Cue CareFor Cue care, there’s some basic rules on what to do so let’s go over those firstly:
- Don’t leave your cue in a hot place like a car due to that the timber will warp. That also applies to extreme cold as well
- checking that the joints are clean as well as a good ferrule as they can both create noises in the cue
- burnish the side of your tip and keep it in good order and check a few weeks before an event that its going to be in good order before it and you have got used to it.
- Checking a cue requires sighting down like a gun barrel this way you can see more than any other method. A common belief is to roll it on a table but that’s not as accurate as sighting along the cue. As there’s a flat spot depending on the balance point this can make a shaft lift in most cases.
Storing your cueOur belief is that once you have arrived home if you want your cue to stay straighter for a longer time is to use a rubber hanger. This helps the shaft weigh being pulled on and we’ve found this method is far better than anything else around. Cue Cases in some cases don’t hold the cue that well and if they are either hot or cold contain moisture in the case.
Oiling your Cue
All cues over time need oiling as it helps keep a certain amount of moisture in a cue. A common amount is around 8-10% so if you have a digital moisture gauge you can check you cue.
We’ve found as you will have that there’s many different oils around and many cue companies make their own blends. The oil we use is called Liberon finishing oil but you can also use boiled linseed oil or linseed oil. We found standard linseed oil can become sticky in certain countries depending on the humidity.
Cues should be sanded down first with a 240 grit at most but I would recommend a 400-600 wet and dry sandpaper. Between coats of oil use 000 Steel wool.
Oiling a cue properly can take 2-3 days and applying coats until the cue becomes tacky and isn’t drying.
At that time you need to then rub it back with a cloth until all the tackiness is gone and your cue will be ok for 12 months or longer.
A cue that hasn’t been oiled in ash will show visible signs of the grain opening.