The Firing Line Forums

Go Back   The Firing Line Forums > The Skunkworks > The Harley Nolden Memorial Institute for Firearms Research

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old June 7, 1999, 10:41 PM   #1
Join Date: June 6, 1999
Posts: 42
I got such a quick response with my first posting I thought I'd run another topic by ya'll.

I bought a set of "compound ivory" grips. At the gun show in Louisville KY this weekend a vendor mentioned giving the "compound ivory" grips an "aged" look with tea.

I hadn't bought the grips yet and like the dork I am I didn't ask him exactly HOW to do this.

The only thing I could think to do is soak the grips in a strong tea mixture. "Kinda" working.

Anyone know more about this. I have a old S&W Model 27 (3.5, blue) at the factory being re-finished. Going to be a wall hanger and I thought aged looking ivory would (magna type) would look pretty cool on it.
TLH is offline  
Old June 8, 1999, 01:52 PM   #2
Bill Mitchell
Staff Alumnus
Join Date: October 15, 1998
Location: Roswell,GA
Posts: 433

A lot of my cowboy shooting pards have also searched for a way to "age" artificial ivory grips. Some use tea,and they also score the surface with a razor knife to simulate the grain in real ivory. I've also heard of folks using leather dye,getting a couple of different colors and mixing them to achieve the desired result. From what I've seen,using tea doesn't really give the yellowish color of real aged ivory,but a sort of rust brown.

Bill Mitchell is offline  
Old June 9, 1999, 06:42 AM   #3
Harley Nolden
Staff In Memoriam
Join Date: January 8, 1999
Location: Brunswick,GA USA
Posts: 1,884
I have used coffee. Use the left over breakfast coffee, put it in a pan, put in the grips and boil for about 4-5 min. The heat will expand any pores on the grips and allow penetration. Grips of course need to be completely submerged.

After air drying, apply an oil finish. In a pinch, shoe polish will prvide some protection.


[This message has been edited by Harley Nolden (edited June 09, 1999).]
Harley Nolden is offline  

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:09 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
This site and contents, including all posts, Copyright © 1998-2016 S.W.A.T. Magazine
Copyright Complaints: Please direct DMCA Takedown Notices to the registered agent:
Contact Us
Page generated in 0.06987 seconds with 7 queries