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Not sure because I've never tried it. It's much easier to go the other way, from shiny- to-dull. Dull-to-shiny has two problems with a grooved surface like WWII P38 grips: First, enough polishing to reach down into the low spots tends to wash out the detail; polishing only on the high spots will leave the grips looking funny. Second, adding a glossy layer to plastic is not likely to last; when the glossy layer wears through from handling they'll look like hell.

If I really HAD to do it, here's how I'd proceed. Carefully wash the grips with detergent to remove any trace of oil or release compound from the molding process.
Using an airbrush or spray can, dust the grips with a very light coat of clear topcoat that auto refinishers use for plastic parts, something like Krylon "Fusion". Mask the screw ferrules first and don't use too much paint.

Then handle as little as possible.

In the end, it might be better to just buy another --shiny-- pair of grips.

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