Changing a Cue: How to Repair a Billiards Cue?
The tip is the end of the billiards cue (often called the cap).
This piece comes into contact with the cue ball: it wears out and must be changed regularly.
Does the tip, the end of your billiards cue, seem to be wearing out?
It's perfectly normal! It is a wearing piece that comes into contact with the ball and must be replaced regularly.
Yes, but...how do you do it?
A Stanley knife.
A tube of Super glue.
Your new tip, suitable for your type of cue and its diameter.
Be very careful when using the Stanley knife (which may rip) and glue. Consider wearing protective gloves!
These tools must be used with precaution and, if possible, without children nearby.
1. Remove the Damaged Tip
The Stanley knife will help you remove the damaged tip. Once the tip is removed, you may notice that the end of the ferrule is dirty and has residue from the old tip. You must therefore sand this end to make it clean and smooth.
2. Sanding the New Tip
The goal is the same as when sanding the ferrule: get a smooth surface.
A tip from Denis, a billiards engineer for DECATHLON
Use the Stanley knife to cut a few shallow grooves into the back (ferrule side) of the tip.
The goal: carve very shallow grooves so that the glue better penetrates and the tip stays on better.
You can file the ferrule if sanding doesn't suffice.
The tip and ferrule make up two distinct parts of your billiards cue.
The tip, the end of the cue, comes into contact with the ball.
The ferrule the part just above the tip.
Check that each surface is smooth to ensure that the two parts adhere tightly and avoid bad games.
3. Glue the Tip
The crucial moment: add a bit of glue! Pay attention to the quantity and avoid using too much glue.
Consider wearing a thin pair of gloves if you are worried about getting glue on your fingers.
Apply pressure for one to two minutes. Even if the time seems excessive, it's better to be sure the tip adheres well.
4. Adjust the tip and Ferrule
Rarely does the tip perfectly fit the diameter of your ferrule: you just need to fine-tune the tip. A small piece of sandpaper will line everything out.
Use it to round off the tip's angles (according to your play preferences).
A bit of chalk and you're ready to go! You've changed your tip.
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