How I Made My Clubs Look Shiny-New and What I Learned:or:
Club Chop-Shop, with thomasl
"No, sorry, I haven't seen your gold Dubé europeans, but how do you like my brand-new Todd Smith silver beauties, with custom pin-stripes?"Longing for new clubs, but unable to afford the $75? Perhaps a face-lift would perk those clubs up. Yeah, chops and flourishes really sparkle when the mylar is fresh. I just rejuvinated my clubs, and now I will share with you some of things I found out.
First, most silver mylar seems to reverse to gold. Gold, similarly, often reverses to silver. You can keep going back n' forth, 'till you figure out how it works. (I am not sure what the colored ornamental wrap reverses to, but the next time steve koch goes off to work on his devilstick I'll strip down his yellow, blue or red club, and post the results. Stay tuned!)
Maybe you want new mylar, or holographic designs. Decorator outlets or mail order catalogues may have this stuff. You can use the old pieces as templates. I just reversed mine.
Pry off the staples which keep the handle wrap secure at the top. Note there are two of them. If your knobs are secured with a screw, unscrew them. If glued, carefully pry and twist until it comes off. Pry off the two staples fastening the mylar handlewrap under the knob.
Now pretty up the mylar bits and the bell of the club before putting it back together. You can clean off the tape residue with nailpolish remover (acetone). Cleaning the mylar is recommended, it really makes it shine. Be careful, though, because overly vigorous wiping will take of the coating on the mylar. At this point you can scrub off the plastic bell if you like, using a nylon scrubber. Try to keep the club dry, since it does have a wooden dowel in it which can hold water.
If your tips are a mess I don't know what to tell you. Mine are not. I am noted for my nice tips. Perhaps you can order them or something. I am sure someone will post this information.
Have you decided what colors you want on the stripes? Wrap the 3/4" tape around the top and bottom, so that the bottom edge of the mylar is in the middle. Stretch the tape a bit as you wrap. To stretch evenly, cut a notch out of each side, which is to say cut the corners off the end of the tape so that you have a pointy bit, put this down, cover it with your thumb, and stretch as you wrap. This way you have a better chance of maintaining the same tape-width, and where you overlap will look neater. Do be sure and over- lap the tape, because with use and heat it will shrink and move some. At least one inch is necessary I think, if you are going to pinstripe. If you will not be covering this base tape with another tape then probably it is a good idea to go twice around. To pinstripe, take the 1/2" tape and do the same thing on top. Be aware of where all of your seams are, to either keep them lined up, if you want them that way, or all offset. There will be seams where the mylar is taped, and where the tapes are finished.
First attach the mylar at the knob end with two staples. Be sure you staple it low enough so that the knob will cover it, but not so low that you will not have enough length to go very far up the handle. Tightly wrap the handle with the piece of mylar you took off (If you want to cut new mylar, use the old pieces for templates and use an exacto knife). When you staple the top of the handle wrap you can catch the bottom of the second mylar piece, too.
The second mylar bit is done just as the first one was. Be sure the handle wrap and the middle piece of mylar at the belly are close enough together so that your tape will cover the old staple holes and the new staples.
Now you need only re-attach the knob. Screw it back on, if applicable. If the hole is too big for the screw, because the dowel is worn away, you can fill it in some with wood dough (available at hard- ware stores). I am given to understand that toothpick shims work too, but I would go with the wood filler. To glue on a knob, I use Duco household cement (it works really well on plastic frame glasses, too, as well as qualatex balloon pumps). Use lots of cement, but don't let it spill onto your pretty mylar. Dry the club upright, resting on the knob, maybe even with a book or weightplate on top.
I look forward to seeing each and every one of you THIS WEEKEND in bloomington for jugglefest '91. I only hope our party is as good as Purdue's was. For safety's sake we are hiding the fire extinguishers. BTW, PURDUE: The official combat uniform has been changed. Leave your tutus at home.