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Old 07-11-2015, 5:36 PM
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Default For those who have stippled their glocks: defined boarders

Hey everyone, I'm going to take a chance and stipple my glock 23 (bought for $375 here in the market place) I have been doing my homework and have a gameplan but, what still eludes me is how they get those perfect definded boarders? Any ideas?

Here is an example:

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definded boarders!
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Old 07-11-2015, 5:38 PM
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Not sure maybe they use tape or some kind of barrier similar
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Just be careful stippling where the thumb grove is...its a lot thinner there and you can compromise the integrity of the pistol and easily punch through. Don't ask me how I know that
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Old 07-11-2015, 5:40 PM
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Old 07-11-2015, 5:43 PM
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Default For those who have stippled their glocks: defined boarders

Make a light incision where you want your borders to be at, then stipple.
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Old 07-11-2015, 6:06 PM
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Tbc, you thinking a hot point? Or i saw a wood burning kit that had a knife attachment that was pretty cool. I'm sure if I triple taped the lines and used a metal straight edge I could get it. I need some practice first...
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Old 07-11-2015, 6:21 PM
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Default For those who have stippled their glocks: defined boarders

I have never stippled a gun before but I have done some artwork on woods. I would not use any hot point to score the borders. The melting of the plastic would not yield to a clean line. For wood, I clamp a straight edge and use a sharp chisel and repeatedly and lightly score the lines until the depth of the line is noticeable. This is just my very humble opinion. Please take extra precaution.

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If you're really worried about aesthetics, just send it out to be done. If you don't care if it looks rough, then do it yourself.
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Why do you want to ruin a good Glock even if it was cheap?
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Good looking gun 0P
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If you're really worried about aesthetics, just send it out to be done. If you don't care if it looks rough, then do it yourself.
^^^ my opinion as well. if OP is wanting to obtain perfection with borders, it's most likely best to have a professional job done.
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^^^ my opinion as well. if OP is wanting to obtain perfection with borders, it's most likely best to have a professional job done.
Or buy a grip decal.
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Old 07-12-2015, 9:27 AM
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Buy some kydex sheets to practice upon
Or magpull mags

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Or buy a grip decal.
Yep. Talon grips & be done.
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Skateboard tape works great, comes in a large sheet (probably get 100 or more outta the sheet) that doesn't cost a lot. I use it on my revolvers all the time. When it starts to wear thin, I have a template from the first one, I just make another.

Actually lasts for a long time, maybe 30+ range visits. Takes just a couple of minutes to make a new one and stick it on the stocks. I found that too much on the sides doesn't work well, so I simply run my pattern up the center backstrap and it works extremely well.
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I've been pondering this as well OP. I was thinking a hot knife would create that edge.


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I hate skateboard tape. Sticks to your clothes. Stippling doesn't.
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^^^^ I suppose it would if your carrying, I'm not and this thread never stated.
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I've been pondering this as well OP. I was thinking a hot knife would create that edge.


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I'll tell ya what, they guard this secret well.

I can find anyplace that has a straight up opinion about how it's done.


I certainly don't care about the appearance as much as the function but if I'm going to do custom work on anything ....

Especially a firearm....

It will be done right.
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If you're really worried about aesthetics, just send it out to be done. If you don't care if it looks rough, then do it yourself.
I am not sure I would use my gun as a Guinea Pig for a first try.
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They get the defined borders by practice. Lots of practice. Honestly the products like talon grips and the like are your best bet as this is a permanent modification and will hurt resale value in the future especially if not professionally done.
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That cannot be a hot knife. Way too difficult to keep the edge the same. You do not have a great degree of control when melting. You can easily get away with using it for the stippling. That line is inscribed somehow. Too many persons doing this type of work for there not to already be an answer.
I have done enough stippling to know that you could not get that clean of a line through dremel or melting. That line has to be cut somehow by hand. No heat or grinding.
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That cannot be a hot knife. Way too difficult to keep the edge the same. You do not have a great degree of control when melting. You can easily get away with using it for the stippling. That line is inscribed somehow. Too many persons doing this type of work for there not to already be an answer.
I have done enough stippling to know that you could not get that clean of a line through dremel or melting. That line has to be cut somehow by hand. No heat or grinding.

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Default For those who have stippled their glocks: defined boarders

I tried a hot blade on an extra AR grip last night. Yes the lines were straight but they were not defined like the pro jobs.

I decided to just mask off my pattern and follow that line with the tip.

I think Matt P is right. Maybe using a Dremel to remove material and define the line would work best.


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I tried a hot blade on an extra AR grip last night. Yes the lines were straight but they were not defined like the pro jobs.

I decided to just mask off my pattern and follow that line with the tip.

I think Matt P is right. Maybe using a Dremel to remove material and define the line would work best.


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^^^ my opinion as well. if OP is wanting to obtain perfection with borders, it's most likely best to have a professional job done.
+^^^^^ as well but enjoy. The pro work on my m&p's are good enjoy. the glocks are jealous
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It takes lots of practice. I'm now doing stippling professionally for myself but I used my glock 21 while first learning and while it was very functional, ugly is an understatement. Lol.

Getting straight lines is not easy. Use tape and go slowly. I always strive to make my work look like a factory job where you wouldn't know it's done after the fact.







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I'm thinking a V shaped fine point file is the ticket I'm going to practice tonight
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Has anyone tried wood checkering tools on a poly frame?

The same tool they cut a line in a walnut stock should would on polymer - or so I would hope

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i always thought stippling straight lines was purely for antithetical reasons.

the point of stippling is to add grip where there is currently little to nothing for polymer frames. when you grip the handgun, your hand isnt straight anywhere on it. you design the stippling to fit your hands shape on the frame to maximize grip.
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I used a wood burning / soldering pen with adjustable heat settings and Dremel then sandpaper to even out all of the surfaces then used a gas soldering iron to stipple the grip. I used a pencil to mark the borders of where I didn't want to stipple. I went off of Salient photos... I made very fine pits using medium heat setting on my gas soldering iron. It took about 3 days to get it perfect in my mind. I used hand files to do the trigger guard. I bought a used Salient barrel, some meprolight tritium sights, a clip draw, upgraded to the ghost 3.5lb connector, and extended slide lock and extended slide release.

I've been thinking about sending a barrel out to get titanium nitrided in gold.

I never would have stippled a handgun but my OCD noticed a small chip in the grip probably made by the previous owner hitting it against a counter or something that I didn't notice before I bought it. I tried to fix it a little then I messed it up more so I figured what the hell and stippled part of it. I had been practicing on AR15 grips removing the A2 bump and stippling them. I liked the feel so much that I kept looking at Salient photos until I finally bit the bullet and bought the Walnut Hollow wood burning pen to finish the job properly...




Here is a photo I took during the process...

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