How to Remove Varnish From a Snooker Cue

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Varnish on a pool cue --- also known as a snooker cue --- can add a sticky residue to the cue. This residue prevents the cue from naturally sliding along your fingers, which causes you to miss-hit the ball, even on easy shots. Eliminating this varnish makes the cue look and feel new and also saves you money that's otherwise spent on a new cue. You must use caution when removing the varnish, however, to avoid stripping the wood from the cue.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Sandpaper
  • Snooker/pool cue liquid cleaner
  • Cue towel

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  1. 1

    Sand the portion of snooker cue covered in varnish with superfine sandpaper. Use caution to avoid damaging the cue.

  2. 2

    Place several drops of the liquid cue cleaner onto the cue towel.

  3. 3

    Wipe the area of the cue stick previously covered in varnish with the moistened cue towel.

  4. 4

    Flip the towel to the dry side. Wipe the cue again.

  5. 5

    Run your hands along the snooker cue. Repeat Steps 1 through 4 if you notice any stickiness on the cue.

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