View Full Version : hello..i'm new. Shaft question

08-14-2003, 10:56 AM
hey everyone...been a lurker for awhile and finally decided to register.

anyways..I just bought a Lucasi L-D2 about 3 weeks ago. I'm pretty happy about the cue, since my first one was a cuetec about 2 years ago, which i sold within 3 months because i hated that fiberglass shaft. When I got my lucasi, the shaft felt nice, but then i realized that I did not like that waxy feeling at all from the "french cue wax" they apply at the factory. I prefer the smooth raw wood feel much better than the waxy coating that tends to get tacky.

What is the best way to acheive that raw wood feel? I know i could prolly sand off the wax, but i'm kind of afraid. Is 600 grit too coarse, or should i go at least 100 grit? also, once all the wax is off, do i just leave the bare wood, or should i still put on some kind of protective coating? remember, i dont' want that weird feeling of wax, reminds me too much of my cuetec.

thanks for the help guys.

08-14-2003, 11:53 AM
Stay with 600 or above; I use 1000 to 1500 on my cue. The best way I have found to take the wax off is to use a shaft cleaner like clean stroke. I clean my shaft with clean stroke, then give it a light sanding with 1000 grit to take off the wax. Alcohol and lighter fluid can be used; I have never used either so some one else can give you better advice on them. I also burnish my shaft with a leather pad; this gives a feel kind of between the wax and plain wood. Good luck with your cue. /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

p.s. If you are not sure about doing it yourself a cue repair person, or a cue maker can do it for under 15.00 dollars.

08-14-2003, 05:08 PM
oops...haha i meant 1000 grit.

cool thanks for the reply. with the sanding....i dont' have a lathe or shaft spinner. would it be okay if i just wrap the sandpaper around the shaft and spin it while lightly applying pressure with the sandpaper..and jus move the sandpaper up and down the shaft?

Ralph S.
08-14-2003, 05:12 PM
Welcome aboard. Best advice as far as the shaft is to take it to a pro shop and let them put in on a lathe. Specify that you want just a minute amout taken down..just enough to knock the wax coating off.

08-14-2003, 06:13 PM
Don't waste the money, you can do it. 600, then 1000, then emery cloth, then rolled-up black and white news paper. The dried ink works as a sealer. All the "Old" players know about this and do it. You will love the feel.

08-14-2003, 08:00 PM
Bill, How old do you need to be? LOL

08-14-2003, 09:37 PM
Hey Rod, some of the young guys might know about it too. It is virtually impossible to make a shaft crooked if you continually turn the shaft every 3-4 strokes. Just pick a # 3,4,5 or what ever and turn it after the same # of strokes. Another good thing about doing it this way is you are going in the direction of your stroke and not against the grain of your stroke like a lathe does. And Rod, you don't have to be old at all to "Know how to stroke it up and down". I'm sure we all have been there, LOL.

08-14-2003, 10:47 PM
Whew, Im relieved, er what I mean is ok I understand. Just kidding with ya Bill. I didn't do it the same but close, no newspaper. I'd never heard of the newspaper and ink sealer. Sometimes it's an area thing.

I do remember watching Dandy Dick Landy and a few others at Lyons. /ccboard/images/graemlins/laugh.gif


08-15-2003, 07:15 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote hemicudas:</font><hr> ...then rolled-up black and white news paper. The dried ink works as a sealer. <hr /></blockquote>When I read the newspaper, my fingers get black from the ink. Based on that, I'd fear that the newspaper would discolor my shaft. Does that happen?

08-15-2003, 09:13 AM
I feel exactly the same... I wouldn't like a grey darkish shaft !!!! /ccboard/images/graemlins/confused.gif

08-15-2003, 10:26 AM
You can use a brown paper bag in place of news paper.