PROPER CUE CARE

CARE-(5)

 

CLEAN IS GOOD:

  • A clean, well-tuned instrument always performs better.
  • Keep your cue shaft clean by using a wax polish and 1200 sand paper, or a cloth daily.
  • Every 2 weeks, wipe the shaft with turpentine to remove any build-up.
CARE-(8)

 

THE BUTTE END RUBBER IS AN EXTREMELY IMPORTANT PART OF THE CUE:

  • It prevents the weight from becoming loose.
  • It prevents the butte from chipping/cracking.
  • It prevents your splicing from opening/splitting.
  • Should your cue have an sd-joint instead of a rubber, then the end should ideally be rounded.
CARE-(2)

 

WHY LACQUER ON THE BUTTE OF THE CUE IS PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT:

  • Makes the colours on your cue more vibrant and lasting, by stopping sweat and dirt from absorbing into it.
  • It also protects the splicing from eroding/splitting.
CARE-(3)

 

REASONS OF CUES WARPING:

  • High humidity/moisture.
  • Extreme temperatures (hot/cold).
  • Passing your cue to another player by the shaft.
  • Leaning your cue against the wall, or off a cushion at an angle.
  • Using any oil to polish your cue (over time it seeps into the shaft and is extremely susceptible to temperature fluctuations).
  • Uneven sanding of the shaft can and will warp a cue.
  • Poor cue making practices.
CARE

 

CAUSES OF FERRULES BREAKING-OFF/SHAFTS CRACKING:

  • Poor quality shafts – are weak and susceptible to breaking if dropped, or if thinned incorrectly.
  • Leaving the shaft too thick and only thinning close to the tip, places extra pressure on the front of the cue and can cause it to break/crack.
  • Bad fitment of ferrules – if the wood within the ferrule is too thin, or if the ferrule wall is too thin, besides causing the ferrule wall to crack it will sink into the wood eventually causing the ferrule to break-off.
  • Poor/Unexperienced Workmanship – sanding below the ferrule onto the wood, causing indentation in the wood.
CARE(7)

 

CAUSES OF WEIGHT BECOMING LOOSE:

  • Banging your cue on the ground.
  • Un-lacquered butte, causing splicing to open.
  • Missing butte-end rubber.