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Gonna join the cool kids and regrip with air. Snagged a Black and Decker ASI300 off the bay. It looks like it'll do grips nicely and any other lil jobs. Like that it can use a regular outlet or the cigarette outlet.

Question, instead of getting messy and removing old tape. Could I just add a layer of painters tape and go from there?

 

Tazz

I am assuming you are going to cut off the grip. If you use a hair dryer and heat the tape up it will peel right off the shaft. Leaving a clean slate to start with. That being said, if the tape is in good shape you could just blow the grip right on it. I like to take the tape off and start clean. I've only done a couple with air, but I do find it very simple to do, especially if you have done your own grips before.

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Gonna join the cool kids and regrip with air. Snagged a Black and Decker ASI300 off the bay. It looks like it'll do grips nicely and any other lil jobs. Like that it can use a regular outlet or the cigarette outlet.

Question, instead of getting messy and removing old tape. Could I just add a layer of painters tape and go from there?

 

Tazz

I prefer to start clean, but that's just me.  I put 4 wraps under my lead hand and two under my trail hand.  I know it's a pain to clean the old tape off, but I think it's better in the long run.  Once, I put the grip on over the old tape and it stuck to the grip so blowing it off later was problematic.  Goes on and off nicely with clean painter's tape.

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I just did my driver and 3 wood yesterday...I took the old tape off, which came off with no problems at all. I don't use tape when putting the new ones on my graphite shafts.

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Anyone having trouble blowing off GP New Decade Multi Compound grips? I could not get one to come off yesterday without tearing it up. 

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Anyone having trouble blowing off GP New Decade Multi Compound grips? I could not get one to come off yesterday without tearing it up. 

Were they blown on?  If not, you will have to use solvent and take your time.  I liked those grips, but they wore out quickly for me, so I wasn't interested is saving them anyway.

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Were they blown on?  If not, you will have to use solvent and take your time.  I liked those grips, but they wore out quickly for me, so I wasn't interested is saving them anyway.

They were not blown on. I'd like to save them if possible because all 8 are basically new. 

Thanks for the solvent tip! I'll look up that method on youtube.

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They were not blown on. I'd like to save them if possible because all 8 are basically new. 

Thanks for the solvent tip! I'll look up that method on youtube.

Poke a hole in the tape covering the hole under the grip end; Insert grip solvent; make a good seal with the air gun and use short bursts with low pressure.  If you have a hypodermic needle, you can inject solvent into the grip.

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Poke a hole in the tape covering the hole under the grip end; Insert grip solvent; make a good seal with the air gun and use short bursts with low pressure.  If you have a hypodermic needle, you can inject solvent into the grip.

Ok that sounds easy enough. I'll give it shot. Thanks Kenny!

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Were they blown on?  If not, you will have to use solvent and take your time.  I liked those grips, but they wore out quickly for me, so I wasn't interested is saving them anyway.

I have those on my clubs now. I'm replacing them with Pure Grips for the reason you listed. They just didn't hold up very well for me. other than that, I liked them.

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This past week I setup my new gripping station and thought I'd share a few pics. I purchased my setup from Maltby. I also got a new compressor.

Wednesday evening I put everything to the test and regripped all my clubs using GP CP2 grips. The Maltby setup was a pleasure to use and made the process simple. I didn't use my compressor much except on two clubs. I had a $hitty connection** setup using the supplied quik-connect couplings and hose. So, I just installed my grips the old standard way using solvent and sliding on the grips by hand. No air. As you can see in my pictures the Maltby vise clamps into my existing bench vise. The Maltby device has a single lever-action to clamp the shafts. It's fully adjustable to set just the right amount of pressure to the shaft whether they be steel or graphite. My setup has tape holders for double-sided and build up tape. I only used the tape dispenser on two clubs as I left the existing tape on the shafts for all the other clubs. But, the tape dispenser was handy. My setup also came with a plastic solvent catch pan and a length of clear tubing to recapture the solvent into a jug. The Maltby grip station I purchased also came with an attachable club face alignment device that I don't particularly care for at this time. The idea behind this to help align the clubface/head squarely thereby insuring your grip is also aligned properly. I didn't think it worked as intended or perhaps I just don't "get it". Honestly, it's not necessary IMO. All told I'm pleased with my setup and the quality of the Maltby grip station. It's easy to setup, not expensive, and makes regripping a breeze.

 

** the way I connected the hose to the nozzle with the supplied quik-connect coupling was a bust. Each time it seemed I was ready to put the air to the grip my hand would cause the quik-connect to decouple. Just yesterday I purchased a new hose with 1/4" screw in connections. Now I've screwed the hose directly into the nozzle. Perfect.

 

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So there is no slipping if the grip is installed over masking tape? It seems like the grip would take more of a "bite" on a clean steel shaft?

There isn't, because the Inner Diameter of the grip is slightly smaller than the OD of the shaft. Your compressed air actually expands the grip diameter enough to blow it on. The more layers of tape you use to build up obv the harder that gets. The old way requires solvent because we can't force the grip over the shaft by hand without a lubricant and requires tape so that the solvent has somewhere to dissipate. If it were just solvent on steel the grip would slide right back off. If you change a lot of grips, and don't build up a ton, and don't use a lot of 2 piece grips ie Winn (those blow up more easily) the compressor is def the way to go.
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Plaid-that set up is legit.

 

 

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Thanks for the kind comments. It's a good setup I think. I can get a payout on it in about 10 years as opposed to paying a shop to put them on for me. :unsure:

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Ok that sounds easy enough. I'll give it shot. Thanks Kenny!

GW's has a grip needle that works great, takes 10 seconds to remove an old grip if you want to save it, just need to get a bubble going, it'll walk the rest of the way up the grip. Just wrap a rag around the bottom (label end), the solvent will want to spray out when it breaks the seal.

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I use my compressor for all of my gripping. Just the regular little blow nozzle that the tip will fit in the hole alright with. Short little bursts and hold my hand around the grip to guide it on or off.  If you spray a little grip spray in the grip hole first, a lot of times you can then add the air to remove and reuse grips if you need to. Especially if you have just installed a new grip and a couple weeks later want to change the shaft.  Just be sure to take the good grip off of the old shaft prior to removal of the head, otherwise the air just shoots right out the shaft tip and won't build pressure under the grip.

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Add on question...using air to install some grips on my set, switched them around several times before using a grip needle, etc. when I was tinkering with swing weight. If there is needle holes in the grip already (like 5 or 6) will the install with air work? or just blow a hole through the existing needle holes in the grip...question just kind of popped into my head..sorry

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Add on question...using air to install some grips on my set, switched them around several times before using a grip needle, etc. when I was tinkering with swing weight. If there is needle holes in the grip already (like 5 or 6) will the install with air work? or just blow a hole through the existing needle holes in the grip...question just kind of popped into my head..sorry

Do you mean there are holes poked in the sides of the grip? I would think trying to go back through them with air could tear those open pretty good. Just go through the opening in the butt end with the compressor need and you should be fine
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Add on question...using air to install some grips on my set, switched them around several times before using a grip needle, etc. when I was tinkering with swing weight. If there is needle holes in the grip already (like 5 or 6) will the install with air work? or just blow a hole through the existing needle holes in the grip...question just kind of popped into my head..sorry

 

Biggest issue I've had with grips that come off with an injector is that there is sometimes adhesive and tape residue in them that will get blown all over when you reinstall.  Usually pretty simple to clean up with some solvent, but a PITA still.  

 

I love air for the installation of slip on leather grips.  I've transferred multiple sets of Gripmasters between sets, especially irons.  They, along with drivers, don't seem to have a long life in the bag.

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Biggest issue I've had with grips that come off with an injector is that there is sometimes adhesive and tape residue in them that will get blown all over when you reinstall.  Usually pretty simple to clean up with some solvent, but a PITA still.  

 

I love air for the installation of slip on leather grips.  I've transferred multiple sets of Gripmasters between sets, especially irons.  They, along with drivers, don't seem to have a long life in the bag.

I've been staring at your avatar for a while, thinking.... It/he looks so familiar. Then, it dawned on me! I had a good laugh! Nice!

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