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PRO TIP: Plasti-Dip

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I'm passing on one of my secrets, hear me out 馃槃

I'm a little OCD and that includes with my guns. I rarely like the feel of rubber grips because they are too fleshy feeling and sometimes too grippy, to the point of feeling sticky. G10 and aluminum are usually too slick or too aggressive for my liking. Which brings me here today, to tell you about the goldilocks of grips.

I've been using plasti-dip on my competition and carry guns for years and I love it. It's hard to explain, but to me it's the perfect texture and grippiness, with the added benefit of it being non-permanent. This stuff is kind of amazing in that it's pretty durable (lasts about a year for me) but can also be peeled right off if you want a change.

So here are my tips:

1. Degrease. Don't skip this part, it's important

2. You want to make some kind of suspension rig so you can get around to the back of the grip (I'll explain more later). I use a bent coat hanger clamped in a vice and put it through a screw hole.

3. Don't start or stop spraying on the grip. That will create high spots and puddles. Start spraying off to the side and sweep the can over the grip and don't release until you are off the grip.

4. This part is very important. Plasti-dip is durable to chips and stuff, but it's weakness is in peeling at the edges. So you want to spray the edges and wrap around to the back of the grip. This way the edge of the plasti-dip is on the back of the grip and cannot catch on something and start to peel.

5. I do about 5 coats, waiting at least 30 minutes between coats.

6. Let it cure! Don't be tempted to slap them on the gun because they feel dry. Let it cure for 24 hours.

7. If you don't like it, peel it off after it cures. If the process was done properly you should be able to peel it off in one weird, stretchy, rubbery piece. I'll try to post a video later of me peeling it off of one of mine.

Here is the finished product on my CZ PCR.

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The grips on this I鈥檓 very fond of.
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I would never consider changing the grips on this because the Colt Gods would never forgive me.
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Interesting and a creative idea. 5 coats seems like too much though. I always thought that
stuff was goopy?. I'll take your word for it though. Does it add a thicker feel to the grip?
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It doesn't add any thickness, at least not noticeable. And it's not goopy at all, the texture is hard to explain. It's like a rubber, but feels more firm, it doesn't give like rubber does.

You can see better from this pic, even with 5 coats it even retains the finest details of the grip. It's like the new coat settles into the previous coat. And I usually do lighter coats as I go from coat 1 to 5.
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It doesn't add any thickness, at least not noticeable. And it's not goopy at all, the texture is hard to explain. It's like a rubber, but feels more firm, it doesn't give like rubber does.

You can see better from this pic, even with 5 coats it even retains the finest details of the grip. It's like the new coat settles into the previous coat. And I usually do lighter coats as I go from coat 1 to 5.
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Got it. Makes sense.
I just might give this a try on some thin High Power G10 I have. Excellent tip. Thanks
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It seems like this might help some to prevent screw backout on G10 that happens on some panels.
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