GM Epic 707
My first bat to refurb is my GM Epic, which I have a bit of a soft spot for. I have owned the bat nearly two years and it hadn't received a refurb so it was at the top of my list.
It didn't need much work doing to it, removal of the scuff sheet, small bit of damage to the toe and bit of TLC.
First up was the removal of the scuff sheet, which came off with relative ease thanks to the Mrs hairdryer. Always remember to pull the sheet off from edge to edge to minimise any wood coming off with the sheet. Another tip is to keep the scuff sheet as a template for the new one.
The scuff had hidden this little crack which shouldn't cause any worries.
Next up was removing the toe guard using the hairdryer to check for any damage. During a soggy net session, the toe had inflated so it needed some sanding to bring it back in line with the rest of the bat. GM toe guards I have found to be the best in the market, by actually staying on the bat! I will reuse the toe guard with the help of some super glue.
Onto the sanding, first up is removing any glue from the scuff. I used a touch of linseed oil to help ease off the residue with some 60 sandpaper. As the sandpaper heats up the glue, use a left over credit card to scrap it off along the grain. In my case, I use my old university card to the best of its abilities.
Once all the glue is off, I go through a variety of grades of sandpaper (60, 100, 180, 240, 600) to provide a smooth finish. The key is to not fly through the grades and make sure the finish is consistent across the bat. I hand sanded during the whole process, using the block for the face and edges and off cuts to work on rounding off the edges. As you can see from the photos, make sure you tape over the stickers if you want to save them.
Sanding complete, the bat looks excellent and the 600 grade sandpaper really finishes it off brilliantly, I love how smooth the finish is. I have given the bat a coat of oil to finish it off ready for a new scuff sheet in a few days time once the bat has soaked up all the oil.