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dhoser
12-18-2003, 08:44 AM
I have just recently gotten into playing pool. I played when I was younger but only with the pool halls cues. I have been taking my two boys to a local hall to teach them what little I know about the game and now we have progressed on to buying our own cues.

The questions that I have are about cue cleaning and maintenance. I did a quick search on the subject and found only one thread but I'm looking for a little more advice.

1. What is the best way to keep your cue smooth and clean?
2. After doing the cleaning process, should a wax be applied to the shaft or would that make it a bit sticky?
3. Is there any tip maintenance that needs to be done to keep the tip in top condition?
4. What is the best way to clean a linen wrap?

Thanks in advance!

Wally_in_Cincy
12-18-2003, 09:14 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote dhoser:</font><hr> ...I did a quick search on the subject and found only one thread ....<hr /></blockquote>

If you do a more thorough search you will find many threads and many different opinions. Just don't sand the shaft...IMO.

Read about it here:
sanding thread (http://www.billiardsdigest.com/ccboard/showthreaded.php?Cat=&amp;Board=ccb&amp;Number=79240&amp;page= &amp;view=&amp;sb=&amp;o=)

RedHell
12-18-2003, 09:35 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote dhoser:</font><hr> I have just recently gotten into playing pool. I played when I was younger but only with the pool halls cues. I have been taking my two boys to a local hall to teach them what little I know about the game and now we have progressed on to buying our own cues.

<font color="blue"> I'm glad to hear you are introducing your boys to our wonderfull game !!! </font color>

The questions that I have are about cue cleaning and maintenance. I did a quick search on the subject and found only one thread but I'm looking for a little more advice.

1. What is the best way to keep your cue smooth and clean?

<font color="blue"> I use a kitchen cleaning solution called Hertel. It's a non-abrasive environmental frendly product. A lot of people will use lighter fluid, I tried it and was not impress. My Hertel does a better job. Simply put, a good cleaning liquid should do the job, just make sure it is non-abravise. </font color>
2. After doing the cleaning process, should a wax be applied to the shaft or would that make it a bit sticky?

<font color="blue"> Nope, no wax, the woold should be left clean and on its natural surface. Using a thick piece of leather and burnishing the shaft will help closing the wood fiber and making it smooth. </font color>

3. Is there any tip maintenance that needs to be done to keep the tip in top condition?

<font color="blue"> That will depend on the tip. Layered tip are more expensive but will generaly hold their shape better. Other tip might mushroom. If it happens, just trim the edges. There is a few tools for tip triming. I don't use one, I simply use a sanding method that protects the ferule. If your tip changes shape, you might want to re-shape it. The 2 most common shape follow the curve of a dime or a nickel. Sometimes tip will stop holding chalk. If that happens you can use a sand paper just to rough it up a bit or other specialised tools like a scuffer of the Tip Pik </font color>

4. What is the best way to clean a linen wrap?

<font color="blue"> My cues have black linen so I rarely clean the wrap. I heard of a product called quick-clean that is supposed to do a great job. Most will agree that a damp cloth could suffice. </font color>

Thanks in advance! <hr /></blockquote>

You're welcome.

One more thing. To reduce the dark coloring of the shaft caused by the chalk getting into the wood fibers, you can use tan chalk. It still get in, but won't show. I have to give credit to Pizza Bob for that, he told me that. But I can't get myself to compromise to play with tan chalk. To me, chalk is blue.

Enjoy the game with your boys and have fun !!!

Kato
12-18-2003, 10:15 AM
Dhoser, good call on playing with the kids. If anything it's a great way to bond.

I used to wax my cue shafts but on my 2 new cues I do not. Just a damp cloth to keep them clean. Wipe down every time you wash your hands and before and after every session. If you buy a cue with an ivory ferrule treat once per month with baby oil. I've also used nail polish remover without acetone to clean my shafts but I don't do it anymore and don't recommend it. Stay away from sandpaper though. /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

Triangle is my favorite non-layered tip and I had good if not great success with them holding shape and for playability. Layered tips hold shape very well and last a long time but are a little more pricey. Have fun, the combinations are endless. /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

Kato~~~just dropping my .02

Troy
12-18-2003, 10:20 AM
Congratulations on getting your boys into this fine old game... /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif
To answer your questions ::
1. Keep your hands clean while shooting. Carry a soft cloth and wipe your cue during a session. After a session, clean the cues with a soft cloth and plain water -- not much, just wet enough to remove any residue. Buff with a separate dry cloth. Burnishing with a piece of un-dyed leather is also good.
2. I have found that wax will become sticky from hand oils so I recommend plain wood.
3. Clean the chalk off the tip after each session. Occassionally buff the edge of the tip -- a dollar bill with a bit of saliva woorks well. You will probably want a new tip shortly, depending on what came on the cue. Talk to the Pool Room guy, there might be a repair person on site. Most players prefer a nickel or dime radius on their tip.
4. The wrap shouldn't need cleaning very often. Again a damp cloth should do the trick.

Have Fun..... /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif
Troy
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote dhoser:</font><hr> I have just recently gotten into playing pool. I played when I was younger but only with the pool halls cues. I have been taking my two boys to a local hall to teach them what little I know about the game and now we have progressed on to buying our own cues.

The questions that I have are about cue cleaning and maintenance. I did a quick search on the subject and found only one thread but I'm looking for a little more advice.

1. What is the best way to keep your cue smooth and clean?
2. After doing the cleaning process, should a wax be applied to the shaft or would that make it a bit sticky?
3. Is there any tip maintenance that needs to be done to keep the tip in top condition?
4. What is the best way to clean a linen wrap?

Thanks in advance! <hr /></blockquote>

Scott Lee
12-18-2003, 12:21 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Troy:</font><hr> 1. Keep your hands clean while shooting. <hr /></blockquote>

dhoser...IMO, this is the MOST important thing about keeping your cue in good condition, as well as making it much easier to play! I will usually wash my hands a few times, when playing for several hours!

Scott Lee

dhoser
12-19-2003, 05:22 AM
Thanks for the information everybody!

With the price of cues these days, I want to make sure we make them last as long as possible.