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Thread: Smoothie grip mod on Kahr PM9

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    Default Smoothie grip mod on Kahr PM9

    Haven't seen anything like this on the internet so I thought that I would post this grip mod that I did to my Kahr PM9. I hated the "grenade" style checkering, and used some grip tape for a while over it, but finally decided to try and smooth them out permanently. I used a sander to grind down to the base and then worked my way up in paper to 1000 grit for the final sanding. My goal was to keep the original stippling and have the frontstrap and backstrap smooth as OEM plastic.

    Feels like silk in my hands now, and in the process, the "hump" on the back was ground down to more straight as well.

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    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Jax, Fla


    Excellent job! I did that to my CM9 as well, but mine looks like a 2-day razor stubble. It's comfortable and since I'm not selling mine, I don't care how it looks. But yours looks fantastic.

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    Jan 2014


    Agree, really nice job.

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    Sep 2009
    Wet & Wild Pacific NW


    Very nice work. I took a wood burner to my PM45 and just kind of melted down the grenade finish and restippled it. Not nearly as aggressive but a positive comfortable grip.!
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    Default Stipple as last resort

    Quote Originally Posted by Bawanna View Post
    Very nice work. I took a wood burner to my PM45 and just kind of melted down the grenade finish and restippled it. Not nearly as aggressive but a positive comfortable grip.

    Thanks everyone! Yeah I figured that if I could not get the smoothed part back to like an original finish, I could always stipple as last resort.
    The hard part about refinishing is to get the plastic back to the black because unless you burnish it, it will always have the white plastic ghost look.

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    Aug 2018


    Interesting idea---looks good.
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    Oct 2012


    Really nice work, HVR!

    Now, THAT is definitely something I woulda been too afraid to try, for fear of not being able to get the smooth grip to match the factory-smooth look.


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    Apr 2013


    A very nice job....................

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    Oct 2009


    Very nice work and welcome to Kahrtalk....I also didn't care for the super cheese grater grip so I did light sanding job on my PM9 grip and it really helped how it feels in the hand...I didn't go near as far as you did, just an all over smooth out to get rid of the mold seams and such...I have a tip on how to bring back the rich color and get rid of the white faded look...After I was finished sanding I sprayed the polymer grip down with a product called "Maxfilm" made by Royal Purple which is a general purpose spray penetrating lubricant then let it sit for a bit and wiped off the excess and the whitish look was gone and the black color was like original...I ordered it from O'Reilly auto parts and the part#is simply Maxfilm, great product for guns...While I was in there the other day I saw a product from Lucas called CLP gun cleaner spray so I picked up a can and it is also a fine product...I used it to clean my AR and it worked very well and didn't smell bad at all...It will also work to bring back the rich black color in polymer....Give either product a try, makes gun cleaning much less of a chore...
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    Thanks for the tip. I used some black analine leather dye to do the job. Worked like a charm.

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