I just received a set of VZ grips. I ordered the "desert blonde diamond back" like shown in this pic:
These are made from their canvas micarta. They are made extremely well and fit perfectly, but something happened that just plain bothers me. After I was done installing them, I took my silicone cloth and wiped down the gun to get all the fingerprints off, and anywhere the cloth touched the grips, it seemed to stain the micarta, creating dark smudges along the edges of the grips. And after handling the gun for awhile, the oils from the skin of my hands and fingers seemed to do the same thing over the body of the grips. The raised portions of the diamond back pattern all turned dark as well. It looks nothing like the picture anymore.
Anyone have any experience with these? These weren't cheap and nothing on their website says anything about the color changing from handling them. I can only imagine if I got Hoppes powder solvent or lube on these things, it would look terrible. Not to mention just body sweat during summer carry. I've written them asking if this is normal, I'll see what they have to say, but I'm leaning towards asking for my money back.