Edited by Crazie.eddie, 14 August 2009 - 01:04 AM.
Grip removal using air compressor..Star Grip, Grip Mate, Grip Blaster, or just regular nozzle?
Posted 13 August 2009 - 07:22 AM
Posted 13 August 2009 - 07:37 AM
Posted 14 August 2009 - 03:15 PM
Posted 14 August 2009 - 10:16 PM
Anyone know where to get a 3/16" needle?
Posted 15 August 2009 - 02:59 PM
I use 35psi for regular grips, and 70 for Winns.
Posted 15 August 2009 - 08:30 PM
No matter how hard I pressed up against the butt end of the grip with the hole, air would ALWAYS escape. I went to Menards (Large Home Improvement store) and was looking for 3/16" needles. Same type of needles that you inflate basketballs, volleyballs, etc., but larger (3/16"), which is about the width of a tee. I couldn't find it, but found a kit, which included a Tapered Inflator Nozzle by Tool Shop at Menards ($18 USD), which looks like this..
It fit perfectly on the blowgun....
I had to force it a little, to get the first notch on there at the butt end of the grip. After some quick presses of the blow gun, air started going through the grip. I was afraid at first when a large bubble formed at the middle of the grip, but all I had to do was just grip that area with my hand and gave a few more presses of the blow gun. Eventually, the air spread throughout the grip and I was able to remove it. The grip didn't come out as easily as some of those videos I've seen. It took some effort, but is possible. And without exploding the grip and having rubber projectiles all over the place. Inserting the grip also took some effort, but not much. I was able to align it as well.
I still plan to use grip tape. I like the extra width the tape adds. But at least now, I can interchange grips allot easier and faster. Too bad, I already order the Grip Mate. I guess that will go immediately to Ebay.
Posted 16 August 2009 - 12:15 AM
Posted 16 August 2009 - 01:21 AM
Posted 16 August 2009 - 10:18 AM
The part you found is exactly what you need. Many ( most? ) blowguns will come with a selection of nozzles like the one you bought, since as you noticed, the gun is almost useless without a nozzle. Sounds like your gun was a little on the cheap side, if it didn't include those, but it'll work now.
The gun with a needle nozzle and a few couplers came with the air compressor. I didn't know what to look for in air compressors. I was a bit hesitant to spend more than $100 on an air compressor mainly used for grip removal. I chose a small PowerMate 3 gallon compressor at Menards (about $120 USD), which looks like this...
I seems to suit the job well and it's portable enough to carry around.