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WalkingWicket37

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End of 2020 season clean up!
« on: April 11, 2020, 11:24:56 AM »

Well, what with everything that's going on in the world I've faced the fact we're unlikely to have any cricket for the foreseeable. As a result I decided I'd do an "end of season" cleanup on the bat I abused in the winter nets.





This was my match bat last season and it hadn't sustained any damage. That was using decent quality balls in matches though. As people bowl with painted rocks in nets there were some nasty looking dents and seam marks when I removed the scuff sheet.



There were also some "creases" in the edge from the compression.





And just for good measure there were some cracks in the heartwood on my inside edge.



At this stage I came to two conclusions.
1) winter nets are not a kind place for bats
2) these problems wouldn't be so bad if I used the middle of my bat
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Re: End of 2020 season clean up!
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2020, 11:48:18 AM »

The first thing I decided to address was the compression to the edges and the seam marks.

This was pretty easy to fix as I got the LV mallet out and further knocked the bat in until it was level again.



Once I'd finished knocking the bat it turned out there was a crack under where the "crease" had been on the outside edge.



And I may have been overzealous as the cracks in the heartwood appeared to have got worse!



The first thing I decided to repair was the crack in the edge. I opened this up a little way and decided liquid superglue was the best for this as it would seep the whole way in without having to open the crack too far.





I packed this with glue and wrapped tightly with sellotape to hold everything in place while the glue dried. Once this was dry I applied a further drizzle of glue over the top of the repair and sanded it whole the glue was wet. This fully sealed the area and gave a nice smooth surface once done.



And lastly I used superglue to seal the cracks in the heartwood. I filled the cracks and sanded the bat while the glue was still wet again giving a smooth finish.



I then gave the areas round the repair a sand up to 800 grit and applied a light coat of oil so the face remains the same colour.

All I need to do now is apply a new scuff sheet and I'm ready for the 2021 season!

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Re: End of 2020 season clean up!
« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2020, 12:02:51 PM »

Nice mallet. Which LV mallet is this one?
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Re: End of 2020 season clean up!
« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2020, 12:36:35 PM »

Nice mallet. Which LV mallet is this one?

Very good question. I got it off eBay with very little information so I don't actually know.
From looking at Elivars website I think it's a Ulysses. Whatever it is I'd recommend one, they make knocking in a lot easier.
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Re: End of 2020 season clean up!
« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2020, 02:34:13 PM »

Good work. Is that a little tooth pick you used to open up the crack? Always difficult to open these up without causing more damage.
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Re: End of 2020 season clean up!
« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2020, 03:07:28 PM »

It is indeed a tooth pick.
I've found these to be excellent for fiddly little cracks when doing repairs.
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Re: End of 2020 season clean up!
« Reply #6 on: April 11, 2020, 05:24:07 PM »

That is a superb life hack!! Defo use that method for cracks
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Re: End of 2020 season clean up!
« Reply #7 on: April 11, 2020, 05:26:49 PM »

Lovely little repair/refurb that Cam
Ive not tried sanding wet super glue tho, Ill have to have a go at that

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Re: End of 2020 season clean up!
« Reply #8 on: April 11, 2020, 10:14:56 PM »

Yes it's a trick recommended by lots e.g. Aldred in one of his videos (he who shall not be mentioned,...). But to be honest I find it better to hold it firm with e. g. tape or clamp, let the glue dry a bit and then sand. Possibly that leaves a little dark staining, but hardly at all.
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