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I just bought a new Combat Commander. The condition is perfect. My only issue is that the grips look washed out compared to others I've seen.

I emailed VZ Grips and asked if there was a way to get the nicer color I've seen on other examples. They advised me to spray the grips with WD-40 and then wipe them off.

Has anyone tried that? Thanks.

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I would go with Ballistol as it is mineral oil based and less harmful to wood and even leather. WD-40 has paraffin in it and continued use can and will leave a residue in the tight places on a gun in some cases making the screws a real pain to get loose.
 

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I just bought a new Combat Commander. The condition is perfect. My only issue is that the grips look washed out compared to others I've seen.

I emailed VZ Grips and asked if there was a way to get the nicer color I've seen on other examples. They advised me to spray the grips with WD-40 and then wipe them off.

Has anyone tried that? Thanks.

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Use linseed oil.
 

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The grips the OP is working with are not wood.
Yep, VZ's website states that G-10, "is a high-pressure fiberglass laminate created by stacking multiple glass cloth layers...This is done by soaking the glass in epoxy resin. Then by heat and pressure, it is compressed into the shape you are looking for; primarily sheets and rods."
 

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I no longer use ballistol. My dad loved the stuff. I had a rare nib Colt it messed up finish on the top of one grip panel. I don’t think it was just an odd occurrence because same thing happened to one of my dad’s rifles. I stopped using it then.
 
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As to the color you wanted, I feel your pain. I wanted some of their red/black grips for several guns and most I've gotten have had too much black or been muted in the red colors, especially compared to the pictured ones.

Every so often, a very colored set comes out.

That said, VZ grips are some of the best made and definitely serve their purpose. I've used them for work for many years, in fact I was one of the original T&E end users on 1911 panels way back when. Still have that set.
 

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WD-40 has been the "trick" for Micarta (to make it black) and G10 since both materials were first used to make grips. WD-40 is basically just kerosine. But most any oil will make G-10 and Micarta darker.

Navidrex, the first Micarta 1911 grips that I know of and then Hogue. G-10 came later.
 

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Pop 'em off. Pop 'em in an envelope. Pop the envelope in the mail to Colt with a note that the gun dseserves better.
 
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