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Arrow What's the best way to burnish a tip without a lathe? - 01-31-2014, 11:24 AM

Eventually ill get a lathe, but until then I need a way to really burnish the sides of my tip so that it's really shiny. I really like how a tip plays when it's burnished good and the sides are hard and shiny.

I have a joe proper plastic burnisher but it seems too tricky since you can't see what it's doing until you pull it off. Sometimes depending on the shaft it'll make the overly conical.

Any advice? Anyone use the tip burnishing liquid from tiger?
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pina but it works - 01-31-2014, 11:50 AM

remove the shaft from the butt, lay the shaft across your legs while you are setting down. slightly wet the sides of the tip, holding the tip firm with a piece of leather, pushing away then pulling back, roll the cue back and forth across your legs. same principal as starting a fire with a stick twirled between your hands,
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01-31-2014, 12:16 PM

I take some spit.. rub it on the side of the tip. Grab a match book, rip off the cover (thin card board) squeeze and twist the tip. Has never failed me.


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01-31-2014, 01:56 PM

I have always used the top of the rail on the pool table. Just wet the side of the tip and then rub the tip across the felt and rotate shaft while doing so. The friction of the cloth will burnish.
  
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burnisher - 01-31-2014, 04:34 PM

Yup, what Alex said. I like the Porper tool too. The conical sides straighten out after a rack or two and it ends up nice. I keep one in my case.

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01-31-2014, 04:39 PM

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I have always used the top of the rail on the pool table. Just wet the side of the tip and then rub the tip across the felt and rotate shaft while doing so. The friction of the cloth will burnish.

I used to wet the sides with spit and run against the Formica countertop.
When all else fails that used to work for me.
I tried the matchbook.
Sometime I would scrape the wax off a playing card first and burnish onto that too


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01-31-2014, 06:39 PM

After burnishing a little thin super glue around it will help stop the mushrooming.
  
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01-31-2014, 09:25 PM

Wow thanks for all the different methods everyone! I'm gonna give them a try and see how it goes. Sometimes also when I use the proper tool, it'll get so tight on it that it feels like it's gonna pull the tip off the shaft when I go to get the tool off.
  
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02-01-2014, 09:38 AM

I love people that use the little tool they have to burnish as I usually get to put a new tip on as it will take them off if you are not careful.
  
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02-07-2014, 10:54 AM

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After burnishing a little thin super glue around it will help stop the mushrooming.
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Dollar bill - 02-25-2014, 10:23 AM

Kinda surprised no one has mentioned using a dollar bill yet?

Also I use the q-wiz once the "Smooth" side has gotten worn out, it makes for a nice burnisher on the tip! (Yes like everyone else stated, a little spit helps!)


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02-25-2014, 10:59 AM

Dollar bill, leather, Porper, they are all good tools if you're diligent with technique.


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02-25-2014, 11:20 AM

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Dollar bill, leather, Porper, they are all good tools if you're diligent with technique.
Yea I saw a really good amateur player from my area use a dollar bill just the other day and I tried it and it worked really well. I also used the porper and pieces of card board like from a hot pockets box and that worked but got some of the white residue burnished into the tip. I guess it was the wax or something.

Also, does anyone use the tiger clear tip burnisher liquid? I tried it and it seemss pretty good to me. Had a rough time using the porper tool on my soft ki-tech tip on a 11.75 mm shaft. It felt good but when I took it off it actually stretched the tip to like 1 1/2 it's size lol. And it ruined the playing characteristics. So I pulled it off and the tip was like spongy and springy then. I'd squeeze it and it would go back to its original position. Thought it was weird lol.
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Great vid - 02-25-2014, 12:33 PM

This is one of the best vids I have seen for doing a tip without a lathe. He shows his technique for burnishing near the end, but the whole vid is worth a watch.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RAi5zDnVGM
  
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04-23-2014, 11:34 AM

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This is one of the best vids I have seen for doing a tip without a lathe. He shows his technique for burnishing near the end, but the whole vid is worth a watch.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RAi5zDnVGM
That was a very nice video. Wonder what type of tool that was that he used to trim the tip. It had to be sharper than it looked as it seemed to do a good job. I would be concerned that the initial "chopping" of the tip might loosen the layers of the layered tip.

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