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Old 09-09-2016, 04:32 PM
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What do you think?

When I bought my Sig Sauer 1911T-45-RTSS it came with those greenish black grips....I think they look terrible.

I thought about buying new black grips and then thought why not make these look better??

So I got out my india ink from my graphic art days, brushed it on and let it soak in and dry.

Wiped them down and put on a coat of satin polyurethane.

I like the way the came out. What do you think?

Old grips:





New grips:

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Old 09-09-2016, 05:46 PM
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I think you found a good use for the ink.
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Old 09-09-2016, 06:22 PM
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Old 09-09-2016, 07:39 PM
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Looks good.

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Old 09-10-2016, 01:50 AM
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What is the base material of the grips and do you consider this treatment permanent?
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Old 09-10-2016, 05:50 AM
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turned out well!
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Old 09-10-2016, 06:51 AM
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How does they stand up to a sweaty day?

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Old 09-10-2016, 07:44 AM
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Looks good. Well done and good job finding a creative solution.
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Old 09-10-2016, 10:08 AM
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How does they stand up to a sweaty day?

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I don't know Bob...I have to wait for a hot day in Missouri.....oh it's here....they do fine.lol
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Old 09-10-2016, 10:10 AM
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What is the base material of the grips and do you consider this treatment permanent?
The are laminated wood grips I think? The ink soaked in well and wiped off the excess. The poly urethane should last a long time.

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Old 09-10-2016, 07:53 PM
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Good thinking. I'll tell my retired art teacher wife about it in a few minutes, and I know she'll appreciate the creativity.
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Old 09-11-2016, 06:10 AM
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I'm fascinated by the use of india ink at the gun bench. My mind is reaching for something to try it on.
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Old 09-11-2016, 01:49 PM
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neorebel,

I think that is a great improvement!! They look far better than before.

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Old 09-11-2016, 02:57 PM
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I'm fascinated by the use of india ink at the gun bench. My mind is reaching for something to try it on.
I do tend to think outside of the box.


•Waterproof, free-flowing, non-clogging
•Ideal for drawing, cartooning, lettering, calligraphy, scratchboards, airbrushing, and much more•Contains 100% carbon black pigment-no dyes, superior lightfastness

As you can see it says, "much more" it must mean 1911 grips...lol
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Old 09-12-2016, 12:29 AM
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50 years ago and change, I had a bottle or several of India ink left from School. I kept it for years thinking I might need it. It dryed up, I tossed it. This justifies us old guys keeping stuff that we don't use or can't find! Anyone know where to find a Five and Dime, I might need a bottle of ink. Thanks for sharing, and as we long ago told writers in the days of paper....that's good ink.

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Old 09-12-2016, 05:54 PM
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50 years ago and change, I had a bottle or several of India ink left from School. I kept it for years thinking I might need it. It dryed up, I tossed it. This justifies us old guys keeping stuff that we don't use or can't find! Anyone know where to find a Five and Dime, I might need a bottle of ink. Thanks for sharing, and as we long ago told writers in the days of paper....that's good ink.
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Old 09-12-2016, 09:33 PM
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The ink really looks great. I also have some around here and might have to give it a try. I would consider it permanent since you put urethane on top of it. Over time, you'll probably need to re-coat the urethane but you did a great job on them.


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Old 09-12-2016, 10:21 PM
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[QUOTE=Tootie;8100833]The ink really looks great. I also have some around here and might have to give it a try. I would consider it permanent since you put urethane on top of it. Over time, you'll probably need to re-coat the urethane but you did a great job on them.

India ink is pretty permanent stuff. I have done a lot of artwork with it when I was on Active Duty in the Navy as an Illustrator Draftsman.

It won't smear when dry.

If and that's a big if, the clear coat wears off it will be a long time. lol...I hope I live that long....lol
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