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How to repaint golf club heads

Updated April 17, 2017

A newly painted golf club may not improve your game, but a fresh coat of paint can make your clubs look new again. Giving your "metal woods" a fresh look is a process of sanding and painting. The entire job can be completed using a few basic tools that you may have available in your garage. Purchase paint to match the current finish of your metal woods at an auto parts store. Take your time and be patient with the process and your clubs will look like new in a short time.

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  1. Soak club heads in a bucket for five to 10 minutes, using a solution of dish detergent and warm water. Remove dirt from the grooves of the face or sole plate using a toothbrush. Dry the club with a soft cloth.

  2. Wrap the ferrule --- the black plastic piece that attaches the shaft to the club head --- and the lower part of the shaft with masking tape to protect the finish.

  3. Coat the surface of the club head with paint stripper using a small paint brush. Leave the stripper on for several minutes to penetrate through the finish.

  4. Rub the club head with steel wool to remove the stripper and paint. Repeat if necessary to remove as much of the old finish as possible.

  5. Sand the club head to remove scratches or nicks using 200-grit sandpaper or a steel file. Do not try to sand deep nicks or gashes.

  6. Sand the club head with a 240-grit sandpaper followed by 400-grit paper to smooth the surface. Sand in one direction for a better finish.

  7. Soak a piece of 400-grit sandpaper in water. Gently sand the club with the wet sandpaper.

  8. Polish the soleplate using a Scotch Brite or Sure Brite sanding wheel attached to an electric drill. Sand the surface of the soleplate going from heel to toe until the soleplate is smooth with a satin finish. Repeat the sanding until you are satisfied with the finish.

  9. Cover the sole with masking tape, overlapping the edges for complete coverage. Score around the outline of the soleplate with a sharp utility knife. Remove the excess tape. Reapply tape to the ferrule if needed.

  10. Wipe the entire head of the club with a tack cloth to remove dust or grit.

  11. Spray the head with a light coat of primer. Let the primer dry according to the instructions on the paint can. Rub the club head with a tack cloth before proceeding.

  12. Spray the club head with a light coat of your paint colour. Dry thoroughly. Apply additional coats of paint if needed, drying and wiping the club with a tack cloth between coats.

  13. Wait for the paint to dry. Rub the painted areas lightly with steel wool. Remove the masking tape from the sole. Rub the entire club head with a tack cloth.

  14. Spray the entire head of the club with clear gloss. Allow the gloss to dry and add a second coat for an even finish. Dry thoroughly. Remove the masking tape from the ferrule and shaft.

  15. Paint the engravings and score lines on the sole of the club using quick dry enamel model paint matching the existing paint. Fill in the markings using a toothpick or small artist's brush. Wipe up excess paint with a paper towel.

  16. Set the club aside for two or three days to allow the paint to cure before using the club.

  17. Warning

    Work in a well ventilated area when using the stripper and paint.

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Things You'll Need

  • Bucket
  • Dish detergent
  • Water
  • Toothbrush
  • Soft cloth
  • 2 inch wide masking tape
  • Paint stripper
  • Small paintbrush
  • Fine grit steel wool (No. 000)
  • Fine grit sandpaper (200, 240 and 400 grit)
  • Medium grit file
  • Sanding wheel
  • Electric drill
  • Utility knife
  • Tack cloth
  • Spray primer
  • Spray paint
  • Clear gloss spray
  • Enamel model paint
  • Small artist's brush
  • Toothpicks

About the Author

Michele Norfleet

Michele Norfleet is a freelance writer who writes on travel, home and garden and education topics. She has coauthored a handbook for teachers on school-wide discipline and has contributed tips for special-needs students in the basal curriculum for RCL Benziger. Norfleet holds a master's degree from Southern Illinois University and has experience as a special-needs teacher and speech pathologist.

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