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Paint Fill Your Putter In 4 Easy Steps!

Changing the paint fill on my golf clubs is something I have always done. It is my desire to have clubs that look different from what everyone else has in their bag. Paint filling a putter is a relatively easy task to accomplish (4 easy steps!) and is low cost. At PutterPlating.com I have been refinishing putters for over 10 years and have tried many ways to paint fill the engravings. The method I am going to show you is the easiest I have found. It can be done on irons, drivers, fairway woods, and putters.

The putter being used is one that I designed while on paternity leave after the birth of my twin daughters in January. It showcases the nickel finish and engraving that I offer. I don't normally use pink paint on my clubs but felt it is appropriate since the engravings being paint filled are my daughters names.

Put on your rubber gloves and eye protection. I didn't use gloves in the pictures because it was distracting from the steps being demonstrated. I highly recommend using all the necessary safety gear when using acetone.

Most fingernail polish remover has acetone as an ingredient. So, fingernail polish remover can be used in place of the acetone. I use acrylic paint because I have found that it is more durable, comes in more colors, dries faster, water will clean the brushes, and it is non-toxic. I have also found that enamel paint can be ruined by some oils used on putters to prevent rust and protect finishes. Ok...let's get started!

Step 1 - Remove The Old Paint

Dip a small section of the towel in the acetone. Rub the engravings to remove the paint fill. This may take a few attempts. For hard to remove paint, you can pour small amounts of the acetone and let it sit for 2-3 minutes. You should then be able to remove the rest of the paint using the towel method.

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Step 2 - Make Sure The Putter Is Completely Dry

Use a dry portion of the towel and wipe the areas to be paint filled. Acetone evaporates pretty quickly so there might not be much to wipe off.

Step 3 - Applying The Paint

Choose the desired paint color(s). A paint brush for each color is highly recommended. Apply the paint generously to the engravings without worrying about going outside the lines. The excess will be removed in the next step. Try to avoid air bubbles. They can be removed using a sweeping motion of the brush through the painted engraving. Let the paint dry for at least 30 minutes. Clean the brushes in tap water and dry them after they have been cleaned.

Step 4 - Removing The Excess Paint

Dip the small pieces of paper towel in the acetone. Using a circular motion, rub the paper towel over the painted areas to remove the excess. Do small areas at a time, using a new piece of paper towel with each area. After you have wiped the whole area, use a new piece of paper towel with a smaller amount of acetone and go back over the engraving to ensure that all the excess paint has been removed. Repeat steps 3 & 4 for each layer of color. More layers makes the paint fill more durable. You can then go over all of the new paint fill with a clear coat.

Supplies needed:

  • Putter with engravings or stampings (Various prices and various places to purchase)
  • Rubber gloves ($.50 a piece at Target)
  • Acrylic Paint ($3.00 a bottle at any hobby or craft store)
  • Paint brushes ($0.75 a piece at any hobby or craft store)Towel ($1.00 at Target)
  • Small pieces of paper towel ($.50 a roll paper towel at Target)
  • Acetone or fingernail polish remover ($2.50 for a small bottle at any Home/Hardware Store)
  • Tap Water (Free)
  • About $10.00 if you use 2 paint colors

Your Done! - Finished Putter

At PutterPlating.com I have been personalizing and refinishing putters for over 10 years. I love the challenge of taking a well used putter and returning it to near new condition. I do all that I can to remove all dings and surface imperfections prior to the new finish application. View Gallery

Custom Finishes Offered at PutterPlating.com:

  • satin nickel
  • black oxide
  • oil brown
  • 24k gold
  • and bead blasting for stainless.

New Finish Available!

PutterPlating.com has developed a new dark finish for stainless steel as well. It allows for the mill marks and other surface characteristics to show through instead of being covered up as happens when the black oxide finish is applied.

If You Can Imagine It...PutterPlating.com Can Make It!

I can do all variations of engravings. If it can be put on a piece of paper in black and white then it can be engraved into metal. The machining that I offer includes milling, making new necks for putters, sound slots, making new inserts, and custom made putters. I also offer welding. I value quality over quantity when it comes to my work.

For More Info Contact:

Kevin Colbert
(612) 386-6414

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