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#1 HuckleBogey_Finn

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Posted 18 December 2010 - 12:25 PM

As promised, after much trial and error I believe I have found a very good way to paint fill golf clubs. I will try to be as detailed as possible and I am including a few pics. They were taken with my iphone so the pics arent great, but I am extremely happy with the results. I have tried many paints, solvents and dilutes and this is by far the best combination I have found. I feel anyone can do this. I am sure there are other ways to get good results but this is my preferred way

I appreciate constructive criticisms and feel free to ask questions.

I went with a SF Giants color scheme here. All of you dodger fans can suck it ;)

First you need the tools. In this example I used Tamiya color paint in smoke, clear orange, clear red, and clear yellow. I also used testors model enamal for the top sight line. You will also need tal strip paint stripper, acetone nail polish remover, non-acetone nail polish remover, 91% rubbing alcohol, q-tips, toothpicks, towels, lint free rags, gloves (you don't want paint stripper on your fingers!) an old toothbrush and PATIENCE!

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First thing you need to do is get rid of all the original paint. With a q-tip apply a liberal amount of tal strip to all painted areas. Wait 5-10 minutes and you will see blobs of paint bubbling out of the spaces.
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After all of the paint has bubbled out grab the toothbrush and in a sink you dont mind getting stained (or outside with the garden hose) scrub and rinse out all the spaces that had paint in them. The paint should come right out. Sometimes you may have a few remnants hanging around. If so reapply the stripper to these parts until you are left with only bare metal.

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Now take your acetone and give the whole head a good wash scrub. This will remove any oils or remnants of stripper and give you a nice clean surface for the paint. Let it all dry out and now its time to get to painting!

I first use a q-tip to apply a little of the rubbing alcohol to the spaces I'm going to paint. This thins the paint slightly to allow a nice glassy finish when it dries without bubbles. You just need the slightest sheen, not a puddle. This takes practice and it took me a few tries to get right. Now with a toothpick dipped in the paint start applying the paint into the spaces. The paint should "travel" to fill the spaces. If you go outside the lines a little bit thats ok, but start light then work your way thicker. When the paint starts to dry you will get a good feel for how it will finish. If you dont like the opacity, start over. Dont apply a coat over the first.

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The topline of the Kombi s was tough because of the angle. I decided on gloss white here for function over form.

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So now after all the paint is applied (depending on angles and position you may have to wait to do certain sections, but I recommend holding off on clean up until you are all done) you are going to have some over paint. No worries. Just let it all dry. This takes a while. Heat will help acrylic paints, but enamels only dry by oxidation and that takes time. I wait overnight.
After all the paint is dry grab a lint free cloth or used t-shirt and dip it into the non acetone remover. I use the non acetone here because it does the job without the fear of stripping the paint in the grooves. Using light pressure rub the moist rag over the over painted areas making sure not to get the cloth in the painted grooves until all the unwanted paint is gone.

Now you have a DIY custom club. The beauty of this is if you arent totally happy you can do it as many times as you want.
Enjoy the final product.

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Posted 18 December 2010 - 12:39 PM

thanks for the great write up, putter looks great

#3 HuckleBogey_Finn

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Posted 18 December 2010 - 02:33 PM

Ive posted these before, but heres my wedges also.
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Posted 18 December 2010 - 02:49 PM

thanks for the pics and descriptions of products used, im thinking about trying this myself so nice to see what works and what doesnt without having to do the trial and error on my own.

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Posted 19 December 2010 - 04:45 PM

Your welcome. Torch wedges are my next DIY project. We'll see how it goes!


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Posted 19 December 2010 - 05:27 PM

Very nice. Never knew about putting some rubbing alcohol on the parts that are getting painted. When i did my clubs i always got air bubbles and never knew how to get rid of them. So thanks for that tip.

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Posted 19 December 2010 - 06:00 PM

+1 nice work...my only suggestion is too stick with acetone to remove paint. Industrial strength paint remover could damage the finish. Also, try a needle applicator bottle to apply paint to stamp...less mess.

Well done. Hope your day goes well !  :clapping:



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Posted 19 December 2010 - 06:02 PM

Tal strip will not affect finish at all. Needles are great but everyone has tooth picks around the house and work fine

Edited by MikeVeredas, 19 December 2010 - 11:18 PM.


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Posted 19 December 2010 - 07:18 PM

My Iphone keeps auto correcting Tal strip to tap. I do know the difference just dont catch it when it corrects.

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Posted 19 December 2010 - 08:23 PM

Great tutorial. Best one I have seen yet. Thank you very much!!

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Posted 19 December 2010 - 09:46 PM

View PostBNich0622, on 19 December 2010 - 08:23 PM, said:

Great tutorial. Best one I have seen yet. Thank you very much!!


Very flattering! Thanks!

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Posted 19 December 2010 - 10:49 PM

Wow. This is fantastic. Thank you so much. My struggle was removing excess paint.

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Posted 20 December 2010 - 11:21 AM

Sweet.  My new irons(when the day comes) may get a nice custom paintfill job.

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Posted 20 December 2010 - 09:34 PM

This is good enough to deserve a sticky.
Hey, you know what would be great?
If you made a VIDEO showing how.
My respect for you would go through the roof.
It's at the roof right now.

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Posted 20 December 2010 - 09:40 PM

I totally would but I have no video equipment. Big thanks for the compliment of thinking its good enough for a sticky!!!


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Posted 20 December 2010 - 09:40 PM

I totally would but I have no video equipment. Big thanks for the compliment of thinking its good enough for a sticky!!!

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Posted 21 December 2010 - 08:10 PM

Nice tutorial.Go Giants.

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Posted 21 December 2010 - 08:45 PM

View PostMikeVeredas, on 19 December 2010 - 09:46 PM, said:

View PostBNich0622, on 19 December 2010 - 08:23 PM, said:

Great tutorial. Best one I have seen yet. Thank you very much!!


Very flattering! Thanks!


I have struggled with the removing process, and get fed up and try to paint over the existing which never turns out well. But you I think may have solved the problem! Bravo.
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Posted 21 December 2010 - 08:47 PM

View PostMikeVeredas, on 20 December 2010 - 09:40 PM, said:

I totally would but I have no video equipment. Big thanks for the compliment of thinking its good enough for a sticky!!!


Boo! I take all my kind words back! hahah......JK!!  I agree with the previous poster. Someone always makes a new thread about "how do I...?" this would make things much easier for everyone.
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Posted 22 December 2010 - 12:28 AM

Hey if someone wants to do a little cinematography I'd be all about doing a video. I actually have experience in video editing, I just don't have the camera. I will give it a whirl after Xmas with my iPhone but I doubt the results will be very good.

Edited by MikeVeredas, 23 December 2010 - 01:35 AM.


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Posted 22 December 2010 - 12:34 AM

Mike,

You're a gentleman and a scholar.  I just cut and pasted all your procedural text to my notepad...and printing it now for future use...thank you very much.

J

Fear The Beard!!!!!

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#22 HuckleBogey_Finn

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Posted 22 December 2010 - 04:26 PM

Fear the beard indeed!!!
Bnich, yeah you have to be at bare metal. I tried the "just add paint" method and it just doesn't work.

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Posted 22 December 2010 - 04:28 PM

I VOTE STICKY (again)

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Posted 23 December 2010 - 12:07 AM

Great thread.  This should be pinned at the top.

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Posted 23 December 2010 - 10:31 PM

Appreciate the kind words guys! Merry Xmas to you all...hope Santa brings you all birdies.


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Posted 23 December 2010 - 10:36 PM

I have referred this thread to about 5 different people in the last  2 days.
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Posted 23 December 2010 - 10:38 PM

WOW...my little slice of Internet stardom. I'm just really glad it's been helpful to others! If only sharp paint jobs could lead to lower scores...HA!

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Posted 24 December 2010 - 06:12 PM

I'm dense.  I need the video.

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Posted 25 December 2010 - 11:38 PM

Ok, if there is anyone here willing to send me a camera to borrow (like a flip hd or something of the sort) and would trust me enough to send it back when I'm done I will be happy to make a video. I can edit no problem I just need a way to film the content. So any takers??? It's about the only way I'd be able to do a video...

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Posted 28 December 2010 - 03:58 PM

Nobody??? :(


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