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Has anyone tried to rough up the surface of their grips to make them tacky again?  or what is a time tested solution - besides replacing them of course.

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30 minutes ago, Maverick said:

Has anyone tried to rough up the surface of their grips to make them tacky again?  or what is a time tested solution - besides replacing them of course.

I use rubbing alcohol (isopropyl) that you can get at a drug store with a soft scrub sponge. The alcohol removes grime and the soft scrub roughs the surface up a bit. After scrubbing, I use a towel to remove the excess alcohol and let the grips dry. There does come a point where the grips are too far worn for this to help, but it does prolong the life.

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12 minutes ago, jmanbooyaa said:

May I ask why you would want to do this and not replace them?

It seems obvious doesn’t it? $, time, etc. 

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2 hours ago, jmanbooyaa said:

May I ask why you would want to do this and not replace them? And no I have not tried to. Just curious. 

Cost and time.  

2 hours ago, boogielicious said:

I use rubbing alcohol (isopropyl) that you can get at a drug store with a soft scrub sponge. The alcohol removes grime and the soft scrub roughs the surface up a bit. After scrubbing, I use a towel to remove the excess alcohol and let the grips dry. There does come a point where the grips are too far worn for this to help, but it does prolong the life.

THanks..have to give it a try..just trying to get back into my set without investing $$ for the time being..TY!

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9 minutes ago, Maverick said:

Cost and time.  

THanks..have to give it a try..just trying to get back into my set without investing $$ for the time being..TY!

Let us know how it goes. 

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23 minutes ago, Maverick said:

Cost and time.  

THanks..have to give it a try..just trying to get back into my set without investing $$ for the time being..TY!

As @boogielicious said…then put a thin coat of honey and let it dry. Tacky and sweeeeet!

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I remember using "Easy Liquid Sander" (available in the paint section at Home Depot) to re-vitalize some grips years ago. Haven't used it recently on any of the newer compounds, but you may want to experiment with it. Made those old smooth rubber grips nice and tacky. Jet wet a rag with this stuff, rub the grips and let dry.

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9 hours ago, Maverick said:

rough up the surface of their grips

I've used a belt sander to cut the dried rubber surface.
And I've used a wire brush either by hand or a round cup brush with my small grinder.
Them wash off the grip with warm water and liquid Dawn.
Good for a month of play. 
And use a damp towel on the grip before each swing helps.

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After you wash them, especially if it's a cord grip you can run some coarse grit sandpaper over it. But you're really just buying yourself a bit of time, it doesn't last long. 

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Go to the automotive section of a store or Autozone, looks for “Westleys Bleach White”…. It’s a whitewall tire cleaner.

Spray it on your grips, wait 30 seconds and rub it hard with a towel.  They will be like new.  I use it and it’s unbelievable 

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