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How to Remove the Nicks and Dings from a Golf Club

In the world of refinishing, this is by far the most important preliminary step.  After years of use, golf clubs will get beat up, and in order to make them appear “new,” it is important to remove these signs of use.  When I first began learning how to refinish golf clubs, it took me a while to learn how to do this.  There aren’t many tutorials out there specific to the technique that is shown in the video below.  Anyways, this is the first step in ANY refinishing process.

Before Starting This Tutorial, Your Club Must

Materials Needed

  • Protective Gloves and Eye-wear
  • 6″ Bench Grinder/Buffer
    with 1/2″ arbor holes (the cheapest and most readily available deburring and polishing wheels fit are 6″ in diameter with 1/2″ arbor holes)

    • I linked to a Buffer on Amazon, which I don’t currently use, but looks like a good setup for what we are trying to accomplish here.  I already owned a bench grinder when I got into this, so didn’t bother to buy the proper “buffing” grinder.
  • 6″ x 1/4″ x 1/2″ fine deburring wheel (You might have to look around for this one.  These aren’t very common)
  • 6″ x 1/2″ x 1/2″ fine deburring wheel

Note: when finding a bench grinder, the size of the grinder doesn’t matter.  A 6″ or 8″ grinder will work, but be sure to match the wheel sizes to the grinder size!  I recommend purchasing the bench grinder first, and then purchasing the wheels that will fit it.  The materials listed above are the materials that I have.  Yes, they are expensive, but all the materials listed above will last a long time.  I have been using the same bench grinder and wheels for three years now, and expect to use them for another year at least!

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  1. Any attribution you would like (i.e. Instagram Handle)
  2. Your first name
  3. A link to your photo album (i.e. Google Photos, Dropbox)
  4. (Optional) Descriptions of each photo (how you did it)

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