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acushnet vintage golf putter refinish

How to Restore and Polish a Vintage Putter

Polishing a golf club doesn’t provide much utility to someone looking to use the clubs, but can make a collector very happy.  I like polishing vintage putters, but you can use this technique for any club, or any metal for that matter.

Before Starting This Tutorial, You Must

Materials Needed

*When measuring the size of the wheels, it is formatted as follows:  diameter of wheel x width of wheel x diameter of arbor hole   

  • Protective Gloves and Eye-wear
  • 6″ Benchtop Buffer/Grinder 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″ Polishing wheels (they come in a pack, or you can purchase them separately.)
  • Polishing Compounds
  • Microfiber Polish Cloth
  • Simichrome Metal Polish

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 below are the materials that I have.  Yes, they are expensive, but all the materials listed below 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 or so.

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