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#1 jkawaguchi

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Posted 18 March 2007 - 12:53 PM

Hey all...I just picked this putter up yesterday at a flea market and I'm looking to clean it up just a little bit at home...any suggestions?  I know that if I get it too clean, it'll be too bright in the sun, which I don't want.  I just want to smooth a few of the dings out, any help would be appreciated...I'm used to buying new items, but this reminds me of the putter my uncle started me out in golf with...

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Posted 18 March 2007 - 01:24 PM

Tarn-x (available at Wal-Mart) is the best thing to clean off the crud and brighten things up a little.  There was a recent thread about BeCu Ansers--take a look at that for other tips on cleaning up an old Ping.

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Posted 18 March 2007 - 01:56 PM

Thanks...I read that thread.  I'm assuming that this putter is manganese bronze instead of BeCu, but I'm assuming that I can use the BeCu techniques...

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Posted 18 March 2007 - 02:26 PM

Yes--there shouldn't be a difference.  I've used tarn-x on my own Ping Pal, which is manganese bronze.

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Posted 18 March 2007 - 03:19 PM

You can also soak it in coke for a night, then take some steel wool to it.  I wouldn't worry about getting it too clean, because once you start using it again it will patina very quickly.


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Posted 18 March 2007 - 05:14 PM

It will come up pretty shiny but if you put gun blue on it you can get some interesting effects.
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Posted 18 March 2007 - 06:21 PM

This is a little off topic, but since I have a renewed interest in Ping putters, what is the history behind this putter?  Would mine be one of the original run or a copy?  This is just a classic shape for a putter, I see myself buying more and refinishing them as well...

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Posted 18 March 2007 - 07:23 PM

Ping made a bazillion of those putters so I believe the collectability value is very low.  You can get them on eBay for $20 to $40.  They are still nice putters, just not rare.  If you wanted to collect a number of the manganese bronze Ping putters you could do so for not a lot of money.  I believe only when you get into the really rare stuff (like Anser Scottsdales made in the 1960's) will the value skyrocket.

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Posted 18 March 2007 - 07:30 PM

Thanks for the info, I went out for 14 holes today...I had an allergy attack on the front and shot a (I'm almost ashamed to admit to this) 55.   :tongue:  But on the back, I was 2 under through 5 holes and was really feeling like I was rolling it pretty good.  This putter is in my bag for awhile...

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Posted 18 March 2007 - 09:32 PM

I used my Ping Pal from 1984 (when I was 14) until 2006.  It still looks great despite the fact I never used a cover (but I always took good care of it).  I got my daughter one off eBay and cut it to 30 inches for her (she's 10).  Ping made some great putters.


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Posted 18 March 2007 - 10:49 PM

They sure did...I think I found a new hobby to add to my golf addiction  :tongue:   Will the patina form if the putter isn't taken outside and used?  I'm planning on starting a Ping putter collection, hopefully mostly BeCu, but also some manganese bronze, and cleaning them up to the shine and then hanging them on my office wall...

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Posted 18 March 2007 - 11:20 PM

View Postjkawaguchi, on Mar 18 2007, 10:49 PM, said:

They sure did...I think I found a new hobby to add to my golf addiction  :tongue:   Will the patina form if the putter isn't taken outside and used?  I'm planning on starting a Ping putter collection, hopefully mostly BeCu, but also some manganese bronze, and cleaning them up to the shine and then hanging them on my office wall...

It will form, it will just take longer.  And FWIW, if you plan on really having collectible stuff, and maybe selling it at some point, you'll want to have the patina.  Collectors look for it, and old clubs not having it or being shiny, generally brings the value down.

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Posted 18 March 2007 - 11:29 PM

Thanks bma725, I'll put the collectible pieces in my closet away from my daughter and may shine up a couple beaters for the wall...

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Posted 19 March 2007 - 04:16 AM

View Postjkawaguchi, on Mar 18 2007, 01:21 PM, said:

This is a little off topic, but since I have a renewed interest in Ping putters, what is the history behind this putter?  Would mine be one of the original run or a copy?  This is just a classic shape for a putter, I see myself buying more and refinishing them as well...


That looks like a zip code 85020 Pal which is one of the older ones.  Value wise, it's not going to command the prices it once did pre-Cameron but it's still a nice old putter to have.  I believe Tom Watson used a Ping Pal for ages back when he was in his prime.

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Posted 19 March 2007 - 10:26 AM

View Postpitbull808, on Mar 19 2007, 04:16 AM, said:

That looks like a zip code 85020 Pal which is one of the older ones.  Value wise, it's not going to command the prices it once did pre-Cameron but it's still a nice old putter to have.  I believe Tom Watson used a Ping Pal for ages back when he was in his prime.


That's why I bought my Ping Pal in 1984--Tom Watson used it.


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Posted 21 March 2007 - 07:46 PM

Sandy Lyle won a Masters with one (and a host of other events) too.

I've got one that i used for years.

Beautiful. But not when they've been butchered with Brasso. The patina makes them for me.

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Posted 21 March 2007 - 08:33 PM

I haven't removed the patina yet, but there is quite a bit of bag chatter, with the topline slightly rolled over the face.  Does anyone know the best way to remove this roll?  I've made up my mind to keep the patina on, but I would like to touch up the overall look of the putter...

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Posted 21 March 2007 - 08:39 PM

Its hard to get rid of roll and bag chatter without taking off the patina and making it shiny.

If it's gonna be a gamer I'd leave the patina on, if you want to display I'd get out the sanding belts.
Eventually it will get it's patina back, it will just take a while.

All of the ones I've "fixed" looked fine after sanding, they're just too bright to use.

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Posted 21 March 2007 - 10:43 PM

You can clean up the putter with a metal file and steel wool and then tarn-x it to make it a uniform color.  The patina will start coming back within weeks.  I tarn-x'd a Ping Pal a couple weeks ago and it's already looking pretty good as far as the patina coming back.  It will come back--no worries there.

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Posted 22 March 2007 - 12:08 AM

Thanks everyone!!!  I now have a weekend project...I'll just slip it ahead of cleaning out the garage... ;)


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