Wood refinishing - question about materials

Wood refinishing - question about materials

Post by Marcelo A. Gallar » Sat, 21 Jan 1995 03:30:22


<some stuff deleted>
:
: Is there anything special about the Golfsmith brand (which seem
: expensive) which make them more suitable for golf clubs?  Any
: suggestions for substitutes (i.e., brand recommendations) would be
: appreciated.

        While I have no practical experience, I have heard from a few
        builders that some hardware store polys tend to crack very
        easily when used on a club head. I've also seen reports that
        mixing and matching brands can cause problems.

        Again, I have no practical experience, but this is what I've
        heard.

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Wood refinishing - question about materials

Post by Dave Tutelm » Mon, 23 Jan 1995 01:37:09



Quote:

><some stuff deleted>
>:
>: Is there anything special about the Golfsmith brand (which seem
>: expensive) which make them more suitable for golf clubs?  Any
>: suggestions for substitutes (i.e., brand recommendations) would be
>: appreciated.

>    While I have no practical experience, I have heard from a few
>    builders that some hardware store polys tend to crack very
>    easily when used on a club head.

Could be true with some formulations, but I've had good results with the
very tough poly intended for use on gym floors.  Refinished quite a few
wood-woods with that stuff.

Quote:
>    I've also seen reports that
>    mixing and matching brands can cause problems.

That's true.  Even with the same brand, putting on a new coat at the wrong
time can be a disaster.  If you don't hit the recoat time fairly close
(say +- 30%) wait for COMPLETE drying before applying the next coat.

Also, I believe the original query asked about primers and fillers, as
well as the final poly.  I've had very good results doing the first coat
(usually a primer coat) with the same poly I'll use for finishing, but
thinned 1:1 with its appropriate thinner.  (Usually turpentine or mineral
spirits are fine.)  Allow to dry thoroughly, and sand before proceeding.

Good luck!
Dave

 
 
 

Wood refinishing - question about materials

Post by Robert J. Dietri » Tue, 24 Jan 1995 04:55:51


Quote:



>>        While I have no practical experience, I have heard from a few
>>        builders that some hardware store polys tend to crack very
>>        easily when used on a club head.

>Could be true with some formulations, but I've had good results with the
>very tough poly intended for use on gym floors.  Refinished quite a few
>wood-woods with that stuff.

Hope I got the authors correct.
Are you guys dipping or spraying?  I tried dipping a wood head in polyurethane
once.  I applied several coats and it came out beautiful.  After allowing it
to dry for several days, I took it to the range and that beautiful finish
cracked before I had hit one bucket.  After that I used a spray can of poly
to apply several light coats and never had one crack.  It didn't look as
good as the dipped finish, but was more durable.
Not many wood-wood users left anymore.  Too bad, I really used to like my
old persimmon driver.

Bob D.

 
 
 

Wood refinishing - question about materials

Post by Dave Tutelm » Tue, 24 Jan 1995 20:34:13



Quote:
>Are you guys dipping or spraying?  I tried dipping a wood head in polyurethane
>once.  I applied several coats and it came out beautiful.  After allowing it
>to dry for several days, I took it to the range and that beautiful finish
>cracked before I had hit one bucket.  After that I used a spray can of poly
>to apply several light coats and never had one crack.  It didn't look as
>good as the dipped finish, but was more durable.

Good point!  I have sprayed with success, and I have brush-painted
(especially the primer coat).  Never dipped, so I can neither confirm nor
deny the negative part of your experience.

Quote:
>Not many wood-wood users left anymore.  Too bad, I really used to like my
>old persimmon driver.

The wood-woods were also easier to work on.  I've changed lofts, re-grooved,
brought faces down to soleplates, etc.  These are things I'd never do on
a metalwood.

In addition, they were just prettier to look at.

Dave

 
 
 

Wood refinishing - question about materials

Post by Andrew Sco » Wed, 25 Jan 1995 03:04:50

|>>Are you guys dipping or spraying?  I tried dipping a wood head in polyurethane
|>>once.  I applied several coats and it came out beautiful.  After allowing it
|>>to dry for several days, I took it to the range and that beautiful finish
|>>cracked before I had hit one bucket.  After that I used a spray can of poly
|>>to apply several light coats and never had one crack.  It didn't look as
|>>good as the dipped finish, but was more durable.
|>
|>Good point!  I have sprayed with success, and I have brush-painted
|>(especially the primer coat).  Never dipped, so I can neither confirm nor
|>deny the negative part of your experience.
|>

What prompted me to post the original question was that the polyurethane
spray products from Golfsmith appear to be name brands.  And based on
the responses I've seen, it appears that name brand substitutes for some
of the other products (e.g., stain) are acceptable.

|>>Not many wood-wood users left anymore.  Too bad, I really used to like my
|>>old persimmon driver.
|>

I'm very fond of the persimmon 4-wood.  Haven't found a metal wood with
the same feel.

Andrew
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Wood refinishing - question about materials

Post by Carl Mc Kinle » Wed, 25 Jan 1995 15:16:00

Bob;
When I refinish woods they are always dipped. I use the
poly from Golfworks,(I also prefer their refinishing technics).
Maybe  its just my imagination but I've not had any problems
with the finish. I beleive the coating process and drying
time are critical. The old saying goes 'the longer you keep
the club out  of the golfers hands the better the finish'.
I do however use a spray on metal and composition heads.

Carl's
 Golf
  Shop

 
 
 

Wood refinishing - question about materials

Post by TGraft » Wed, 01 Feb 1995 19:50:44

Andrew, Dave and anybody else-

I use Minwax brand stain and spray poly- both available at most harware
stores and have never had a problem with cracking.  The finish does appear
to dull by the end of one season, but buffing lightly and spraying 1-2
more coats can clean it up.

Tom
Grafton's Custom Golf