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Heat stippling

Postby A-R » Wed Apr 21, 2010 11:46 pm

So I've started experimenting with heat stippling, hoping to build up the nerve and skill to stipple my Glocks. So far I have done a bunch of test patterns on a pair of Glock mag loaders, and just this week stippled both a standard AR-15 grip and a new Magpul MOE grip. See photos of standard AR-15 grip below.

I've tried a bunch of different techniques, including those explained in this link:
http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=421415

I now have 6 or 7 screw heads all cut into waffle-like patterns as described in link above. This works reasonably well. But I've since found that I like the results of the point-n-drag method better. This is done by pressing a rounded soldering iron tip into the polymer briefly, then dragging it down and lifting away. This produces the upside-down tear drop effect you see in the photos below. Used a standard Weller soldering iron I had laying around the garage with the screw head techniques. But for the tear drop technique I ended up buying a Weller "woodburning" iron from Sears because it had a lot of tips (including some that look just like the homemade screw head tips). Only downside is the screw threads for the two different Weller irons or different size (oh well). But now have two different irons to play around with.

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1260 ... 921x00003a

Anyway, I'd be interested to hear anyone else's experience, tips, stories regarding this polymer-frame customizing.

Hopefully I'll work up the nerve to try this on my ol' Glock 22 LEO trade-in gun soon.




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Re: Heat stippling

Postby The Annoyed Man » Thu Apr 22, 2010 9:03 am

On the upside, it is hard to mess up the looks of a Glock any further, so it doesn't take as big a leap of courage to try it. :smilelol5: Sorry man, I couldn't resist...

I guess the one thing I would be worried about with heat stippling is: A) whether or not the applied heat would alter the characteristics of the polymer, making it somehow less resilient on cooling; and B) sneezing.
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Re: Heat stippling

Postby cope » Thu Apr 22, 2010 2:41 pm

Nice job.

I wouldn't dare attempt it on my own guns, so I just send mine to Dale Hunnicutt.

Keep up the good work.
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Re: Heat stippling

Postby Bob Landry » Thu Apr 22, 2010 2:57 pm

Here are two I did with a Hobby Lobby woodburner, one with a standard type stipple and the other in a tree-bark texture.

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Re: Heat stippling

Postby A-R » Wed May 05, 2010 9:36 pm

Well I finally made the plunge and heat stippled an old cop trade-in Glock 22. This was my final test before doing the same to my Glock 27 (and probably my G23 later on).

I think it turned out well. Sanded off the front finger grooves, then sanded down the existing grip texture on front and back. Also sanded a bit away from under the trigger guard where the middle finger rests. Used the point-n-pull teardrop technique on the front and back straps, and one of the patterned screw heads for the sides. It was a little aggressive on the side that presses against my body while carrying IWB so I sanded it heavily with a Dremel "abrasive buff" tip 180 grit (like this one ... http://www.dremel.com/en-us/Attachments ... x?pid=511E) and now it's very comfortable.

Put 50 rounds through the gun and I really like the way it feels when shooting. Not too much, just enough grip. And MUCH better than the factory grip texture.

Photos showing my handiwork next to a standard Glock.

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Re: Heat stippling

Postby gigag04 » Wed May 05, 2010 9:41 pm

I like the guy that did the PS3 controller
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Re: Heat stippling

Postby Zoomie » Wed May 19, 2010 2:47 am

austinrealtor wrote:Put 50 rounds through the gun and I really like the way it feels when shooting.



Wait, are you still talking about a Glock at this point? :lol:

Sorry I couldn't resist either.
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Re: Heat stippling

Postby lovemybersa » Thu Jul 22, 2010 9:45 am

Bob Landry wrote:Here are two I did with a Hobby Lobby woodburner, one with a standard type stipple and the other in a tree-bark texture.

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These look incredible! Great job!
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Re: Heat stippling

Postby lovemybersa » Thu Jul 22, 2010 9:46 am

austinrealtor wrote:Well I finally made the plunge and heat stippled an old cop trade-in Glock 22.
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I think they turned out great! If they work for you and you had fun doing it, that is all that counts!
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Re: Heat stippling

Postby lowonair » Thu Jul 22, 2010 4:09 pm

how long did it take to do the stippling? any pics of how much you sanded off the front and back? did you sand the sides befor doing this? i have a 2.5 gen g36 that i want to try this on.
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Re: Heat stippling

Postby A-R » Thu Jul 22, 2010 6:40 pm

lowonair wrote:how long did it take to do the stippling? any pics of how much you sanded off the front and back? did you sand the sides befor doing this? i have a 2.5 gen g36 that i want to try this on.


I've since done my G27 too (actually sold this G22). The G27 took about an hour start to finish. G22 about 90 minutes because slightly larger and two patterns. The G27 is newer so the side panel patterns were still in good shape and left them alone.

The sanding was fairly minimal - sanded off the raised peaks that form the finger "grooves", then just sanded the original front and back texture to smooth it a bit and leave it roughly same level as the corners, if that makes sense. This just makes it easier to make a uniform pattern with the soldering iron/woodburner tip.
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Re: Heat stippling

Postby lowonair » Thu Jul 22, 2010 7:18 pm

austinrealtor wrote:
lowonair wrote:how long did it take to do the stippling? any pics of how much you sanded off the front and back? did you sand the sides befor doing this? i have a 2.5 gen g36 that i want to try this on.


I've since done my G27 too (actually sold this G22). The G27 took about an hour start to finish. G22 about 90 minutes because slightly larger and two patterns. The G27 is newer so the side panel patterns were still in good shape and left them alone.

The sanding was fairly minimal - sanded off the raised peaks that form the finger "grooves", then just sanded the original front and back texture to smooth it a bit and leave it roughly same level as the corners, if that makes sense. This just makes it easier to make a uniform pattern with the soldering iron/woodburner tip.



so on the back of the grip you dont sand the texture completely off? seems to me that would take too much off the structure of the polymer. i'm just worried about the little raised grooves on the front and rear and how to do those areas.
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Re: Heat stippling

Postby The Annoyed Man » Thu Jul 22, 2010 7:29 pm

You just voided your warranty. :mrgreen:

A 1911 would have obviated the need to do this. "rlol" :smilelol5: :biggrinjester: :evil2:
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Re: Heat stippling

Postby lowonair » Thu Jul 22, 2010 7:32 pm

The Annoyed Man wrote:You just voided your warranty. :mrgreen:

A 1911 would have obviated the need to do this. "rlol" :smilelol5: :biggrinjester: :evil2:


most 1911's dont come with front strap serrations anyway so you have to send it back to have them done. this can be done at home. :tiphat:

and glocks dont need warranties ;-)
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Re: Heat stippling

Postby The Annoyed Man » Thu Jul 22, 2010 7:34 pm

lowonair wrote:
The Annoyed Man wrote:You just voided your warranty. :mrgreen:

A 1911 would have obviated the need to do this. "rlol" :smilelol5: :biggrinjester: :evil2:

most 1911's dont come with front strap serrations anyway so you have to send it back to have them done. this can be done at home. :tiphat:

and glocks dont need warranties ;-)

Yeah, but the ones that don't can be fixed with skateboard tape.... ....without voiding the warranty. :mrgreen:
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