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Sand paper Question
« on: February 12, 2019, 11:35:27 PM »


So what's a good sandpaper number to remove the dirt and ball marks, and then give the entire bat, a good face lift where the surface becomes smooth?

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Re: Sand paper Question
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2019, 11:48:59 PM »

You'll need more than one grade if you want a smooth finish as well as getting the marks out. For a refurb I usually go 100 - 180 - 240 grit.
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Re: Sand paper Question
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2019, 03:35:19 AM »

You'll need more than one grade if you want a smooth finish as well as getting the marks out. For a refurb I usually go 100 - 180 - 240 grit.

OK sounds good.
Will give it a shot.

Thanks.
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Re: Sand paper Question
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2019, 07:08:56 AM »

Cant help with the sandpaper but I use a squirt of nail varnish remover on a cotton wool pad to clean the cherries off my bats
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Re: Sand paper Question
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2019, 08:36:19 AM »

If you want a really smooth finish use the grades above plus a specialist finishing paper followed by a specialist polishing paper.
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Re: Sand paper Question
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2019, 09:29:42 AM »

What grade do people go up to when doing a refurb?

If there are heavy sticker imprints or a lot of residue I start at 120, if not I'll start at 240.

I start om the orbital with 120 and/or 240, then hand sand with 240, 320 & 400. If I'm feeling like I want a really smooth finish I sometimes apply a light coat of linseed then go over the whole blade with 600 grit wet and dry.

@Seniorplayer how much difference does a finishing and polishing paper make compared to just using 400 or 600 grit wet and dry?

And why do I care? After a couple of weeks being used and thrown around in a kit bag the finish is gone anyway...
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Re: Sand paper Question
« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2019, 10:48:15 AM »

What grade do people go up to when doing a refurb?

If there are heavy sticker imprints or a lot of residue I start at 120, if not I'll start at 240.

I start om the orbital with 120 and/or 240, then hand sand with 240, 320 & 400. If I'm feeling like I want a really smooth finish I sometimes apply a light coat of linseed then go over the whole blade with 600 grit wet and dry.

@Seniorplayer how much difference does a finishing and polishing paper make compared to just using 400 or 600 grit wet and dry?

And why do I care? After a couple of weeks being used and thrown around in a kit bag the finish is gone anyway...

More aesthetically pleasing  when players collect there bats also  as the names suggest finishing paper nicer smoother finish to the touch compared to sandpaper polishing paper  a type of glass paper gives the willow a nice gleaming silky  finish  done properly restores bats to original visual conditon.

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Re: Sand paper Question
« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2019, 09:05:12 PM »

I tend to go for 180, 240, 400. I'm going to get myself a buffing wheel to see if I can get a NorthernMonkey style sheen.
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Re: Sand paper Question
« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2019, 09:39:47 PM »

For a new bat I'll go right up the grades, for a refurb I don't think it's worth going over 240. If you go for an as new finish you're going to sand an ounce plus off the bat to do it, so 240 is more than enough. Especially considering all you're going to do is go and hit balls with it anyway!
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Re: Sand paper Question
« Reply #9 on: February 13, 2019, 09:54:02 PM »

Agree with most on here, Ive got a small orbital sander and usually start with 120 and work to 240. If Im pushing the boat out I might go a bit higher but very rarely. Bat wax and a soft cloth gives a nice finish with a bit of elbow grease
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Re: Sand paper Question
« Reply #10 on: February 13, 2019, 10:07:39 PM »

Nobody's made a Bancroft/Warner joke yet?
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Re: Sand paper Question
« Reply #11 on: February 14, 2019, 07:59:11 AM »

Im upto 1500 grit these days and Im still not happy on new bats! As long as batmakers keep finishing on 240grit Ill be happy
As for refurbs,,, urr shocking how bad some people treat their bats, wouldnt mind if they scored loads of runs.
As has been said its nigh on impossible to get an as new finish without removing loads of wood
Im trying my best to avoid refurbs
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