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I have had a strip of skate board tape on my Officers model for about two years now. It has never shifted or come loose.Great stuff.
 

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I put the 3M "stair tape" (I think that's what it's called) on my SA Champion. Seems to be holding up well though I don't shoot as much as I'd like too.

I bought the 1" but wish I'd gotten the 2" instead. With the 2" you can cut it wide enough to go under the edges of the grip panels and have full coverage on the FS.

Someone in a previous post mentioned "marine tape" as an alternative. It's more of a rubberized texture without the grit that can work itself loose. I keep meaning to look for that stuff and try it out.

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You mean the poor (or cheap) man's checkering? I've been using it for two years and it works great. I like the skateboard tape--not as coarse as the 3M stair tape. $2 worth should last a lifetime. The black tape works best since the clear stuff gets dirty fast.
 

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I've had stair tape on my Springer for near on forever, and the backstrap of my duty 686. They are both in need of replacing, at this point, but they have both been heavily used. Neither has come free or lost its texture.

I would second the recommendation that you use the 2" width; if nothing else, you have plenty of excess material to custom cut as you might desire.

Where do you get "marine" tape? I've checked at our local marina and they don't know about it, though they didn't impress me as being experts in all things nautical. Will keep the eyes open.



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do you guys keep the gun oiled where the tape is at ? i'm thinking that the oil would get under it and loosen it up ?

i too have used the 1" stair tape, i couldn't find any skateboard tape, i only looked at walmart so far.

this is the m/s/h with it on there. works very well. i put a piece over the serations on the front also, and thats the part i am wondering about as far as it falling off from the oil.

 

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i use it on all of my guns. if it's too rough for you, just take the peice you are going to use, and sand it down a bit with the unused portion. breaks it down nicely, and doesn't eat up your hands as much, while still providing the grip you desire. as long as you clean the area to be covered well, it should not fall off due to oil. i even spray gun scrubber on it and mine stays put. got a 3ft sheet of skateboard tape for 5 bucks. cheap, easy and removable..the way to go.

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I put it on my BHP frontstrap and it's been working great for the past 4-5 years. I got mine from Home Depot where the guy called it 'bath tub tape.' That might be another name for it.
 

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FYI - Brownells carries it in various widths and grits. I've used it on a shotgun, but nada for pistols.

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It is not sexy, but I think grip tape is absolutely functional, does look good on stainless guns especially with black features such as grips or sights, and does not look bad on black guns at all.

Although I have not looked since my three purchases of grip tape, I understand there are actually variations in courseness. It isn't 20 versus 30 lpi, but at least there may be some variation to help keep people happy.

For the price, nothing is better. Plus, you can add, remove, or change the grip pattern for literally pennies per application. Personally, since I am not into how great my guns look, I would not actually pay to add checkering to another gun that didn't come with checkering anything. I think checkering looks better, but checkering can look crappy if damaged or poorly done.

If the tape is put on a clean surface, I have not had a problem with oil affecting adhesiveness. I never let break cleaner, Gun Scrubber, or anything other than Hoppes and various oils contact the tape, so some may be bad, I just don't know which ones.

[This message has been edited by Double Naught Spy (edited 12-09-2001).]
 

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Yeah, just put a 2" strip on my Colt XSE, much to my gunsmith's despair ("Hey, next time you come in, let's talk about checkering that frontstrap!") It's stair tread tape from Home Depot. It's a little rough, maybe skateboard tape would be smoother. I like it. Good for frontstraps, pump shotgun forends, and (dare I say it?) maybe even an M1A forend?!?:rolleyes:
 

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I just stripped the blueing off my Norinco and am going to parkerize it. Now I know what I forgot - TAPE! Thanks ALL for the great IDEA!
 

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You can also take a dremel to your para grips, smoothing out the checkering and covering that area with skate tape.
 

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Skateboard tape grips

Dvcer,

I will try dremeling my Para grips next time.

What I did instead was remove the grips and replace them and the front strap with skateboard tape.

Works great, and a noticeable reduction in width.
 

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grip tape

I use grip tape on most of my guns and is still holding up and its been 3 years and still going and I think it gives the gun character.
You can get it at a skate board shop for 5 bucks or brownells for 20 and there will be enough to do 3 feet by 1 foot
 

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I wore out the glue holding the skateboard tape to my 1911 frontstrap in about 7 years. Bought a big sheet of it for 8 bucks and I'm back into business for life :) Love that stuff. Later.
 

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Marine tape is the rubberized version of the "sandpaper" type. Really feels like a grip, not a sanding block. Try a boat shop. That's where I got mine. Comes in two or more textures and thicknesses. I have it on my .380 Govt. model. Makes ALL the difference in the world. I just keep solvents away from it, and use RIG grease on a rag to wipe the gun down with instead of my remington spray oil.
 

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ACP said:
Yeah, just put a 2" strip on my Colt XSE, much to my gunsmith's despair ("Hey, next time you come in, let's talk about checkering that frontstrap!") It's stair tread tape from Home Depot. It's a little rough, maybe skateboard tape would be smoother. I like it. Good for frontstraps, pump shotgun forends, and (dare I say it?) maybe even an M1A forend?!?:rolleyes:
yeah, he said that because he saw some business not coming his way :rolleyes: , his interest at mind, not yours :mad:

if i got FREE checkering this stuff would still be on my gun. if checkering gets damaged i would hate to see the repair bill :eek:
this stuff is : inexpensive, feels good, looks good, inexpensive, easy to repair, easy to change. great stuff. i'm going to get some more.
 

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Dvcer said:
You can also take a dremel to your para grips, smoothing out the checkering and covering that area with skate tape.
that would look cool. but a lot of work. maybe i'll get an extra set and try it. i find that nearly all my grip loading is on the front strap and m/h, not the panels.
 
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