Quick Question: what is the black stuff on blade tape?
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03-23-2010, 01:04 PM
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Lewiston, ME USA
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I've used wax on and off the last several years and I've occasionally rubbed white tape with a puck, but I've never done both. I've melted wax into tape from time to time though.
Last week, I taped up a couple sticks, put on a good amount of wax, then rubbed it in pretty good with the puck. I was really impressed with how it turned out; it seemed to make the tape a lot more durable while keeping the ridges and the tackiness of the wax. Melting it in took away from that tackiness, which I like.
I actually played three games with the tape job and it held up better than anything I've used. I usually re-tape every game, but I think I'll be able to get 2-3 out of each tape job.
And the best part is I don't have to dig out the heat gun, melt the wax, then let the gun cool for 20 minutes before putting it away.
I've tried all of these and liked the melted in wax the best but it did not help all that much in keeping ice buildup from occuring on the blade.
The rubbing of a puck is what I do but not to the extreme of the posted picture. I do it just the height of the puck and I do it for puck grip reasons for shooting pucks with more zip. As for the heat gun thing that works great for making tape last longer. I usually wear out all of the tape under the bottom of the blade and the front and back of the blade are still stuck on like new. I too use tape jobs for about 3-5 sessions. That depends on whether or not someone steps on the blade and makes a huge skate blade cut in the tape but even then you restick the lifted tape spot and it stays good for quite a while.
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