The first thing I do is take some rough sandpaper and sand over the factory checkering , then i take my Dremel and round off the trigger gaurd , then i use a wood burner and just GENTLY press it to the plastic if you press to hard you will mess up your frame be careful , after i stipple all surfaces i want i take fine sandpaper and go over all stippled surfaces to get sharp edges that will be abrasive to the skin .
Pretty cool, nice work! Yea, I've kinda got the same mentality about stippling, not that I plan on selling my XD but mainly for myself. If I ever get tired of a certain grip (currently A-Grip) I can always remove and use something else, so I leave the stippling for others. Awesome work though!
the way i started was with grip tape , hogue grips , etc but i kept having to replace them and as you say you would only want to do this on a gun you are gong to keep . never have to worry about it getting worn out and coming unstuck tho . also if you do decide to do the modification try on an old mag or baseplate first and see how /if you will like the result .
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