How to: Stippling grip of Glock frame?

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  1. cgv69

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    Hey guys,

    I have a Glock that I want to modify the frame on but I want to end up with something relatively attractive\factory looking as well as functional. Most of the companies that I’ve seen that do Glock frame mod’s leave the pistol looking like it just came out of a meat grinder or had road tar poured over it. I’m looking for something that will closely mimic the stippling done by Glock on the side of the grips. Here is a pic of a Glock that is very close to what I would like (stippling wise, not the paint job or mod wise) but I don’t have any info about it?

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    I would really like to do this myself so what I’m looking for are idea’s, instructions, suggestions on what types of tools and techniques to use. I would also like some suggestions for some inexpensive material I can buy that will closely mimic the Glock polymer frame so that I can test these techniques before hacking up the real thing?

    Thank you
     
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    we use spray on truck bed liner and it looks fine
     

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    Tweeter –

    Thanks for the response. I seen the spray on liner approach before and didn’t care for it but that might have been because of the application or specific product used?

    Can I ask…

    Who is “we”?
    Which bedliner product do you use?
    Do you have any control over the texturing or is it just a function of the product used?
    How thick does it end up being?
    Have you had any issues with it peeling off?
    Do you have any pics of your work?

    Thanks
     
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    im a gunsmith at h and h gunrange we used the kind in a spray can and so far we havent had any problems
     
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    Thanks but I'm not looking for somebody\place to do it for me. I'm looking for some advice on how to do it myself. Shaping the grip is the easy part. Doing a professional looking stippling job seems to be the hard part that even some pros can't do well on Glocks.

    The stippling job shown on the Glock in the pic I posted is one of the few that I've seen that doesn't look like a hack job (IMO). That is the effect I would like to learn how to replicate.
     
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    The Glock in the pic is textured, not stippled.
     
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    OK - but how is it done?
     
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    I have not tried this but here is what I found on stippling, It is done by repeatedly displacing metal with a sharp punch. you have to practice on some old metal, like some old frames or grips. A poorly done job looks like you dropped it out of a speeding car on the asphalt and let it skate alone with the car.
     
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    The texture in the pic was almost certainly done with a spray polymer of some type. It looks nice but offers almost NO advantage for grip, especially when sweaty or bloody. Stippling is a physical alteration to the frame and is permanent. Depending on who does it, it is usually non-abrasive and very secure.
     
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    Thanks for the info. Can you go into some more detail about the “spray polymer”? Are you talking about the spray-on bedliner stuff or something else? Some specific brand\product names would be appreciated.

    I’ve been doing some reading about the spray-on bedliner stuff and some people have claimed to have had issues with it coming off\getting gummy when hot or with solvents effecting it?

    As far as the “grippy-ness”, I’m sure it will be fine. I’ve not had any issues with firearms not being “grippy” enough and I do not care for guns that have aggressive textures. If I do have issues I can always add grip tape or a piece of bike inner tube if needed.

    I know and agree that function is more important than looks but I don’t believe they are mutually exclusive. One does not have to negate the other IMO and I want both.

    Thanks
     
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    Basic heat stippling using blunt tip, very shallow.
    Makes for a very secure grip.

    <a href="http://www.hunt101.com/?p=319538&c=500&z=1" title="Hosted Free at MyFishingPictures.com" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.hunt101.com/img/319538.JPG" border="0"></a>

    Close up
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    One more
    <a href="http://www.hunt101.com/?p=319541&c=500&z=1" title="Hosted Free at MyFishingPictures.com" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.hunt101.com/img/319541.JPG" border="0"></a>

    GXG
     
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    glockxgray, where was that job done? That is one of the better looking ones I have seen. It looks more consistent and somewhat like a factory job compared to the paint roller looking finishes I have seen. I want to get a g29 done. Bar-Sto shows nice work on their site but they remove very little from the grip in their reduction jobs from what I can see in the pics and I also talked to them on the phone. So that kind of rules them out for me. I agree many of the reductions look pretty sad, even if they do function well.
     
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    I do it myself.

    GXG
     
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    Did you reduce the grip at all or just stipple it? Nice even looking job.
     
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    I did a minor reduction, but I have done more agressive ones as well.
    Thanks for the compliment, I have done alot of these and it does take a while to get it right. I have seen alot of stippling jobs, but most just look too contrived. I like mine and they provide an awesome grip.

    GXG
     
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    I HAVE A MADDI AK CLONE THAT HAD A HARD PLASTIC FOREND THAT WAS VERY SLIPPERY IN SWEATY HANDS.
    I USED A BROWNELL’S PRODUCT CALLED “SPRAY GRIT”
    IT IS GRIT-FILLED EPOXY PAINT IT WORKED WELL IN MY APPLICATION
    IF YOU TRY IT BE SURE TO SHAKE THE DEVIL OUT OF THE CAN
     
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    I have a few photo's posted on pbase.com of stippling I have done. Here is the link:

    www.pbase.com/phylodog

    Just another option for you to consider.
     
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    OD G19 w/reduction and stippling
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