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PostPosted: Sat Aug 26, 2017 9:57 pm 
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Is it best to leave shafts for cues such as Balabushkas, Gus Szambotis, etc., dirty? I can't see any value to leaving them a nasty bluish-grey, but perhaps I am wrong. Thoughts?

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 27, 2017 3:33 am 
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RunScott wrote:
Is it best to leave shafts for cues such as Balabushkas, Gus Szambotis, etc., dirty? I can't see any value to leaving them a nasty bluish-grey, but perhaps I am wrong. Thoughts?


I think a lot of people like the look of a well used shaft. I think that as long as you don't use a technique that damages the wood fibers or shaft in any way than I can't see any reason why not to do it. I feel the same way about cleaning up the butt.

Jim <----- dumb enough to refinish old cues

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 27, 2017 12:20 pm 
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Thanks Jim. An antique cue I own had been sent out for a LOA. The cuemaker 'cleaned' the butt and put new tips on the shafts, but did not clean the shafts. I thought there must be a reason for it.

Normally the first thing I do when I receive really dirty shafts is clean them. Generally I don't have to do it again for several years.

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I find that a magic eraser and some warm water does a nice job without doing damage to the wood, I feel you can take out dents and lighten the shaft a few shades. Also when done you can seal the shaft and get a much smoother more playable better looking shaft. I don't feel it hurts the cue or it's value. I can see why a Cuemaker wouldn't want to do this work without being told first, that's the best policy for a Cuemaker and imo how it should be handled.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 28, 2017 9:06 am 
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I like my cues playable... if its too dirty or dinged up, it's getting cleaned/repaired.

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