1. Before you start work on replacing the tip check you have everything needed to complete the fitting of the new one you’ll need ;-
A NEW TIP
SUPER GLUE GEL OR TIPPING GLUE
SHARP BLADE (STANLEY KNIFE’S GOOD)
FINE SAND PAPER , TIP SHAPER/FILE
THESE ARE THE ESSENTIALS BUT TO HELP YOU CAN ALSO HAVE ;-
KITCHEN ROOL/CLOTH HANDY
2. Start by removing the old tip, this I do by laying the cue on a solid surface and carefully get the blade between the tip and brass ferrule, when the tip is off use the blade to scrape and clean the end surface, remember to keep the end of the cue flat and square as you don’t want a hollowed dip or angled wedge hence the new tip sits at an angle (maybe use the sand/glass paper to clean up).
3. Now the gluing surface is flat and clean this is good opportunity to shine up a brass ferrule, this I do by pinching fine wire wool around and twisting slowly a couple of turns of the cue does the trick, careful not to let the wool touch the wood as you’ll get unsightly cross scratches, but this process really brightens up a dull brass, and is safer than attempting to use metal polish near wood a big no no !
4. Now the cue is ready lets prepare the tip, you can glue tips straight on and probably have no problems but this is an age old method I use, lay the fine sand paper onto a flat surface (not your hand) hold down the new tip dome up and rub down the back of tip just enough to totally flatten the gluing surface, again be sure to keep it square and not allow any angles to work in, now you have a rough surface this needs smoothing or burnishing do this by rubbing on smooth well worn wood is ideal and sort of polishes the leather (nothing that will transfer varnish or wax to the tip, just bare wood) the reasoning behind this is a rough leather absorbs the glue throughout the tip, making the tip super hard and brittle, the smother surface absorbs less glue allowing the tip to retain original structure.
5. The messy bit gluing the tip on , this comes down to common sense really and the type of glue your using, follow the gluing instructions and try to keep it just where it should be and not oozing all over everything remember too much and you can be in a right mess, too little and the tip will pop off mid game. If your using contact glue, tipping glue or a slow setting glue then a tip clamp is your best bet to hold it in place over night, if your using super glue then use gel (less absorbent than runny super glue) and hold in place without sticking your fingers to it!
6. Shaping the tip is best done the next day if possible, using a tip shaper is best but sandpaper will also do the job, if the tip is slightly big and over lapping or you like the ‘mushroom tip’ then hold the cue upright, tip down on a work bench etc. and trim down with a very sharp blade turning the cue slowly, obviously turning out for a mushroom style tip again this is personal preference and is down to some common sense
Disclaimer- This guide was produced only to show how the top professionals tip a cue, we do not accept any responsibility for any consequences resulting from advice given followed or not, If you do not feel confident to carry out this process we recommend seeking professional assistance. A local cue shop will re-tip a cue for around £5-10 but will not always carry out all the steps mentioned to obtain the best results.
ANY QUESTIONS ;-
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