Tony, I've seen where people have used skateboard tape to do what you speak of. If done right it looks good. I, myself, use TALON GRIPS on the grip (only) portion of my Glocks to give a positive gripping surface. The slide is not affected on my guns but one thing I'd watch for is wear. That tape is VERY aggressive and 1) it will catch on your cover garment or clothes in general (it's rough!) and can 2) wear the material, too. I found that sanding it down some to reduce its roughness worked very well and I like my Talon Grips but I'd suggest watching for clothing wear if using abrasive tape on a gun. You could easily try some skateboard tape to see if it works as desired and peel it off if it doesn't. Hope this helps.