to progrip the wings by Max Doehler GER
After 4 years of use the original grey
antisliptape on my wings was completely worn off.
Therefore I decided to take the time to
change it for Progrip.
I believe ProGrip is superior to the grey
tape because it provided better grip, it dosn't wear
out your clothes or skin, it looks better and is cheaper.
But it is less robust to damage.
Exchange does only take 2 hours. This
is the instruction for all who likes to stand safe on
the wings again.
1. Remove all parts as footloops, bushing
for trapeze elastic, end-caps etc..
2. With a hot air gun you can heat the old tape from
outside in sections of approx.. 30-40 cm and rip it
off. Alternatively you can use a hairdryer and plug
it into one end of the wing. The wing will be heatend
from inside and you can use both hands for ripping.
I would not recommend this with an hot air gun because
the glued connection of inner and outer bar could be
3. If there are any leftovers of the adhesive, wash
them down with aceton and an old cloth.
4. Cut the Progrip at a little more than needed length.
5. Fix the Progrip with a longitudinal edge at the wing.
The surface of the bar has a different colour where
it was under the old grip. You can use the borderline
for orientation. Don't fixed the Progrip around the
bar at once. In order not to wrap the Progrip, do not
use too much power while sticking it on.
6. Once the Progrip is fixed onesided, you can carefully
push the remaining with flat hands around the wing.
In order not to cause blisters, do not rod the material.
If it is fixed at all, you can use more power.
7. In the end just cut off the overlapping parts at
the bar ends and fix the fittings again. Ready!
The abient temperature should be around
20 degree to guarantee a good crosslinking of the adhesive.
While sticking the Progrip on, the wing can be heatend
On request I got the answer that the permanent
pressure for a longer period should improve the Progrip/bar-connection.
Altough I don't know, if it's right, I did it and have
left the wings till the season start in my cellar.
There is one minor disadvantage of Progrip.
If you like to renew it, it is not that easy to rip
off like the old grey tape. But next to all the advantages
like good grip, long lasting and reduced wear of clothes
due to soft surface this is negligible.
You will enjoy it the next time on the
race course, when the others slip around in their boats
while you can fully concentrate on good racing. ;o)
MPS – GER 403
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