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Let me start out by saying that I am not a club builder. I have however re gripped around 100 clubs with zero issues. I have always used “grip solvent”. I re gripped a putter this winter and used mineral spirits as i was out of “solvent”, and they are the “same thing”. I used the same roll of tape as always. Today while putting i noticed my grip had twisted. I was shocked that i was able to twist it back. Out of curiosity, i pulled the grip all the way off in about 5 minutes of twisting 🤯. The tape underneath was still gooey. Its been on for 2 months. Clubs have been in my conditioned garage all winter. I regripped a driver that same day, with the same tape, but used the last of my “grip solvent” on that one. Checked today, and its on super tight as youd expect. Any insight from any of you?

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Mineral spirits does not evaporate like grip solvent so it stays gooey for months and months.  If you run out of solvent, use a small amount of gas.

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This is interesting. After running out of grip solvent many years ago I read that paint thinner and mineral spirits are good substitutes. Other than the odor being a downside the information I read thru different golf sites states that it only takes about 3 hours to totally evaporate / dry.  I have been using Jasco paint thinner for over 10 years without any issues. I just checked the can I finished and the ingredients were 100% mineral spirits. When I regrip clubs I usually do it in the evening and they are fine for play the next morning. 

If it was an issue I would have thought it would have shown up by now. I haven't had a problem but now you have me wondering! 

 

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3 hours ago, Shapotomous said:

Mineral spirits does not evaporate like grip solvent so it stays gooey for months and months.  If you run out of solvent, use a small amount of gas.

Its interesting because “Grip Solevent” is mineral spirits and lots of people on the internet talk about using mineral spirts.

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Yes I use mineral spirits for regripping and the club can be played with in an hour as long as you do not use too much, I buy it by the gallon from local home improvement store.

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I've used odorless mineral spirits for about 40 years with no "twisting" or slipping issues whatsoever.

I found the label on the Golfworks product interesting in that the front said naptha (lighter fluid) and the back said mineral spirits followed by a word that might well mean "hey, dummy, this is the naptha version of mineral spirits...".

I've used naptha as lighter fluid for 50 years as well, generics for the win!

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13 minutes ago, Bobbers said:

 

I've used naptha as lighter fluid for 50 years as well, generics for the win!

It's also the best thing I've found for removing sticker goo from guitars. What a versatile liquid. 

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1 hour ago, Riverboat said:

It's also the best thing I've found for removing sticker goo from guitars. What a versatile liquid. 

And I use acetone on cheesecloth to "polish" ferrules if I have to turn them down to get the diameter I need.  That takes practice to perfect.

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7 hours ago, Shapotomous said:

Mineral spirits does not evaporate like grip solvent so it stays gooey for months and months.  If you run out of solvent, use a small amount of gas.

The pro at my first golf course always used gas to install grips...it was always available.  I made sure I wasn't anywhere near him when he did it.  

I used Golfworks grip solvent for many years; still have 1/2qt left that hasn't been used in 3-4 years since I started putting grips on with my air compressor.  I'll never go back to the mess.

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18 minutes ago, Kenny B said:

The pro at my first golf course always used gas to install grips...it was always available.  I made sure I wasn't anywhere near him when he did it.  

I used Golfworks grip solvent for many years; still have 1/2qt left that hasn't been used in 3-4 years since I started putting grips on with my air compressor.  I'll never go back to the mess.

I prefer using the air compressor method as well, at least for my own clubs.

For customers, I use Brampton solvent because its probably the least toxic grip solvent choice. 

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Maybe there are different compositions of mineral spirits?  I use it for cleaning paint brushes often and can have an inch or so in an open jar for months and it does not evaporate.  I did try using it many years ago on a couple grips and they stayed in twisty mode for a few days before I gave up and redid them with gas.  

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Well im stumped. Picked up some new “solvent” yesterday. Re gripped club. 14 hours later the grip slid right off with zero effort. 🤯. I have used the same components near 100 times and never had a single grip do this. They have always stuck super tight. I did a wedge the same time as i did the first grip that came off, the wedge grip is on tight. Its even a different putter grip this go around and still came off. Tape stays on shaft but grips slides off. Im gonna try again when i get home with as little solvent as possible and see if that does it. If that doesnt work i guess ill try new tape. The roll ive been using has been kept inside a conditioned space and is 2 years old. Cant believe it would be bad…….

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I've used mineral spirits and lighter fluid for 20 years with no issues. Grips never come off or twist once their on. Used a number of different brands too. The only thing I ever noticed was when I put the Super Stroke grip on my putter. I had to use considerably more spirits than usual.

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11 hours ago, DiscipleofPenick said:

I've used mineral spirits and lighter fluid for 20 years with no issues. Grips never come off or twist once their on. Used a number of different brands too. The only thing I ever noticed was when I put the Super Stroke grip on my putter. I had to use considerably more spirits than usual.

Yeah, there's a lot less flexibility around the core of the oversize putter grips than a regular club grip so the tape and the grip's internal surface both benefit from being very well lubricated with whatever the solvent of choice happens to be.

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Well i stopped and grabbed a new roll of tape on my way home. Re gripped it, for the 3rd time, with new tape. 🤞 The new tape doesnt really feel any different but what do i know. Will see if its stuck on there tomorrow AM.

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Alright… WHAT THE *%!*%#!!!!!!!! New tape, new solvent, 15 hours at 70°, and the grip slides right off. Its like the solvent doesnt evaporate/dry. I used barely any. Coated inside of grip and thats it.

Im just gonna hockey tape it. Screw this 🤣

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Sounds like a poor fit.

What's the shaft diameter?  What grip?  What's the grip's inside diameter?

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1 hour ago, Kenny B said:

Sounds like a poor fit.

What's the shaft diameter?  What grip?  What's the grip's inside diameter?

Its the same grip i had on there last year that was stuck on ridiculously tight. I changed it on a whim to a pistol and then decided to go back. The pistol, that was the first one that slid off, is the factory grip for this putter.

after 15 hours of “cure” time, when the grip slides off, the tape is still gooey, not even a little tacky.

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Thought about this all day. Checked a wedge that i gripped recently when i got home. No matter how hard i try i cant get it to spin. Its the same tape as what i used with the ones in question and a different “grip solvent, but still a solvent and not something generic. So i guess the real variable is the shaft/grip diameter as @Kenny B brought up. The factory grip that i put BACK on, was the first to twist after about 7 weeks. When i removed it originally (i took it off on purpose a year ago for a different grip)  i didnt notice if they had put multiple tape layers on it or something. The Super Stroke that ive had issues with now, i had built up with tape on part of it due to length of grip and shaft taper. Im wondering if i had put more layers on last time. So tonight i put as much tape as i could fit under the grip and used as little grip solvent as possible. If this doesnt work, im gonna  try isopropyl alchohol or lighter fluid. 

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Thought about this all day. Checked a wedge that i gripped recently when i got home. No matter how hard i try i cant get it to spin. Its the same tape as what i used with the ones in question and a different “grip solvent, but still a solvent and not something generic. So i guess the real variable is the shaft/grip diameter as @Kenny B brought up. The factory grip that i put BACK on, was the first to twist after about 7 weeks. When i removed it originally (i took it off on purpose a year ago for a different grip)  i didnt notice if they had put multiple tape layers on it or something. The Super Stroke that ive had issues with now, i had built up with tape on part of it due to length of grip and shaft taper. Im wondering if i had put more layers on last time. So tonight i put as much tape as i could fit under the grip and used as little grip solvent as possible. If this doesnt work, im gonna  try isopropyl alchohol or lighter fluid. 

Worth a shot.  Most putter grips are .580 ID, I assume that's so they fit very snug.  You will need enough solvent to activate the grip tape.

I once tried the water-activated grip tape from Golfworks; it's crap, and the only install that slipped on me.

All this is why I went to installing grips with an air compressor; easy on, easy off and they have never slipped.  Putter grips are a little trickier, especially if they have a collar but they can be done.

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