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Old 12-27-2010, 12:27 PM   #1
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I was talking with a fellow HP fan at the range yesterday and we started discussing grips.



Eventually the discussion turned to grip tape and we both share the same concern about the effect of removing grip tape on a gun's finish.



Any experience out there?



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Old 12-27-2010, 02:59 PM   #2
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I've put it on two carry pistols, very happy with the results. I have no plan to take it off, so didn't even think about it.
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Old 12-27-2010, 03:47 PM   #3
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I haven't done it in quite a few years, but it was never a problem.



this is some pretty good stuff.



http://vzgrips.com/hardware/front-strap-tape



if you are concerned take a drop of two of WD 40 and put it on the edge of the tape when you try to remove it. it soaks into the adhesive, breaks it down and allows easier stripping. the adhesive wull generally clean right off also.
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I have used it on M1911s for years and I change it from time to time. It is not a problem.
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I use the 3M Safety Tread "stair" tape, it comes in a 2in. x 12 ft. roll. Pretty economical, you can do LOTS of front straps with it. Any gun solvent aid it in coming off without incident., Otherwise it wears smooth before it would ever start to peel.



Only downside is that it's available in one color--black. Doesn't look so keen on stainless, silver chrome, etc.
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Old 12-28-2010, 05:58 AM   #6
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Thanks Everyone!



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Old 12-28-2010, 10:18 AM   #7
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I used to use it many years ago before I did my own stippling and checkering. Never did it remove finish, not even on the nciely blued guns. Painted guns are coated so well, I have to doubt anything can really damage those. Whenever I build on an enamelled gun and have to refinish it, I'm always amazed how much abrasive blasting these guns can take before all the finish ies removed.



As for removing the glue, I used to use that orange smelling stuff you get at auto parts places for removing roadway tar from your car's body. It's non toxic and won't eat up your finish. Cuts right through the glue though.
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Brian, I too have a life time supply for a couple of life times.



With the new spray on finishes, getting a gun refinished after stippling is a snap. That stuff does wear well too.
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I was looking for the rubberized tape at Lowes when the gal showed me the stair/pool tape. Its seriously abrasive, feels like flyash when its new.



I tried it on the side panels of the G21 and it worked really well for me. The sharpness is beginning to wear off now so I may redo it before spring.



[EDIT to add:] One possible downside to the stuff I got is it has some sparkle to it. If you insist on being Totally Taktikool it might not be the best for you.





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I use the 3M Safety Tread "stair" tape, it comes in a 2in. x 12 ft. roll. Pretty economical, you can do LOTS of front straps with it. Any gun solvent aid it in coming off without incident., Otherwise it wears smooth before it would ever start to peel.



Only downside is that it's available in one color--black. Doesn't look so keen on stainless, silver chrome, etc.


I found it at Ace hardware in gray...blends pretty well with SS
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