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Taurus Polymer fading
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My girlfriend has a pink Taurus TCP with a pink polymer frame that she carries in a leather owb holster. The portion of the frame/grip that is exposed is fading, you can see a distinct line where the color is darker where it is covered by the holster and lighter where it is exposed. Has anyone else had this problem with a Taurus or any other firearm?

Her gun is two years old, I have a Glock with a od green frame that I have had for five years and it has not faded
Stonewall, proud to be a member of pa2a.org since Sep 2012.
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Plastic fades... I don't know anyway to prevent it no matter what except oh say if you never expose it to sunlight..
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Other than using cleaners and such used for UV protection in cars, I don't know what you can do to stop it. And I don't know if that coating would affect the grip if wet from sweaty palms.

Might be best to replace the grips.
Vampire pig man since September 2012
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Camper;134874 Wrote:Other than using cleaners and such used for UV protection in cars, I don't know what you can do to stop it. And I don't know if that coating would affect the grip if wet from sweaty palms.

Might be best to replace the grips.

The Frame is faded, it does not have grips that can be replaced. I had never heard of it fading before, my glock never faded and it is older than the taurus
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I've owned a couple of taurus revolvers in the past,was never was impressed with their quality.
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Stonewall;134903 Wrote:
Camper;134874 Wrote:Other than using cleaners and such used for UV protection in cars, I don't know what you can do to stop it. And I don't know if that coating would affect the grip if wet from sweaty palms.

Might be best to replace the grips.

The Frame is faded, it does not have grips that can be replaced. I had never heard of it fading before, my glock never faded and it is older than the taurus

Sorry...I don't know why I was thinking of just the grips.
Vampire pig man since September 2012
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Stonewall;134830 Wrote:My girlfriend has a pink Taurus TCP with a pink polymer frame that she carries in a leather owb holster. The portion of the frame/grip that is exposed is fading, you can see a distinct line where the color is darker where it is covered by the holster and lighter where it is exposed. Has anyone else had this problem with a Taurus or any other firearm?

Her gun is two years old, I have a Glock with a od green frame that I have had for five years and it has not faded

I'll take a stab at this. From what I've read about polymer framed guns they all use their own proprietary super-fantastic-bubble-plastic recipes of what we commonly call Nylon. The trick is to get the stuff to pour nicely into a mold and resist fracturing under the stress of gunfire. Nearly all nylons are degraded by UV exposure so many manufacture add carbon black (a product derived from burning heavy petroleum mixtures of special tars and ethelyne) which gives the polymer almost perfect UV protection when added to the mix. Carbon black is... well... black and it tints the mixture so black guns will not have this problem.

What does all this crap mean? My guess is that for colored polymers the carbon black is left out and the nylon is not protected from UV degradation.
That's why the area covered by the holster is not affected while exposed areas are faded.

That's my theory. IANAC
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