The Poor Man's Checkering AKA Skateboard Tape ?

The Poor Man's Checkering AKA Skateboard Tape ?

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    Question The Poor Man's Checkering AKA Skateboard Tape ?

    Ok, I haven't done this, but I've seen it and am thinking of giving it a try pending in the overall feedback I get from this, after all a roll of skateboard tape is a heck of a lot less than a checkering or stippling job.

    I've got some questions:

    1. Does it actually work well?

    2. Can you get it off without using a Black&Decker sander?

    3. Have you done it and then kicked your self?


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    Works like a charms esp on a 1911 style handgun where you can pin the edges under the grips

    Come off easy with normal cleaning stuff or rubbing alcohol

    nope never had a second though



    Now does it beat checkering nope but the cost sure is a lot loss

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    Poor sub for checkering but yep - IMO it works and can be a very fast improvement sometimes - easy to fit - not bad to remove..

    I have a piece on both front and rear straps on my lil R9 and it does help a lot. What I used was actually rather coarse (tread anti-slip tape by 3M) and it could with a lotta shooting maybe make for soreness but - bottom line is - it really matters if the gun is needed and when hands might be sweaty etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by P95Carry View Post
    Poor sub for checkering but yep - IMO it works and can be a very fast improvement sometimes - easy to fit - not bad to remove..

    I have a piece on both front and rear straps on my lil R9 and it does help a lot. What I used was actually rather coarse (tread anti-slip tape by 3M) and it could with a lotta shooting maybe make for soreness but - bottom line is - it really matters if the gun is needed and when hands might be sweaty etc.
    Exactly, with buying five guns this year so far I don't think I'm going to have the money for much smithin' down the road, and when I do, I think I'm going to send out my 5" Springer for an over haul.

    Currently my only gripe on my 220 is that the front strap is super smooth and I like something with a little more bite to grip onto, I see stippling in my crystal ball of all things gun, maybe even some NP3...

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    It works well and if you like it I reccomend using it.

    It is fairly easy to peel off. Acetone removes any trace of it.

    I took a trade on a gun that had it on already. At first I wasnt too crazy about it,I thought that it looked kind of tacky but I left it on any way. It yours hands are sweaty it offers a better grip. After much use, it will startt to wear and the edges will peel up and start looking ugly.
    Just take it off, clean off the residue and replace.
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    How does it work on polymer framed guns?

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    I have never had a problem using it on axe handles and other fire equipment.
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    If it is under the grips it might work. I have had it fall off a few grips I put it on(but didn't put the edge under the grips. )
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    It does the trick.....the best skateboard tape jobs I've seen were on the Steyr Club ( www.steyrclub.com ) where one member made a template as guide to afix a seamless piece of skateboard tape to the grip area of the Steyr M & S series guns.
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    Yeah it works well. I would buy it from a skate shop... its a whole lot cheaper by the sheet.
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    For a M1911, have you considered the Wilson checkered front strap?

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    I use stair tape (the stuff that you see on the edges of stairs for traction). It is the same as skate tape, but you can buy it by the roll at Menards. Works really well on my XD's and my 1911's. I don't use it on the sides of my carry XD though, because it chews up my clothes. I use rubber stair tape (also in a roll) for the sides and put the skate style tape on the front strap. I tried the Wilson checkered strap and was very disapointed. It was very flimsy and cracked right away. It also did not want to stay attached. Save your money and stay away.
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    The 3M stuff works really well-in some cases too well. I find that in the summer I need to wear an A-shirt in between my XD45 and my back. If not scratches and scrapes. My cover Hawaiian shirts don't print but polos do, esp with the pique fabric. The sandpaper clings to the shirt.

    Can't beat the price-buy a roll from Lowes or Home Depot, then good to go!
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    I personally would choose an add on "wrap around" checkered panel over the skateboard tape.
    One can be added to the front strap with a bit of Epoxy (for extra security) and then later on...removed if necessary by warming it up a bit with a heat gun.
    One of these available from Wilson comes to mind and they are $10.00

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    Somthing about just slapping on another peice of metal, just doen's suite me, I've seen one guy with the add-on Wilson checkering and without the an adhesive, the thing was a joke, the checkering kept sliding off the front strap, granted who knows if his grip screws were tight.

    There's a gun shop/tackle/skateboard shop (Wierd combination I know) up the road, I may make a stop in tonight and see what they have, I picked some of the non-skid tape for flooring last night and did a trial run on my Browning Buckmark, the stuff I got from Lowe's wasn't 3M and it doesn't stick for nothing, but it was good test to see how'd I'd like it.

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