How to Paint Your Graphite Golf Club Shafts

Updated April 17, 2017

From driver head covers designed like college mascots to customised golf balls and tees, there are plenty of ways to personalise the gear in your golf bag. Painting the graphite shafts of your clubs is one way to give your clubs and your game a special touch. Following the proper steps will help ensure that the paint on your graphite golf club shafts doesn't run or chip easily.

Spread a tarp or newspaper on the floor in an area large enough so your clubs do not hang over the edges and so you can paint multiple shafts in one setting.

Grip the graphite shaft of one of your clubs with a 120-grit piece of sandpaper, and rub up and down the shaft with a gentle, consistent stroke. This removes the galvanised finish on the shaft, giving it a rough surface for the primer to bond to. Do this with all of your clubs.

Clean dust or debris off all your shafts with a tack cloth.

Place plastic bags over the heads and grips of your clubs, and secure them with painter's tape. Any surface of the club you do not want to be painted must be covered.

Apply one thin coat of a latex-based metal primer to each graphite club shaft. Allow at least two hours for the primer to dry completely.

Spray metallic spray paint onto your graphite shafts. Consistent strokes will give you the best results. Apply one coat.

Lay your newly painted club onto small boxes, with the grip and the head of each lying on separate boxes, so the shafts do not touch the tarp or newspaper. Allow 24 hours for the paint to dry before applying a second coat or removing the painter's tape and plastic bags.


Do this project in a well-ventilated area.


Painting your clubs in extremely humid or cold weather will not work well.

Things You'll Need

  • Newspaper or tarp
  • 120-grit sandpaper
  • Tack cloth
  • Metallic-based spray paint
  • Latex primer
  • Painter's tape
  • Plastic bags
  • Small boxes
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About the Author

Joshua Smothers works at the Gannett Des Moines Design Studio, designing sports pages and special sections for four Midwest newspapers. He previously served as a designer, copy editor and reporter for "The Des Moines Register." Smothers graduated from Wartburg College in 2003 with Bachelor of Arts degrees in journalism and public relations.