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How sarg does his "shoegoo varnish" thingy on toes
« on: July 09, 2018, 11:03:47 AM »

The title is self explanatory. I was really impressed by how @sarg does toe guards on the bats he reviews/prepares. And I'd like to know how he does it. It'd be mighty appreciated if he did a small video on his yt channel explaining the process and the materials used. Looks to be a much more sustainable and better looking option than having to stick the toe guard back on every couple of weeks. Cheers!

Ps. I also loved his views on different types of scuff sheets. Really good information.
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Re: How sarg does his "shoegoo varnish" thingy on toes
« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2018, 11:09:30 AM »

Errr No.

There is no way i will disclose my secret two layers of linseed oil followed by one layer of a clear oil based varnish before finishing with a single later of shoe goo (waiting for each coat to dry). Never.

Damn. I had it made until I wrote all that down. @Mfarank
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Re: How sarg does his "shoegoo varnish" thingy on toes
« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2018, 11:18:47 AM »

@sarg why do you oil if covering with two other water resistant layers anyway? While you are busy not sharing secrets what varnish do you tend to go for? :) Ta!
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Re: How sarg does his "shoegoo varnish" thingy on toes
« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2018, 11:26:07 AM »

he does an incredibly neat job thats for sure!




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Re: How sarg does his "shoegoo varnish" thingy on toes
« Reply #4 on: July 09, 2018, 11:30:25 AM »

@sarg why do you oil if covering with two other water resistant layers anyway? While you are busy not sharing secrets what varnish do you tend to go for? :) Ta!


I dont want a brittle toe. Oils penetrate the toe, but before it fully sets I very lightly varnish the toe and stand it upside down. The varnish should seal the ends of the fibres  in a capillary action. it also makes  a tacky surface that the shoe goo bonds too really well.

I did do two layers of varnish, but I have stopped that.

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Re: How sarg does his "shoegoo varnish" thingy on toes
« Reply #5 on: July 09, 2018, 11:41:27 AM »

he does an incredibly neat job thats for sure!





That bat is top secret @delazy! Btw courier didnt come today. Leaving tomorrow.
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« Reply #6 on: July 09, 2018, 11:43:02 AM »

post the before and after shots @delazy!
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Re: How sarg does his "shoegoo varnish" thingy on toes
« Reply #7 on: July 09, 2018, 12:39:32 PM »

Errr No.

There is no way i will disclose my secret two layers of linseed oil followed by one layer of a clear oil based varnish before finishing with a single later of shoe goo (waiting for each coat to dry). Never.

Damn. I had it made until I wrote all that down. @Mfarank
Hahaha cheers mate! Keep up the good work!
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Re: How sarg does his "shoegoo varnish" thingy on toes
« Reply #8 on: July 10, 2018, 01:31:22 AM »

As always , nice work sarg .
I have been doing shoe goo toes for about 25yrs so i know how to get a nice , neat surface (it is actually easy , once the outer surface forms a skin and is touch dry you can use your fingers to smooth out the surface etc) . But , i think a lot of people avoid shoe goo simply because they tried it once or twice , got messy results , and then avoided it in the future .
I say the newbies should stick it out , even practice doing a couple of old bats first , until they are confident .
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« Reply #9 on: July 10, 2018, 01:32:55 AM »

^also , for the first six hrs or so you can push the goo around a bit to even it out on the toe if necessary.
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Re: How sarg does his "shoegoo varnish" thingy on toes
« Reply #10 on: July 10, 2018, 02:54:54 AM »


I say the newbies should stick it out , even practice doing a couple of old bats first , until they are confident .

Can confirm that's me...have done a couple of personal bats over the years but never been satisfied with the finish I was able to get...being incredibly fussy I generally went without...will definitely give it another crack with the tips...thankfully I can thank @sarg for the awesome finish on the new stick!
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Re: How sarg does his "shoegoo varnish" thingy on toes
« Reply #11 on: July 10, 2018, 05:17:58 AM »

^also , for the first six hrs or so you can push the goo around a bit to even it out on the toe if necessary.


Apply with a knife. spread it out. Then lick your finger and spread it around and smooth it out. Like applying silicone. don't lick your finger afterwards lol.

then stand it upside down and leave it for 24 hours. I use a cloth buffer to get a nice edge.
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Re: How sarg does his "shoegoo varnish" thingy on toes
« Reply #12 on: July 10, 2018, 07:05:31 AM »

I know someone who over the years has eaten about 2kgs of the stuff , finger licking good , it is the best protection for your bats toe bu far , now marc @sarg , do you prefer to oil or wax  a bat , that is another question for you to share your knowledge on ???
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« Reply #13 on: July 10, 2018, 09:49:28 AM »

I know someone who over the years has eaten about 2kgs of the stuff , finger licking good , it is the best protection for your bats toe bu far , now marc @sarg , do you prefer to oil or wax  a bat , that is another question for you to share your knowledge on ???


For me , initially a couple coats of oil. Then wax the back/exposed areas , then maintain with wax .
Others like Mr Myagi prefer to wax on , wax off . ( oh no , he didn't,  did he ?)  ;) :D
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Re: How sarg does his "shoegoo varnish" thingy on toes
« Reply #14 on: July 10, 2018, 09:53:08 AM »


Apply with a knife. spread it out. Then lick your finger and spread it around and smooth it out. Like applying silicone. don't lick your finger afterwards lol.

then stand it upside down and leave it for 24 hours. I use a cloth buffer to get a nice edge.


Interesting to see others getting great results with varied techniques. Go to show, once you've done a few shoe goo toes, and become familiar with its spreading/curing/drying tendencies , you can start to get confident with what you can do to the stuff while still getting good results.
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