Re-Tipping

How To...

...Re-Tip Properly!

I'm not trying to teach your granny how to suck eggs here, but I am saying maybe you should take the eggs away from granny and think about putting her in a home...

Re-tipping is a basic job you should do yourself but, judging by the countless cues that come through the workshop, it is usually done poorly.

So, learn to re-tip properly. Even if you think you know what you're doing, swallow your pride and watch the video and animation below. Pay attention and you'll be re-tipping like a professional, and not damaging the ferrule in the process.

 

Important - BlackSpin Ferrules!

  • Do Not attempt to re-tip any BlackSpin ferrule cue before you have watched the video because tips stick to BlackSpin ferrule material extremely well, and extra care should be taken when removing them in preparation for a new tip.
  • Fibre pads MUST be used when sticking tips to BlackSpin ferrules. See fitting instructions further down the page

 

And here's a nice little animated version with an 'enthusiastic' soundtrack to build up
your confidence...

 

How To Install A Fibre Pad

1) Use cyanoacrylate glue (superglue) - Any superglue is fine but preferably use gel or thick type because it is easier to control.

2) There is no need to sand the pad but lightly dampen the pad first by wetting your fingertip and touching it on the pad. Then blow on it so it is not ‘wet’ to look at. Moisture helps to cure superglue and also ensures there is no dust/dirt on the pad to cause problems with adhesion.

3) Lightly sand the back of the tip to ensure it is dead flat and clean, then dampen the tip base using the same method used in step 2 above.

4) Put the pad on a flat surface with a spot of superglue in the middle of the pad.

5) Carefully position the tip centrally on top of the pad and press down with finger pressure for a few seconds. Use enough superglue so that a little comes out all round the sides of the tip to be sure the whole tip is stuck. Do not use too much glue so that it drips over the side of the pad or you may stick it the surface you are working on. Your wife/mother’s favourite table probably…

6) Once stuck, use scissors to trim around the tip. The top edge of the scissors should run against the wall of the tip so it’s easy to guide it round and trim the excess fibre off in just a few seconds, leaving the pad almost exactly the same size as the tip.

7) Don't worry if you’re a little bit out here and there, you only need to be close enough so that you can clearly see you are positioning the tip correctly on the ferrule. But if you leave too much on, you may misjudge and stick the tip off to the side slightly, so try to trim it nice and close.

8) Lightly sand the the base of the fibre padded tip to ensure it is dead flat and clean.

9) If you wish to stick the tip to your ferrule using superglue, dampen the fibre pad again using the same technique described in step 2 above. If you wish to use epoxy or contact adhesive, do not wet the tip.