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Maverick831
04-28-2010, 11:04 PM
I've seen these pictures of Travis with modified XTM rail panels


http://www.flickr.com/photos/49805656@N08/4562690372/

Then I came across valkyrietactical.com's stippling service

http://www.flickr.com/photos/49805656@N08/4562696380/

Anyone care to do a right up or explain how this is done?

I'm just curious, thanks in advanced. :)

pacrimguru
04-28-2010, 11:07 PM
basically, it's a soldering iron, inhalation of toxic burnt plastic, and your time.

till44
04-29-2010, 6:35 AM
It is very easy. If you take the plunge I'd recommend finding a rail panel or something to experiment with. You can get different results depending on the pressure, angle, and soldering tip you use. Additionaly you can change up the look and texture depending on whether you do a million individual dimples or do quick "waves" where the soldering iron barely leaves the item your stipling.

I did some pretty aggressive stipling on my rail panels and mags, just using a bit more pressure and more individual dimples with a direct point.
http://i836.photobucket.com/albums/zz287/jasontillberg/039.jpg
http://i836.photobucket.com/albums/zz287/jasontillberg/043.jpg
http://i836.photobucket.com/albums/zz287/jasontillberg/041.jpg
My grips (pistol and AFG) I did much milder, used less pressure, and held the soldering tip at an angle.
http://i836.photobucket.com/albums/zz287/jasontillberg/045.jpg
http://i836.photobucket.com/albums/zz287/jasontillberg/047.jpg
http://i836.photobucket.com/albums/zz287/jasontillberg/053.jpg

Poymer (mag, grips) is much easier to do than the more rubbery stuff (some rail covers). If you have carpal tunnel or a lack of patience, this is not a fun mod to do yourself and I'd have someone else do it for you. It does take time and after doing nealy 20 mags my hand was really cramping up.

Maverick831
04-30-2010, 11:01 PM
Cool thanks guys. I'm going to have to try this out.