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Been a crazy week at work and home, but my putter will be completely (re)finished this weekend with pics.

Thank you for participating, it's been really fun to see the work that you've done.

Even if you don't win and are interested in a putter grip, let me know we can do some special pricing for participating

Howdy Fellow Spies-

After seeing RookieBlue7's posting of his refinishing of his Scotty Cameron (http://forum.mygolfspy.com/topic/14152-modded-out-and-industrialized-tei3-newport/), it gave me an idea for a new hobby that I don't really have time for, but want to do anyway.

Also, I have a box of Cork Tree Putter Grips left over from a charity fundraiser that I don't really want to ship back and would rather buy one to give to you.

 

Contest:

Find a putter than needs some love. It can be your current gamer, an old putter in your garage, or run out to Goodwill, eBay, or your local golf shop and pick up a project putter.

Refinish it any way you want: you can do a pimp-list style, classic colors/lines, or keep it clean and basic. This can be done at home, work, Home Depot, a friend's shop, but please this must be done YOURSELF, no professional refinishing (Putter Lounge, eBay refinishers, or LaMont, etc. )

You can coke it, bake it, torch it, stain it, plate it, grind it, stamp it, engrave it, paint-fill it or whatever your heart desires, but make it look good.

You can reshaft and even use your own grip if the style and color scheme work, but the prize is still the same

 

This contest REQUIRES PICTURES:

1) Pre-finish: backside/flange, topline, bottom, face

2) Process pics- if you replate it, take a pic of your set up

3) finished product

If possible, post pics and include descriptions as you go

 

Prize:

The Cork Tree putter Grip of your choice from the following:

Stumpy black only

Bandit: Red, Black or Pink

Gimme: Red, Black or Pink

Slim Jim: Red, Black, Blue or Pink

 

Deadline: Hey, I have 3 kids and no time, so this one's gonna be due on Halloween, Saturday October 31st.

 

Good luck to all and have fun!

 

I'm attaching my own project putter pics to this thread.

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Damn wish I had time right now to find a suitable putter ;)

 

Looks like an awesome project incentivizing contest. Can't wait to see what people come up with! 

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This was more of a refinish than a restore:

 

Used sandpaper, dremel tool, and steel wool to remove copper paint coating and then polish steel.  Used testors enamel paint to do the painfill.

 

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Nice! I'll be stripping mine down tonight after this kiddos go to bed,then the fun begins!

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i will put forth my old warhorse. 

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This is the was she came to me searching for a safe bag to be in. 

 

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Gave her a bath.......
 
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Then let her try on a few new outfits. 

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I found these nice milled Founders Club putters cheap, they just need a little love. It will be my first club refinish. Not gonna pimp them or anything, just some Caswell stainless steel black, new paint fill and lengthen an inch or so.

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looking forward to seeing the blackening. I'm going back and forth between bluing and blackening mine

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Updated: Process Pics

It's never hurts to work in a clinic that has an orthotics shop in the back, Here's the TPM 12 after a session with metal polisher

 

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Up next- gun bluing!!

 

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here' another one that I will be torching for the purple/blue hues

 

1990s Golden Bear Model 1

 

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Looking good Mcasey. I got my Caswell stainless steel blackening gel today. I think I'll give it a go on Sunday.

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Deejaid- what kind of putters are those? I like the sharp heel. My next on will probably be a TPM 4, has a soft tail with a nice flange.

This could be an addicting habit, especially having access to a mini machine shop at work.

With my TPM 12, I'm going to gun blue it, then paint fill with some new colors

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They are Founders Club Tour putters from the 90's I believe. Paid $40 for the pair and they are both nice, quality putters. I like the way the FC Vll ( the narrow blade) sets up a bit more than the FC lX.

 

I doubt either will knock my 1960's Mars 70 blade putter out of the bag, but liked the looks of them and $40 wasn't too much to give them a shot.

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Then I took the plunge this morning and put on the Coswell Blackening Gel applied with some q-tips.

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After working the gel around for 5 minutes (no pics as I didn't want that stuff getting on my iPad), I rinsed off in water and wiped dry with a paper towel.

 

OH NO! What happened to the black! It seemed to flake off a bit.

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Undeterred, I let it sit for a few hours and the black was dull a splotchy. Decided to see if a pass with the wire wheel dremel attachment would brighten it up.

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Eureka! The finished evened out pretty well and got a nice shine. It looks like an oiled putter so I decided to go ahead and drop fill the stampings in gold. I'll wait until tonight to put a thin coat of oil to protect it. For a first try, not too bad.

 

I now knew what to expect so I tackled the second putter.

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