So, if you are a pool or snooker enthusiast, you can’t underestimate the importance of keeping your cue tip in good shape. Though they are not really costly, once you have become accustomed to the dynamics of a cue tip, you don’t want to lose it. And for that, you must maintain it.
Little bit of burnishing always does good to your cue tip, and helps you to excel on the table. So in this article, I’m going to share some helpful information related to your query “how to burnish a cue tip.”
By the end of it, you’ll know all about your cue tip’s maintenance, and multiple ways that you can use to burnish your precious cue tip.
So, moving on to the real business. No need to wreck your brain while thinking this.
If you don’t know how to burnish the sides of a cue tip, but not sure where to begin. Read this step by step guide to get it done without any trouble or damage to your cue shaft or tip.
To burnish your cue tip, you’d need a decent Tip Burnisher.
It’s small and of cylindrical shape. Just put your cue tip in it and roll the tip around on your knees for five to ten seconds. This process will generate heat on the tip and you’ll notice a dark shine on your tip when you’ll take it out.
Don’t overdo it, only for a few seconds. And your tip will look great.
The process for this is the same as replacing an old cue tip by installing a new one.
If you want to learn how we tip a cue or tip a burnish cue, read our detailed article.
This is a traditional way to burnish a tip but not everyone has the access to this machine, nor they own it. And some people might not like to buy a Tip Burnisher. So how can they burnish their tips?
Luckily, there are cheap ways to burnish your tip.
You can use Tiger clear cue tip burnishing liquid.
Also, you can use the dollar bill technique, as a temporary solution.
Some people have even used the pieces of cardboard like from a hot pockets box and they revealed that this trick worked.
However, we recommend you to buy a Tip Burnisher, it’s easier to use, has little risk and is an inexpensive solution.
As you know, a cue’s leather tip has a rough texture, not smooth. They are made this way to allow the billiard chalk to stick to them. A tip is either convex or domed.
There are many products available to maintain your cue tips. Cue shapers are one of them, we recommend William and the Ultimate Tip tool. These tools can help you to scuff your tip and have gauges to make it accurate.
If your tip only needs to be roughed up, we recommend Pro Series Tip Tapper.
If you are a professional, or want to be a professional pool player, these gadgets are must have things. They can help you to take out the fibers of the leather without even removing any material from the tip.
In the end, I’d like to give you a piece of advice. The thing is, there are a plethora of burnishing methods available on billiards platforms. People have shared their own ways which they use to burnish their cue tips. And some of them worked, while some didn’t.
But when it comes to your cue tip safety and maintenance, we recommend you to go for proven methods and avoid random techniques. We only know for how many people those shortcuts worked, and how many ended up with damage to their cue tips.
Buy the gadgets we have discussed above and keep them with you as they come handy. A Tip burnisher, be it the cylindrical one or the liquid, are safe to go. They are inexpensive and can be carried with you anywhere.
By following the above mentioned guides, you’d be able to burnish/polish your cue tip in an appropriate way, without inflicting any loss to your previous cue shafts and tips.