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Posted: 5/2/2015 6:34:31 AM EDT
Any advise on how to properly stipple and remove finger groves on my glock 17L?
Link Posted: 5/2/2015 7:59:24 AM EDT
Take a dremel and slowly sand down the grooves. You also want to smooth down the raised edges on the sides and back of the grip to make it smooth all the way around before stippling it. As for stippling, take your time there too and try to get a nice consistent pattern. Take a look at these photos and learn from my mistakes. The first one still has raised edges on the sides and the front of the grip isn't too consistent. My second was noticeably better.





Not professionally done, of course. But also, not $300.
Link Posted: 5/2/2015 3:55:14 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/2/2015 8:00:16 PM EDT by AJE]
Posted edited. This answer is not appropriate for a tech forum. -AJE
Link Posted: 5/2/2015 6:47:28 PM EDT
Originally Posted By alexfiggy:
Any advise on how to properly stipple and remove finger groves on my glock 17L?
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I've never attempted to stipple anything myself so I can't offer much first hand experience or advice other than to recommend practicing on something cheap first. The "Mag loader" that comes with all Glocks should be an excellent test subject because (theoretically anyway) its made of the same polymer used in the Glock frame and you probably already have a few of them lying around anyway.

The finger grooves are easy. Tape off the areas around them that you don't want to mess up and then go at them with a dremel w/sanding wheel to take off the bulk of the material then use a file to flatten those areas and then follow that up with increasingly finer grits of sand paper to smooth it all out. I have been told you can then apply heat to the area with a heat gun or a blow dryer to return the factory color?

Now that advice is only if you are stopping at removing the finger grooves. If you plan to stipple the whole front strap, stop with the dremel after only slightly reducing the humps down (leave about 1/2 to 3/4 of them intact). You will want the rest of that material to fill in the factory "checkered" areas so that with you stipple the front strap, you are starting off with a flat and even surface. Some just leave the factory checkering alone and only stipple where the finger humps were in which case you want to follow the steps I advised above.

Take your time, get plenty of practice on cheap stuff and then good luck!
Link Posted: 5/2/2015 8:56:36 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By N4sty_N4te:
Take a dremel and slowly sand down the grooves. You also want to smooth down the raised edges on the sides and back of the grip to make it smooth all the way around before stippling it. As for stippling, take your time there too and try to get a nice consistent pattern. Take a look at these photos and learn from my mistakes. The first one still has raised edges on the sides and the front of the grip isn't too consistent. My second was noticeably better.

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8627/16491031598_0f74a85672_c.jpg

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8667/16678617565_635d924f59_c.jpg

Not professionally done, of course. But also, not $300.
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To the untrained eye there probably doesn't look like much difference between the two, but the second one is noticeably better than the first one. Removing the texture makes a huge difference in the look. The first one could be reworked rather easily and quickly if you wanted to.
Link Posted: 5/2/2015 10:03:25 PM EDT
I find the Dremel flap wheel sander attachment works the best.

Not as rigid and makes for easy profiling. Remember to shape the areas where the grooves start on the sides of the front strap too.

Link Posted: 5/2/2015 10:06:01 PM EDT
For the stipple I did the brass screw method that allows for:

1.) quicker job completion
2.) unique pattern



Take a 8-32 machine screw and cut a nifty pattern in it and then screw it in and go to town.
Link Posted: 5/2/2015 10:23:41 PM EDT
I used razor blades to slowly shave the finger grooves down and under cut the trigger guard. Then a file to flatten out the work on the front strap. Any way you do the work, go slow and take your time.

Practicing on the mag loader is an outstanding idea!
Link Posted: 5/3/2015 11:24:07 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By Finslayer83:
For the stipple I did the brass screw method that allows for:
1.) quicker job completion
2.) unique pattern
http://i.imgur.com/r34147C.jpg
Take a 8-32 machine screw and cut a nifty pattern in it and then screw it in and go to town.
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I haven't researched it much since I'm still on the fence, so this is the first time I've seen this, great idea, thanks for sharing.
Link Posted: 5/3/2015 1:04:37 PM EDT
I second the Dremel method.


Practice on some stuff like a A2 grip first.
Link Posted: 5/3/2015 3:06:51 PM EDT
My suggestion is take your time and practice the stippling on a MOE grip or something similar.
Link Posted: 5/4/2015 8:07:56 AM EDT
Thanks for the. Info . Time to practice then.
Link Posted: 5/4/2015 8:44:56 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By EdgecrusherXES:
My suggestion is take your time and practice the stippling on a MOE grip or something similar.
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A2 grip, much cheaper than a Magpul Moe.
Link Posted: 5/4/2015 9:13:38 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By SandWMandP15Tee:
A2 grip, much cheaper than a Magpul Moe.
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Originally Posted By SandWMandP15Tee:
Originally Posted By EdgecrusherXES:
My suggestion is take your time and practice the stippling on a MOE grip or something similar.
A2 grip, much cheaper than a Magpul Moe.


And a finger groove to play with.
Link Posted: 5/4/2015 10:29:58 AM EDT
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My single pin gen 3 17 is rubbed smooth after carrying it for all of these years. I bought another new 17 and like the grippy feel of the new grip texture. So I'm thinking of stippling my old gun.
Link Posted: 5/4/2015 11:12:33 AM EDT
I guess I'm the cheap guy. A file for the grooves, and a soldering iron to stipple/dimple where the friction is needed.
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