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velvetsky01

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Winter Bat Care
« on: October 02, 2017, 10:52:18 AM »

Hi all,

As we are now in October and all English cricket has all but finished. I was wondering what people do in terms of bat care/storage for the winter?

I referbished one of mine yesterday here is what I did - Took scuff off - white spirit - light sand - coat of oil. Not going to re scuff until I use it next season - I always worry it;ll get too dry underneath.

But not really sure where to store it - I normally store in the garage but not sure where the best place was or where most people do.

What are your routines?
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Re: Winter Bat Care
« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2017, 11:26:27 AM »

Where to store them really depends of the moisture levels in your garage/spare room etc. Wherever is fairly
Dry and not too warm or cold.
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Re: Winter Bat Care
« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2017, 01:17:40 PM »

Yep
Dry and airy mine are in the garage out of there sleeves.
Anywhere to cold they put on weight to hot they lose weight.
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Re: Winter Bat Care
« Reply #3 on: October 02, 2017, 01:46:28 PM »

In the office, next to me at all times should the need arise for impromptu air cover drives.... which is actually pretty often.... that is normal isn't it?

I want to try and keep netting over Winter so it doesn't make sense to hide them away. I did clean with white spirit, give a light sand, rescuff and whack a new grip on. Tinkered a bit with taping up different handle shapes in the process but the air cover drive test told me everything was better how it was before faffing :)
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Re: Winter Bat Care
« Reply #4 on: October 02, 2017, 01:58:09 PM »

Old scuff off, glue removed, sanded and oiled. Back in their covers and stored in the house. Will re-scuff a few weeks before the start of winter nets.
Job done. Now unfortunately I'm bored.
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Re: Winter Bat Care
« Reply #5 on: October 02, 2017, 02:05:59 PM »

Why remove the scuff sheet at the end of the season?
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Re: Winter Bat Care
« Reply #6 on: October 02, 2017, 02:29:19 PM »

Why remove the scuff sheet at the end of the season?

My bats look like the incredible hulk after a few nets with the bowling machine. I'd happily keep cherries if I could bat long enough but I rather have a clean face for the start of the season/ winter nets compared green smudges all over
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Re: Winter Bat Care
« Reply #7 on: October 02, 2017, 03:06:22 PM »

All grips pulled off any binding or removing straggly one to be done need to replace antiscuff on 2 bats one only requires a clean up and a touch of edging tape stickers removed from all and will then give a good sanding to blend the old sticker marks and any maintenance required I will then leave oiling stickering and re gripping until towards the end of winter nets as will use the bat is ready to go for nets

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Re: Winter Bat Care
« Reply #8 on: October 02, 2017, 03:47:15 PM »

My bats look like the incredible hulk after a few nets with the bowling machine. I'd happily keep cherries if I could bat long enough but I rather have a clean face for the start of the season/ winter nets compared green smudges all over

So, it is for cosmetic reasons and not for reasons of actual willow care/longevity?

I don't remove the scuff sheet on my bats, I  keep it on until it tears and needs to be replaced. I have not witnessed any affect on performance or longevity of the bat by leaving the scuff sheet on.
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Re: Winter Bat Care
« Reply #9 on: October 02, 2017, 04:00:13 PM »

Yep, purely cosmetic although over the Winter I might swap one as the balls at certain indoor places are so knackered they grind through and churn up a scuff sheet pretty quickly. Fibreglass sheets seems less affected by this for some reason.

Edit: as @Gurujames says, also a good chance to tend to minor cracks and give the face a once over
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Re: Winter Bat Care
« Reply #10 on: October 02, 2017, 04:00:30 PM »

Removing the scuff also allows you to address any cracks that may have appeared. Sometimes they are not easily visible under a heavily cherried scuff.
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Re: Winter Bat Care
« Reply #11 on: October 02, 2017, 06:32:07 PM »

Yes this is the main reason for doing it. I also find the willow gets very dry underneath the scuff. I like to give my bats a coat of oil/wax every couple of months in the winter too.

Any bat I have left with the scuff on for a long period has suffered from some delamination/willow coming away from surface and sounds different from rest of bat when tapped. So with my current crop of bats I would like to stop that lol

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Re: Winter Bat Care
« Reply #12 on: October 03, 2017, 03:19:09 PM »

Yes this is the main reason for doing it. I also find the willow gets very dry underneath the scuff. I like to give my bats a coat of oil/wax every couple of months in the winter too.

Any bat I have left with the scuff on for a long period has suffered from some delamination/willow coming away from surface and sounds different from rest of bat when tapped. So with my current crop of bats I would like to stop that lol

I have a lot of bats sitting in my closet that have the scuff sheet on for many years. Obviously, those bats haven't seen a lot of action. Should I remove all those scuff sheets and oil the faces?
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Re: Winter Bat Care
« Reply #13 on: October 03, 2017, 03:30:34 PM »

Yes this is the main reason for doing it. I also find the willow gets very dry underneath the scuff. I like to give my bats a coat of oil/wax every couple of months in the winter too.

Any bat I have left with the scuff on for a long period has suffered from some delamination/willow coming away from surface and sounds different from rest of bat when tapped. So with my current crop of bats I would like to stop that lol

I'm sure it LOOKS dry when you remove the sheet, bats always do after a sheet has been removed, but it would be impossible for the face of the bat to lose moisture through a non porous plastic barrier...?

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Re: Winter Bat Care
« Reply #14 on: October 03, 2017, 04:28:18 PM »

I have a lot of bats sitting in my closet that have the scuff sheet on for many years. Obviously, those bats haven't seen a lot of action. Should I remove all those scuff sheets and oil the faces?
There would be no need to.
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