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Best advice on re-tipping cues at home

Best advice on re-tipping cues at home

Would someone give me steps in the re-tipping process? Also, should i use a soft tip? Can one decrease diam of a tip from 14mm to 12mm without ruining tip? What if it's a layered tip? 14mm. KEEP ON STROKIN'!

Best advice on re-tipping cues at home

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  1. michaeljquickshot on 12/31/2008 8:46:39 PM

    Based on all your questions I am going to assume that you are not knowledgeable about tip replacement. For one, you cannot put a 12mm tip on a 14mm ferrule. My suggestion to you is get it done by someone who knows what they are doing before you screw it up and end up paying twice as much to get it done right.

  2. michaeljmichaelj on 12/31/2008 11:25:41 PM

    Yes, the question makes me sound more ignorant that I am. Let me try again:

    I was given several Moori soft tips in the 14 mm diam. size. My cue is a standard 13mm tip size (or ferrule size, if you will) Can this layered tip be reduced with sanding or grinding to fit symmetrically on my 13mm cue? There are no professional or experienced cue people in my circle or area. My intent is to pry off the old tip, sand the ferrule to level and remove debris, use Gorilla Glue and a cue tip clamp to secure till dry. I will attempt to grind the 14mm diam down to a 13mm with a grind wheel prior to all this if you think it would work. Any comments or suggestions?

  3. michaeljhomefried1 on 1/6/2009 9:32:34 AM

    If you're talking about the cue you play with all the time, I'd have a pro do it even though I've put on tons of them. The difference is I had the proper tools at the time and don't now.

    You need to get the ferrule perfectly flat and clean, and the ferrule needs to be looked at to make certain it is still good. Sticks for kids to knock balls around with might be different, but my cue.

    I want done right, and I like a soft tip for my shooter, and a hard tip for a break stick.

    Get yourself a Mueller's catalog and order a ferrule grinder. This will fit on the shaft and have a grinding wheel attached that will allow you to get the ferrule flat and clean.I use gel type super glue. Scuff up the bottom of the tip with sand paper and glue both surfaces. Allow to dry a little, and then apply tip and I always then inverted the shaft with the tip down and applied pressure for about a minute.

    Set aside and wait a couple hours or so and then shape up the tip. Interestingly to me, most of the really good players were not satisfied with their new tip until you sanded off about half of it.

    By the way, be careful or you'll get glue all over!

  4. michaeljquickshot on 1/6/2009 1:10:35 PM

    There you have it Michael. Just be careful and take your time. There is very little room for error.

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Best advice on re-tipping cues at home

  • Title: Best advice on re-tipping cues at home
  • Author: (Michael Johnson)
  • Published: 12/31/2008 6:21:36 PM