Re-tacky-ing leather grip ??

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  1. anirut

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    Is there a way I (we?) can make the leather grip tacky again?

    Mine has become very slippery after re-gripping my racket a few times using the same leather, and the grip is new. I removed it to make adjustments to the over-lap twice and adjustments to the butt-end - twice, I think - and since then it became so smooth and slippery.

    Any suggestions? I play with leather and no over-grip.

    BTW, for more info, grip is Gamma leather, brand new. Haven't played yet and it has already become very smooth and slippery.
     
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  2. mikeler

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    If you can't buy a new leather replacement grip, I'm not sure what to tell you.
     
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  3. anirut

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    HAHA ... I have new, in-the-pack grips available, but I don't wanna waste the one installed as I have not played with it once.

    Anyhow, I probably have to experiment with something ...
     
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  4. mad dog1

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    applying some castor oil to it restores the tack.
     
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    If you ever restored an old baseball or softball mitt, there's a dressing that you can get to restore the leather. Sporting goods stores normally carry this stuff next to their mitts or bats. Since the grip is new, applying a very small amount (2-3 drops) may help restore the feel.

    I've never tried castor oil, but have tried vegetable oil. Seems to work, but turned slightly rancid from sweat. Wondered about using linseed oil.
     
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  6. mad dog1

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    this recommendation comes specifically from the instructions that come w/ the Balmforth Fairway grips. after cleaning, apply castor oil to the leather grip to restore tack. since this is a new grip, anuirut needs only apply castor oil.
     
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  7. anirut

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    Thanks, all, for the knowledge.

    Ummmm .... now .... begins my hunt for castor oil.

    Any "specifics" for the castor oil to be used?

    TIA.
     
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  8. Chotobaka

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    Since you already have replacement grips, there is nothing to lose by trying a little mad-scientist stuff. I would try roughing up the surface with sandpaper (creating a fresher surface) and using something like linseed oil (use for breaking in and keeping baseball mits supple). You could go so far as to use a little pine tar -- I don't think you can get more tack than that.
     
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    Yeah, I've thought of using fine-grit sandpaper too! Planned on trying that on some old leather to see how things work.
     
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  10. mad dog1

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    i got my bottle of castor oil from walmart, but i've seen it at supermarkets like sprouts and whole foods. you can generally find it in the pharmacy section.
     
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  12. anirut

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    Thanks, mad dog1 & OHBH. Those are great info.
     
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  13. paul_tennis

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    It's supposed that denatured alcohol is the same as ethanol for cleaning leather grips?
     
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  14. corners

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    Denatured alcohol is just ethanol with a poison added so we don't skip the liquor store.
     
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