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Cue Care – Fundamental Rules
Always keep your cue in a good quality case.
Never lean your cue at an angle against a wall.
Don’t leave a cue near a heat source or anywhere the cue will become cold and damp. Wood doesn’t react well to extreme temperatures hot or cold.
So the next time you think about leaving your cue in the car think again ! This is a common cause to why the wood has moved, swelling or shrinkage can happen due to moisture content changing.
Don’t use sandpaper or abrasive pads. This will remove the finish of the cue and wear the shaft away.
Never bang your cue directly down on the floor or on the table, your cue deserves respect.
When a tip is worn and needs changing don’t wait to fit a new one, playing with a tip that’s had it’s day isn’t going to do you any favours and you might end up requiring a new ferrule because of this.
Keep your cue and hands clean.
Don’t use water to clean your cue.
What to check to confirm your cue is in good condition.
If you have a jointed cue check the joint is clean – over time the joint can become dirty, if this is the case a dirty joint will often cause a bad connection and create an awful noise when striking the cue ball.
How to fix – Use 0000 Wire wool to clean off the build up of dirt.
Check the ferrule – A good ferrule is very important, this is what supports the tip so needs to be in good condition. If badly worn a ferrule can replaced easily.
The ferrule is the most likely cause of strange noises coming from a cue, they can become loose over time and a simple reset ( Glue ) is usually enough to have your cue back to normal.
Check to see if your cue is straight – To see if a cue is straight requires sighting down like a gun barrel, this is the best way to check straightness. Rolling a cue on the table doesn’t always give a good indication to if a cue is straight. There are several reasons for this, but joints and tapers are the most common reasons for a cue not to roll flat to the table. I’ve seen bent cues roll flat so beware !!
Check the shaft – The shaft can become dry over time, to look after and protect the shaft it’s best to use raw linseed oil. Before applying the oil you will need to clean the shaft to do this wipe the cue with a slightly damp cloth and dry. Do not use a lot of water as can cause the shaft to swell. Apply raw linseed oil onto cue using a cloth or kitchen paper towel, leave for a few hours or overnight to soak in. Wipe off surplus oil and buff cue with a clean cloth until smooth and dry.
A Cue’s finish and condition will vary, but most of the time a buff down with a dry micro-fibre towel will keep your cue feeling smooth. If over time you have a build-up of grease and chalk on your cue, a wipe down with a very slightly damp cloth ( never wet ) will help to remove this.
Please note – Never wipe down a new cue with a damp cloth, this will remove the original thin oil finish and leave your cue feeling dry.
It’s better to never use a damp cloth on your cue, using a damp cloth regularly will remove the dark grain from an ash shaft, this will leave your cue feeling lumpy.
We recommend – Sil Kleen shaft cleaner & Cue Silk shaft conditioner. These are simple to use and great for cleaning and making a cue super smooth, regardless of the type of finish on a cue.
These products are sold in our cue care section on the website.