it’s missing the tape. It only has what appears to be a a waxy backing paper that says solvent use on the one side. It appears to be about the thickness of a plain piece of paper. And has nothing to separate. Is one side supposed to stick the stick without any solvent applied or am I supposed to try and hold it all together while I apply solvent?
A: Yes the newer tape has "solvent tape" written all over it. When we first made the switch we just changed the directions but the tape was plain.
The tape itself is the same just the "glue" on the tape has changed and is only activated by mineral spirits.