Anyone who's played pool a few times knows the importance of using a good pool cue. Trying to play pool with a warped or otherwise damaged cue makes every aspect of the game harder. This goes for pool cue tips as well, which can have an even larger impact on a player's game. When a tip becomes damaged or flattened, it's impractical to use or buy another pool cue, both because this is expensive and players grow attached to their cues. With a little time and effort, a pool cue tip can be replaced and repaired without too much trouble.
Things You'll Need
- Utility knife
- Nail polish remover
- Paper towels
- Super glue
- Pool tip clamp
- New pool cue tip
Remove the pool cue tip entirely from the pool cue using a knife. Make sure the whole tip is removed, and no remnants remain in the ferrule or ivory cap that houses the pool cue tip at the end of the pool cue.
Clean the ferrule of the pool cue by dabbing a paper towel with nail polish remover and rubbing inside and around the ferrule. Do this until all dirt, debris and old glue has been removed.
Glue the new pool cue tip to the pool cue ferrule by placing a drop of super glue on the tip's base and placing it in the ferrule. Hold the cue tip in place until it has sufficiently adhered to the ferrule, which should take a minute or two.
Clean the ferrule of any leftover glue by rubbing it with a paper towel that has a dab of nail polish remover on it. Start at the top of the ferrule and clean down and away from the new pool cue tip. Be careful not to get any nail polish remover on the new tip.
Put a pool tip clamp over the top of the new cue tip and secure the clamp by pushing the pressure clips down and over the sides of the clamp. Let the pool stick sit with the clamp on it for several hours. Don't rest the stick on the clamp, as this could cause the new tip to dry at an angle.
Take the pool tip clamp off and check the new tip by attempting to push it from side to side. If the tip seems fully secure, use a knife to trim the tip and then prime it with lots of pool chalk. Your cue tip should now be ready to hit with.
Tips & Warnings
- Pool cue tips come in several different sizes, ranging from 12 mm to 14 mm, with the standard being 13 mm. Make sure you know the correct size of your pool cue tip before purchasing a new one, as using the wrong size is bad for the pool cue and bad for your pool game.
- Professional cue repair workers or cue makers will happily repair and replace pool cue tips for a small fee. If you feel more comfortable having your cue worked on by a professional, don't hesitate to contact one.
- Photo Credit Pool stick and cue ball image by Jim Mills from Fotolia.com