Saving a clubhead swollen by moisture?
Posted 10 May 2018 - 06:13 AM
I have the exact club and while I don't bag it anymore, I recall it being a very playable fairway wood.
Posted 10 May 2018 - 06:18 AM
Posted 10 May 2018 - 07:34 AM
Posted 13 May 2018 - 12:26 PM
1. Be sure to address any water damage early in the process. Yes, it's probably better to go ahead and use the stripping gel first, to reveal the full extent of damage. Let it dry then brush it off. I use a cheap scrub brush from a $1 store, and some fine steel wool. A stiff wire brush, even a plastic scraper can leave gouges in already damaged wood.
2. Examine the entire clubhead for peaks and valleys. It's not always obvious where moisture seeped under gaps in the clear coat. Lightly sand, thenFill the valleys with a wood filler or expoxy. Then sand the peaks.
3. Sand and treat the clubhead like any other wood. I rub in 2 coats (1 on the clubface, anymore can darken it too much.)
of boiled Linseed Oil, to condition the wood, and find that it works much better than pre-finish treatments that some manufacturers recommend. In fact in some instances, the Linseed Oil gives the club a nice natural finish and allows the grain to show.
4. Recheck your fillings, ALWAYS rub with your thumbs to check and make certain your surfaces are smooth!!!
5. Then preceed with the process. (Several times a year, I review Dave Wood's websites, to refresh what's left of my memory and to see if he's added anything!)
I'll try to attach pics of a Titleist B12T Driver I pulled out of bucket (head down, and wet), on the front porch of a now defunct Flea Market. It has 3 splits in the neck, so I rushed through the process (I've done better work), because I knew it was unsaleable, and I wanted to try it. It feels GREAT! on those days I want alighter driver, the C-8 with DG S400 fits the bill. This one I used some Colonial
Also, a VIP Limited, that was in better shape, along with its matching 3 (WIP). Any suggestions on what to do with the toe crack on the 3 wood?
Good Luck! Post some pics.
Looks like I'll have to post pics later via laptop.
Posted 13 May 2018 - 02:02 PM
Posted 13 May 2018 - 02:35 PM
Unfortunately I ran into a snag already at stage one. The bottom screws came off easily enough with some heat, but the first face screw snapped clean off, luckily the shear was beneath the insert, but still. The second one, with more heat applied, stripped at very easy pressure. I left the other two for now, I'm thinking I need to invest in an easy-out tool of some sort...
With how brittle they are, I wonder if these are aluminum screws, to match the insert?
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