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AEnemaBay
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Posted: 12/7/2008 11:17:39 AM
[Last Edit: 12/7/2008 11:20:09 AM by AEnemaBay]
So you want one of your polymer pistols stippled, eh? Or maybe a synthetic stock, or a handguard? Well if you’re like me you don’t want to spend upwards of $150 for a polymer heat stippling job, so I’m going to show you how to do it for about $15! First of all you’re going to need some materials.

You’ll need the following (everything is available at Lowes Hardware):
Weller 25 watt soldering iron (I use the SP23L model)
An assortment of 10-24 x 1/2" BRASS machine screws (screws that are already flat on top are best)
A Dremel with cutoff wheel
A needle file
Masking tape
A polymer victim



Next we'll have to checker the top of one of our brass machine screws. To do this I simply used the existing Philips slots in the screw as my starting lines. I then took my Dremel with cutoff wheel and began to checker my brass screw. IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE PERFECT! I personally use an assortment of screws that range from very deep checkering to very shallow checkering. This, of course, creates either very aggressive stippling or not so aggressive stippling. I also use the tips that come with the Weller soldering iron kit for fine points and edges.

Once you have done both your vertical and horizontal lines on your screw, break out your needle file and carefully point the tops of the pyramids to gain a more uniform pattern. Or don't if you want a crazy pattern. After you're done thread it into the soldering iron.



Now, take your victim and begin mapping out where you want it stippled with your masking tape. Take your time here and make sure everything is where you want it in the design that you want it. It would be a PITA to remove the stippling once it's been applied. Our victim for this tutorial is my first generation Ruger P95DC.




Now with the soldering iron all heated up you can start stippling. If you're still unsure of your abilities I'd suggest practicing on some scrap pistol grips and the like. Take your time and get used to the pattern that your particular screw makes. Twist the iron as you go to change up the direction and blend the dots together. Occasionally check your screw head for melted polymer sticking to the checkering. If this occurs just take a brass brush and brush it out of the screw.

That's it, it's that simple! You just saved yourself $150! Now if you want a deeper more uniform pattern you can use a soldering tip that you slightly round off. This will give you a "golf ball" like pattern. Here is our victim after only 25 minutes of work.






I hope this tutorial helps you all. If you have any questions don't hesitate to ask!
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Posted: 12/7/2008 11:38:08 AM
It looks almost factory . Great job !
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Posted: 12/7/2008 11:46:46 AM
Well, it's better than Dusty's abomination.
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Posted: 12/7/2008 3:03:44 PM
Wow that looks great!
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Posted: 12/7/2008 3:38:27 PM
works for other things too



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Posted: 12/7/2008 3:39:33 PM
Originally Posted By Colt45guy:
works for other things too



http://i172.photobucket.com/albums/w19/Colt45guy/pics/shooter008.jpg


HAHA!
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Posted: 12/7/2008 4:04:28 PM
Fantastic job! Thanks for the insight on this..
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Posted: 12/7/2008 10:18:40 PM
+1 thanks a bunch.
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Posted: 12/9/2008 8:28:22 PM
should have dremeled off the ruger and grooves
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Posted: 12/9/2008 8:31:15 PM
Originally Posted By wesmerc:
should have dremeled off the ruger and grooves


I like the Ruger and grooves.
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Posted: 12/31/2008 10:36:54 AM
that is totally awesome. i find that you can also buy a extra med sized flat head screw driver, use a dremel to cut it off from the handle and then insert that into the iron. then you can get really neat flat burns... not to hijack but

like this:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v203/HAL_5555/Guns%20and%20Knives/Pistolas/picture334.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v203/HAL_5555/Guns%20and%20Knives/Pistolas/picture328.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v203/HAL_5555/Guns%20and%20Knives/Pistolas/picture330.jpg
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Posted: 12/31/2008 4:50:08 PM
Originally Posted By BREAKER1021:
that is totally awesome. i find that you can also buy a extra med sized flat head screw driver, use a dremel to cut it off from the handle and then insert that into the iron. then you can get really neat flat burns... not to hijack but

like this:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v203/HAL_5555/Guns%20and%20Knives/Pistolas/picture334.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v203/HAL_5555/Guns%20and%20Knives/Pistolas/picture328.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v203/HAL_5555/Guns%20and%20Knives/Pistolas/picture330.jpg


Oh man that is sweet! I'm definitely going to have to give that a try! If anyone else has different examples please post them!
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Posted: 1/20/2009 7:23:42 AM
[Last Edit: 1/20/2009 7:24:07 AM by JRX35]
Originally Posted By BREAKER1021:



A true artist! Beautiful - congrats.

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Posted: 1/26/2009 9:31:59 AM
OH SNAP! "excellent work" to both of you. I never knew it was that easy. Thanks for posting and mods for tacking.
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Posted: 6/16/2009 4:35:56 PM
This is impressive!!!!
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Posted: 7/22/2009 6:04:55 AM
Here are a couple submissions. I finally figured out a use for all those stock A2 grips that never get used from LPK's. Great practice material!

This one, installed on my Remington 870, took no more than 15 minutes to do, that includes reshaping and stippling:



Also notice my custom JPoint mount made out of 6061 billet aluminum. It's pretty big so I'm not sure if it will stay attached or not...



#2 resides on a 9mm AR. Took about 35 minutes with reshaping and all. Pretty rough and not super comfortable without gloves but she sure stays in your hand!!



#3 and #4 are early ones I've done and have some Marine Tex on the front and back to help with shaping.



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Posted: 7/30/2009 4:20:01 PM



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Posted: 7/31/2009 11:52:59 PM


Nice! I bet that feels better in the hand.

Also, I sent my P95 to Ruger because my trigger bar was really worn and it's a part that I just can't order. The technician said that when he opened the box he thought that it was a newer production P95 until he picked it up. He said that I did a great job on it.
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Posted: 8/30/2009 10:44:01 PM
Nice write up. I decided to try a little on my PMags and XTM panels...
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Posted: 8/31/2009 12:16:12 AM
Originally Posted By JonLSU:
Nice write up. I decided to try a little on my PMags and XTM panels...
http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c229/jwhit37/001-3.jpg


Great job! Keep 'em coming guys!
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Posted: 9/16/2009 12:02:52 PM
Couple of different projects...







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Posted: 10/16/2009 1:50:31 AM
I totally dig it! You all should keep posting your projects.
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Posted: 10/26/2009 9:31:55 PM
Did some more pMags, black and FDE.





The FDE shows more mistakes like dark spots. The black looks the best. Both are very grippy.
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Posted: 10/30/2009 10:55:41 AM


Did my first test panel last night using the AEnemaBay method. Very effective...I want to stipple everything I see now. I'm thinking of doing my mouse and XBOX controller after I finish my rails. The panels are much less slippery even when wet or greasy. Using AEnemaBay's method you get a random texture that is much closer to the pattern on Magpul’s MIAD grip than if you simply use a soldering iron to poke holes. This method doesn’t deform the rail and takes much less time since you are covering a larger area than when you use the straight forward soldering iron technique.

Thanks for the tutorial.
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Posted: 11/5/2009 3:34:49 PM

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