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Old 12-25-2017, 04:47 PM   #1
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Coating a speargun handle

I have been watching spearq8's videos on making custom handles. So I gave it a shot and I really liked it. Now I have 2 handles that are all epoxy puttied up but I haven't coated them with anything. I really want to put some type of rubber coating on them instead of epoxying sand onto them. I'm sure the sand works extremely well but I would prefer the feel of rubber. I have been thinking about rubberized truck bed coating or Overcoat Skid-no-more. Has anyone else tried anything like this? If so, what did you use and how did you like it? Or, does anyone have any other ideas?

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Old 12-25-2017, 05:29 PM   #2
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Re: Coating a speargun handle

Use the sand coat it will last longer and give a positive non slip grip.
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Old 12-25-2017, 05:45 PM   #3
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https://www.amazon.com/dp/B016C7B4I6...&pd_rd_w=AMSt5

Has anyone tried this^. Looks pretty interesting as well.
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Old 12-25-2017, 06:59 PM   #4
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Re: Coating a speargun handle

Better than sand is sugar. You epoxy-coat the handle, pour some sugar and wash it out once epoxy is dry. It gives you a very nice grip without changing the color of your handle.
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Old 12-26-2017, 12:28 PM   #5
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Re: Coating a speargun handle

3m 4200 or 5200 (5200 takes a couple o days just to tack dry) but they give the "rubbery" feeling
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Old 12-30-2017, 09:04 PM   #6
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Re: Coating a speargun handle

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I have been watching spearq8's videos on making custom handles. So I gave it a shot and I really liked it. Now I have 2 handles that are all epoxy puttied up but I haven't coated them with anything. I really want to put some type of rubber coating on them instead of epoxying sand onto them. I'm sure the sand works extremely well but I would prefer the feel of rubber. I have been thinking about rubberized truck bed coating or Overcoat Skid-no-more. Has anyone else tried anything like this? If so, what did you use and how did you like it? Or, does anyone have any other ideas?

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This works amazing well. Apply it with medical gloves and tap it after spreading. This creates texture. Once dried its very grippy.

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Old 12-30-2017, 10:01 PM   #7
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Re: Coating a speargun handle

I'll have to try that! I just ordered a bottle of 3m 5200 and I'm going to try that. I heard from a few people that the 5200 is what I'm looking for. However, no place around me sells it so I had to order it online. That Loctite would be much easier for me to get my hands on. I'll report back with the results from the 5200 when it gets here
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Old 12-31-2017, 04:57 AM   #8
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This works amazing well. Apply it with medical gloves and tap it after spreading. This creates texture. Once dried its very grippy.

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how you use it ?I have used similar polyurethane ,apply over the rough epoxy coated handle and it last for a month then start to peel ,even I tried to apply over a very rough epoxy coated handle .
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Old 12-31-2017, 07:59 AM   #9
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how you use it ?I have used similar polyurethane ,apply over the rough epoxy coated handle and it last for a month then start to peel ,even I tried to apply over a very rough epoxy coated handle .
I use it just as you describe. Not sure why it only lasts a month for you. I mean it will eventually start to peel but takes a while.

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I use like they did in this video. https://youtu.be/adkDSWKE6Dg

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Old 12-31-2017, 01:38 PM   #11
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Old 12-31-2017, 02:06 PM   #12
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Re: Coating a speargun handle

In the old days we would use a piece of bicycle innertube. These days, there's some great slip on Rubber overgrips from the Shooting market. Not sure if those will fit the grip depending on how stylized it is.

If you are looking for Grippy.. I'd go the Grit route. There is no way that a grip is moving around in my gloved hand with a good grit coating.

One thing I've learned lately is that when I'm target shooting, I'll use one hand to shoot. Same if I'm using a smaller gun and holding onto the Reef. But with Bluewater hunting using a Rear Handle, I always use two hands. There's a few ways to hold a gun using two hands, but if you want to hold it like you would a pistol, then you are going to want to use a pistol grip with the angles that are standard. Those are designed for two handed shooting, ie the recoil line is more centered. I'm beginning to think that the best grip for a Rear Handle for Blue Water is actually a smaller Centerline Recoil grit coated grip designed for two handed shooting. just my two cents.
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Old 01-05-2018, 07:51 AM   #13
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Re: Coating a speargun handle

I tried the 5300 and I couldn't get the really textured appearance that I was after. I'm not sure if I applied it to thin or if it is because it takes so long to cure. The problem I had was that whenever I would dip my finger in it and "pull" the coating out it would slowly reabsorb back into itself. I noticed they have a fast cure out there too. I will try that next time.
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Re: Coating a speargun handle

3M 5200 comes in a Fast Cure and in a Slow Cure. I always use the Fast cure on marine projects to avoid slip.
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