tāpateka, (-‘ia). Make something smooth and slippery, smooth something over, smooth something down (e.g. with sandpaper).
E tāpateka meitaki kōrua i te ta‘ua o te ‘are mē patu kōrua.
Smooth the concrete over nicely when you lay the floor of the house;
Kua tāpateka ‘aia i te poupou ki te ‘inu kia kore te tamariki e tae i te kake ki runga.
He smoothed grease over the pole so the children wouldn’t be able to climb it. Pēpa tāpateka rākau. Sandpaper, glasspaper.
Kua tāpateka‘ia te vaevae o te kaingākai ki te pēpa tāpateka rākau.
The legs of the table were smoothed over with sandpaper.