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What do you use??
I live in Hawaii so, getting chemicals shipped is a pain and takes forever. I have been using mineral spirits as grip solvent but, when I try to remove grips that I have done this to, the tape is usually fused to the inside. This was never a problem when I lived on the mainland and used regular Golf Works grip solvent. My question is what do you uses to put on grips and are you able to remove them afterwards? I know I can just cut them and put a new one on but, I tinker quite a bit and hate to cut new grips. Thanks
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I use regular old grip solvent (Golfsmith because I have a local store).

 

Save the grip? Not me...for the $1 it isn't worth my time (and I don't usually buy the expensive grips--I actually like plain rubber grips, not all the kooky compound multi-cord, etc.)

 

Maybe if I spent $5 a grip I'd want to save them, but....

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You can use an aircompressor to both take them on and put them off:

 

Installation and removal of golf grips with a compressor.

 

Required tools: compressor with output of 70-90 PSI, blow gun with tapered nozzle used for inflatables, a 10" section of "shaft tube" (those silly things that "keep your clubs organized" in your bag) slide into a section of high pressure hose 1 3/4" O.D. to be referred to as "protector" (warm the section of high pressure hose to facilitate sliding in the "shaft tube").

 

To install grip: clamp shaft in vise, apply 8" section of masking tape to shaft butt, dip mouth of grip in soapy water to depth of 1/4 to 1/2 ", start mouth of grip onto shaft in usual way, put tapered nozzle into vent hole of grip, hold grip near mouth, apply burst of air while pushing grip onto shaft. Grip slides on. Takes a little practice to learn how long a burst of air to give it. Air goes down inside of shaft, tries to escape out of the grip, grip expands and slides on. Remove air gun from vent hole while holding grip fully down the shaft. To align grip apply short burst of air while rotating grip to desired alignment. Start it right and you can skip alignment! This method is the easiest for installing grips on oversize butt Taylor Made Bubble shafts. No special tools needed for installation This is all done faster than most can read the how to explanation!

 

To remove grip: Place "protector" IMPORTANT over grip, punch through tape behind the vent hole (my tool is a piece of pegboard hook pressed into a hole part way through a golf ball and sharpened to a point on a belt sander), if grip tape was used to install grip shoot some solvent (mineral spirits) into the vent hole, put airgun nozzle into vent hole, apply long burst of air, grip will expand in the "protector" as air bubble travels down the shaft and tries to escape from the mouth of the grip and "pop" out the mouth (place a rag over shaft to catch the solvent (if used) spray. If air doesn't reach mouth of grip, remove airgun and reapply solvent. Once "popped" you can remove the "protector" apply bursts of air while twisting and gently pulling the grip off the shaft. Twist while applying air! You will know where the twisting is needed (if not needed, grip will just slide off shaft on cushion or air). Process is "testy" on thin grips like Callaway OEM, Tour Velvet, and! dried out corded (cut these off). All others can be saved 95% or more of the time as your skill at this method improves. If grips were installed by using MASKING TAPE as explained above you can easily save Winn grips. Winn grips on regular double stick have a save rate of approx. 70%.

 

For those who don't own a compressor, Harbor Freight usually has one on sale for $79.99-$99.99, blow gun and hose (coiled is easiest to use) will add about $20.

With time savings, tape and solvent savings and ability to save and reinstall grips this is a very worthwhile investment! Get an oil lubricated compressor which will last many, many years! They run less and are quieter besides.

 

Arnie

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Hi,

 

There is some grip tape that on the market that is water activated, but I am not sure if it is as good as the regular solvent activated grip tape. Also the golf shop that i previously worked for used gasoline because it would dry so fast, obviously money was not a concern of theirs, but if you have some laying around in the garage it is worth a try, hopefully this helps.

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I go right down to Walmart and spend $1.50 on odorless, colorless mineral spirits...

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My son and I have always used paint thinner or mineral spirits, same thing. We save all grips worth saving with little or no trouble, we use a wire grip remover from Golfsmith, and both of us have used a coat hanger too. I've heard the water activated tape is very hard to get off if you ever regrip.

 

As far as having a hard time getting the tape off the grip, heat with hairdryer or heatgun and then the tape should strip off fairly easy. Don't get the shaft too hot if you are stripping tape from graphite shaft. Remember, removing grips and installing grips isn't rocket science, most out there can do it. :idhitit:

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I use odorless mineral spirits, Home Depot.

 

I too remove most all my grips.

 

Things I've learned, tough to pull (Winn, Velvets, soft plyable grips), Easy (Cords, Tour wrap, firmer grips)

 

Another suggestion, the double sided tape from Golfworks makes removal easier in many ways, both tape and grips.

 

The tape I got from Mitchell, frankly sucks. They make pulling grips brutal and tape removal too hard.

 

Which reminds me, Titleist uses the worst tape in the world, you can't get the darn stuff off , I've resorted to a torch several times with that junk, be aware.

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WD40. Been using it for 10 years ever since I ran out of solvent one time, and was looking around the garage for something that would get a grip on quick. Works great. Don't ever try hairspray, learned that the hard way when I ran out of WD40 one time.

 

All you need is something to make the tape slippery to go on.

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Gas is always good and cheap for $2.99/gallon. Just don't smoke when using it :cheesy:

 

Then a guy has to remember not to have sex before regripping your golf clubs. :fool:

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That is how I remove all my grips. With the mineral spirits, they won't come back off. The grips I use are 6.00 each so, I hate to cut them. Are there any alternatives to grip solvent other than mineral spirits? I can't buy grip solvent here.

I think you are confused. When you use 2-way tape, the solvent (I don't care what you use) evaporates and all you have left is the tape and the grip. The adhesive is what prevents that grip from being removed until you inject or infuse some sort of solvent back in there to liquefy the adhesive. You just can't expect the grip to come off any other way. Even if you use compressed air to pump them off, you still need to use a small amount of some sort of liquid to help break the adhesion.

 

I'm sure that they sell paint products in Hawaii. Any paint thinner that isn't "Eco-Friendly" will suffice unless you have bought the water based tape (which most here will say is crapolla). And IF you live in Hawaii, why do you list Biloxi MS as your location? I smell a conspiracy here. ;)

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I use mineral spirits to install grips & Acetone to remove them, no issues in 15 years.

Why in gods name would you use acetone to pump off a grip? Not only really dangerous to anything plastic or not natural rubber (which many modern grips aren't) it is crazy flammable when compared to mineral spirits or thinner.

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