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Best way to clean and keep grips tacky?


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#1 huwwill22

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Posted 07 October 2009 - 08:15 PM

Just wondering what is the best method to clean my grips and keep them nice and tacky?


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Posted 07 October 2009 - 08:16 PM

I just brush them with soap and water and they come out like new, I read somewhere where Fred Couples uses some kind of sand paper to clean his grips.

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Posted 07 October 2009 - 08:19 PM

Don't get white grips, thats how you keep them clean. :)

Some people use windex and water mixture, and bush them down real well.

Some corded grips, that might become glazed over, you can use sandpaper and roughen them back up to get the cord exposed again.

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Posted 07 October 2009 - 08:22 PM

Rubbing alcohol!

Use it on your gloves as well and they'll be like velcro.

Note I only use rubber grips... no idea if this may harm some of the poly grips out there.

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Posted 07 October 2009 - 08:38 PM

I just use water and a rag...seems to work pretty well.


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Posted 08 October 2009 - 10:04 AM

1) Don't buy golf pride grips. They wear the worst.
2) Buy Lampkin. They last the longest and stay tacky.
3) Use water and a towel...an old towel as it will most likely turn black during this process When your rubbing the grips, you will effectively be wearing some of the rubber off and renewing the grip.
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Posted 08 October 2009 - 10:16 AM

i have also used grip solvent and a rag, that seems to work also.

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Posted 08 October 2009 - 10:16 AM

Always used 409 and scub with kitchen brush.Rinse hot water for years

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Posted 08 October 2009 - 10:19 AM

For rubber grips, automotive tire cleaner.

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Posted 08 October 2009 - 10:22 AM

I've posted this before. But I will post again. This method is utilized by tour caddies and it is foolproof.

1) Hit the grips with sandpaper, gritty sandpaper.

2) Wash them with dishsoap and water

3) Dry

4) Done deal, grips that aren't too old should be good to go. If they still aren't tacky....time for new grips.


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Posted 08 October 2009 - 11:05 AM

Recently pulled some old victory's out of the drawer, dried up and slick. Thought they'd be knackered so I experimented. Little bit of HF100(awesome stuff!), rubbed and a little rub down with very fine sandpaper, and they are like new. Tacky as can be. They leave some black residue on gloves/hands, but being a pretty basic rubber compound, that's to be expected. Honestly the stickiest grip I've tried.

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Posted 08 October 2009 - 01:55 PM

I use Wesley's Bleech White tire cleaner.  Tackiness is restored and the grips cleaned.

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Posted 08 October 2009 - 02:22 PM

Just a thought for those using something other than soap and water or alcohol to clean their grips (the local pro uses windex). The chemicals in some of these other agents will be absorbed to a certain extent, and many may not be a good thing to have in constant contact with your skin.

As someone who, as a kid, used to wash his hands with lacquer thinner or acetone when I was painting, I wish I was smarter back then.

Rubbing alcohol works great and I am confident it is safe on my skin.

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Posted 08 October 2009 - 02:39 PM

Windex is s safe alternative for those who feel the need to be... safe. :)

Just be weary of using alot of solvent based items on colored grips.

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Posted 08 October 2009 - 02:45 PM

Dish soap and water... use a stiff brush on the grips (don't saturate them), then vigorously rub to dry off with a towel.

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Posted 08 October 2009 - 02:47 PM

Tire cleaner and windex are 2 things I have never thought of might give them a try.

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 08:09 AM

As for sandpaper what kind do you use? used some fine sandpaper on my tour velvet cords and gently rubbed then and then washed them. Got a little tacky by seemed to smooth down the cord? Any thoughts of what I can do to get more of a coarse cord feel back?
Coarser sandpaper?

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 10:43 AM

View PostLeft Rough, on Oct 8 2009, 02:45 PM, said:

Dish soap and water... use a stiff brush on the grips (don't saturate them), then vigorously rub to dry off with a towel.
This is my method and it works well on every grip I have tried.

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 11:09 AM

Here's another vote for warm/hot water with just a little Dawn dishwashing soap.  Grips get dirty from the oily secretions from your skin, which then attracts dust and grime.  

Scrub them with a washcloth, then rinse them well and dry them off.  

With cords, I've found this works fine as well if you follow the with a good scrub with a fine, stiff bristled brush.  They're hard to find, but I've seen brushes that are supposed to be used for clubs (yikes!) with stiff metal bristles that work well.

With the brush, you're just trying to whisk up the cord fibers from the surface of the grip again.  Sanding just kind of smooths everything down.  Then rinse and dry one more time.

I've never actually run across a tacky rubber / compound / polymer grip.  But my idea of tacky is from the old leather grips on my grandfather's Wilson forged irons from the 70s.  Those irons would NOT move in your right hand.  The thing with leather grips is that they got better in most cases over time, but they take a lot of time to get right.  The slip on versions never suited me, and I can find the wrap on leather grips anymore, and I'm not sure if you could even find an underlisting.

You young'uns who have never put your hands on a tacky leather grip...wait, I'm sounding like an old guy.

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 12:35 PM

The sandpaper followed by soap and water method seems to be what works best for me. I've used standard tour velvets and I now use full cords and it works well for either.


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Posted 27 October 2009 - 02:03 PM

The best product I've found is Golfers Lift Off. It's great on grips and also on shoes, bags, etc. It's probably going to be tough to find though depending on where you are.
After that the soap & water route is the next best.

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 07:31 PM

Hi,

I use Ajax Spray and Wipe Orange Blossom spray (with orange citrus oil). A light spray on the grip, use a dampened laundry scrubbing brush with handle on top, then rinse under tap and towel dry.

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Gets grips clean with that tacky feel.

Cheerz :) :D :)

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Posted 23 November 2010 - 05:38 PM

Went to Golfsmith the other day and saw the shop guy vigorously cleaning the NDMC green grips of a set with a rag soaked with acetone. He said he learned it from another guy and that it works great for the NDMC grips. Makes them like new again.
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Posted 23 November 2010 - 05:52 PM

 oaklandgolfer, on 08 October 2009 - 10:04 AM, said:

1) Don't buy golf pride grips. They wear the worst.
2) Buy Lampkin. They last the longest and stay tacky.
3) Use water and a towel...an old towel as it will most likely turn black during this process When your rubbing the grips, you will effectively be wearing some of the rubber off and renewing the grip.

I use Golf Prides, and I find them to be like a lot of things, keep  them clean and they last longer. Im a dish soap and warm water guy. Dish soap is very acidic. Takes wax right off a car. Every 3 rounds or so and my grips are like new after 40 rounds.

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Posted 23 November 2010 - 05:55 PM

That is why I would never get work done at Golfsmith.  Acetone, if I saw a guy rubbing my grips with Acetone, I would make him eat the rag!  Your not even supposed to have that stuff in contact with your skin.  Rubber will soak up whatever chemicals you apply to them.  Even if you try to wash them off small amounts will remain.  If you cant get them clean with soap, scrub brush, and hot water, get new grips!


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Posted 23 November 2010 - 05:59 PM

 smoothie4896, on 23 November 2010 - 05:55 PM, said:

That is why I would never get work done at Golfsmith.  Acetone, if I saw a guy rubbing my grips with Acetone, I would make him eat the rag!  Your not even supposed to have that stuff in contact with your skin.  Rubber will soak up whatever chemicals you apply to them.  Even if you try to wash them off small amounts will remain.  If you cant get them clean with soap, scrub brush, and hot water, get new grips!

I figured it couldn't be good. The guy didn't even have gloves on and he was cleaning all the clubs in the set with the rag.
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Posted 23 November 2010 - 07:20 PM

 RookieBlue7, on 08 October 2009 - 01:55 PM, said:

I use Wesley's Bleech White tire cleaner.  Tackiness is restored and the grips cleaned.


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Posted 23 November 2010 - 08:11 PM

I use Lava soap. It has crushed pumice in it.

http://www.lavasoap.com/

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Posted 23 November 2010 - 08:18 PM

 lobub, on 23 November 2010 - 05:59 PM, said:

 smoothie4896, on 23 November 2010 - 05:55 PM, said:

That is why I would never get work done at Golfsmith.  Acetone, if I saw a guy rubbing my grips with Acetone, I would make him eat the rag!  Your not even supposed to have that stuff in contact with your skin.  Rubber will soak up whatever chemicals you apply to them.  Even if you try to wash them off small amounts will remain.  If you cant get them clean with soap, scrub brush, and hot water, get new grips!

I figured it couldn't be good. The guy didn't even have gloves on and he was cleaning all the clubs in the set with the rag.
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Posted 23 November 2010 - 08:40 PM

Be careful about using any standards that someone claims apply to all grips.  For example, for most winn grips they tell you to use rubbing alcohol and a soft rag.  Probably due to the chemical makeup of the grip.  Other grips such as rubber or cord, you probably can use sandpaper, soap and water, etc.  I think the grip supplier's website is the best place to check versus any magical remedies.


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