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PU toe guards
« on: April 28, 2022, 03:07:19 PM »

Any makers/repairers experimented with these?
Ive slowly worked my way towards something pretty good but always keen to learn together and share learnings.
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Re: PU toe guards
« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2022, 03:20:33 PM »

Here are some of my attempts, first one was so easy to work with, but fast too hard and shattered with the first strike from a mallet. Second and third goes were way better toe guards, but their softness meant shaping them was a ball ache.













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Re: PU toe guards
« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2022, 08:03:49 PM »

Any makers/repairers experimented with these?
Ive slowly worked my way towards something pretty good but always keen to learn together and share learnings.

Hey mate, PU is what is used on a fair few up and coming bat makers bats (WCW, Scott, Owens, etc as far as I can tell) I've also played around with it too, found one that had 95 shore hardness, and was still very flexible - very good product. Ball ache for me was the setting time, but other than that, I can't fault them.
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Re: PU toe guards
« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2022, 08:39:44 PM »

I used 85, have ordered some 95 to see the difference.
My biggest issue has been getting them to stand at the right angle to get it to set fairly straight.
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Re: PU toe guards
« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2022, 07:41:01 AM »

My Keeley has a PU toeguard - much prefer it to the rubber. It's survived some meaty hand jarring Yorkers so far.
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Re: PU toe guards
« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2022, 09:40:07 AM »

What sort of weight are the PU toeguards compared to Rubber? With the few I've seen/felt I much prefer them to rubber.
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Re: PU toe guards
« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2022, 09:47:18 AM »

I add around 0.8oz of Pu, but Id guess somewhere between a third and a half of that gets removed when you start shaping it and sanding.
« Last Edit: June 06, 2022, 10:35:17 AM by Kulli »
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Re: PU toe guards
« Reply #7 on: June 06, 2022, 10:19:20 AM »

What sort of weight are the PU toeguards compared to Rubber? With the few I've seen/felt I much prefer them to rubber.

I'm tipping that's a typo from @Kulli? I set around 16g (just over half oz) but then this obviously reduces when finishing. So in the end it probably adds less than a 1/4 of an oz. Setting one this morning so will confirm. Much better than std toe guards imo, as they stay on and mine didn't move for a full season last year. If fitted correctly thei don't just peel off and I could have left it on but put a new one on when i refurbed my bat ready for this season. I tap my bat a lot and it wears incredibly well, looks better and there are are no gaps for water to penetrate. They're obviously flexible too, so no downsides at all for me.
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Re: PU toe guards
« Reply #8 on: June 06, 2022, 11:16:21 AM »

Pardon my ignorance, but what exactly is this material? Does anyone have a link to where one can buy it? How exactly do you guys work with this to fit the toe guard?
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Re: PU toe guards
« Reply #9 on: June 06, 2022, 01:19:43 PM »

Just done a toe guard and it added less than a 1/4 of an oz.
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Re: PU toe guards
« Reply #10 on: June 06, 2022, 02:24:02 PM »

The legend himself warns against using material that is too hard:

9:32 mark - https://youtu.be/Z_e3AFndzmM
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Re: PU toe guards
« Reply #11 on: June 06, 2022, 02:35:39 PM »

The legend himself warns against using material that is too hard:

9:32 mark - https://youtu.be/Z_e3AFndzmM
One of the more confusing myths floating around that one. 'Taking the toe with it'?!
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Re: PU toe guards
« Reply #12 on: June 06, 2022, 03:08:32 PM »

The legend himself warns against using material that is too hard:

9:32 mark - https://youtu.be/Z_e3AFndzmM

He's talking about epoxy. What i use (and what others have discussed) isn't epoxy and as stated above is flexible.
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Re: PU toe guards
« Reply #13 on: June 06, 2022, 03:17:09 PM »

Just done a toe guard and it added less than a 1/4 of an oz.

I'm a big fan of this style of toe guard. Hate the traditional ones but these don't hide any damage to the toe in the same way, keep water and mud out better and they're lighter. What's not to like?
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Re: PU toe guards
« Reply #14 on: October 04, 2022, 06:19:45 AM »

Hi,

I have always used Shoe goo and new to this thread. Looks interesting. Can anyone help me with the steps to apply PU toe guard?

Is this in a gel form to apply or something different?
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