Anyone use Brownells Spray Grit


March 1, 2003, 05:58 PM
I am interested as to how this stuff looks when applied to metal.Thinking about using it on my BHP's front strap.Any one have some pics they could share?

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Harold Mayo
March 2, 2003, 01:10 AM
I did exactly the same thing on the front strap of an Israeli surplus hi-power. It looked like crap and didn't really help things much because it tended to come off. The spray grit really doesn't have a whole lot of grit in it.

March 2, 2003, 01:24 AM
Thanks Harold:D but not what I was wanting to hear:(

Harold Mayo
March 2, 2003, 01:28 AM
Well...that's my experience with it. It was OK but I sure wouldn't do it again.

On the other hand, a friend of mine actually built up the grips of his P7M8 with some kind of epoxy (to fit his hand better) and then used spray grit followed by a coat of olive drab spray paint. It doesn't look half bad...but, then, it only looks half good, too.

March 2, 2003, 01:31 AM
Harold what color did you use?How did you prep the surface?

Harold Mayo
March 2, 2003, 01:34 AM
Used black. I degreased the entire frame of the hi-power and then picked it up with a clothes hanger and simply sprayed the stuff on. It's more spray than grit. I was not pleased with the result but kept it on the gun for quite some time until I sent it off for custom work.

I have been using that can of spray grit on the wooden handles of garden tools. It does not occupy a place of honor with my gun tools like my cans of teflon/moly and GunKote do.

March 2, 2003, 01:41 AM
More spray then grit:uhoh: that sucks.I was thinking of masking off the serial number and lighty scuff the enamel MKIII finish a bit!I was going to use the clear spray grit.But hell if it doesnt supply much grip then its not worth trying!I wonder if bed liner spray would be better?

Jim Watson
March 2, 2003, 10:05 AM
Stair tread/skateboard tape works.

March 2, 2003, 10:52 AM
Stair tread tape works , in the past they used pingpong paddle rubber. You could also stipple with a center punch or better invest in a checkering file and do a proper job. The best way is to checker front and backstrap.

March 2, 2003, 12:13 PM
I have used skateboard tape on quite a few guns, it works well and lasts a long time. It is a bit hard on your hands, but nothing like a sadistically sharp checkering job.

Harold Mayo
March 2, 2003, 12:13 PM
OH, NO! He's talking about doing a hi-power. Unless you're a professional, I wouldn't recommend checkering the front strap...and probably not even then. Stippling is better for a hi-power.

If you're willing to spend the money, Novak's or Wickmann's hand matting is the best gripping surface that I've found in terms of actually altering the frame.

Harold Mayo
March 2, 2003, 12:15 PM
Like others have said, though, skateboard tape is probably the best way to go if you don't want to alter the gun. It is, in actuality, probably the very BEST gripping surface out there...far better than stippling, checkering, etc. I just wish that someone would come up with a way to give that texture to the metal itself.

March 2, 2003, 03:57 PM
Thanks guys!Some do checker hi-powers and others say the front strap is too thin.I wont do the some as I couldnt checker a water pistol!Novaks is what I really want but im not going to pay that price.

March 2, 2003, 04:57 PM
Here's the checkering story. Checkering files come in different lines/inch, my collection includes 20, 30 amd 50 lines/in. The fewer lines/in the deeper the grooves. On a BHP 30 is better as the grooves are shallower. But the checkering doesn't have to be the full width of the frontstrap to be effective , just doing the center portion of the BHP and avoiding the thinnest part will work fine.

March 2, 2003, 11:41 PM
Another vote for skateboard tape for use on your frontstrap. I put it on my BHP and Kahr K40. Works great and looks good! I paid $5 for a sheet.

Navy joe
March 5, 2003, 08:25 PM
I'm the king of skateboard tape as it is not permanent like checkering. Besides it's more grippy I think. Were you to get really over the top you could just find a buddy that does Line-X bedliners and have him spray the whole grip.

C. H. Luke
March 6, 2003, 10:59 AM
The stuff Home Depot sells as "Ladder Tape" is by 3M:

"3M™ Safety-Walk™ Medium Duty Resilient Tread"

It's the same material as "Decal Grip" but slightly thicker &
coarser. Thick enough that edging may be skivved. It's a whopping .69
cents per foot for 1" wide. They have 2" & 4" also.
Works superbly and lasts indefinately.

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