How to Repair Paint Chips on Golf Clubs

By William McCoy

It's common for golf clubs, especially drivers and fairway woods, to have their paint chipped and cracked following prolonged use. This damage does not typically affect the use of the club, but it can be an eyesore. Clubs can get damaged by coming into contact with other clubs in your bag and occasionally by mistreating them following a poor shot. The process of repairing the aesthetic damage requires a little craftsmanship.

Purchase the paint. The kind of paint used on model cars works well, though any type that is specifically designed to adhere to metal will work. Match the paint as closely as possible to the club. Bring the club with you when you buy the paint to help ensure you get a good match.

Remove dirt and grit from the club. Clean the clubhead thoroughly with a wet rag and a few drops of dish soap. This will allow the paint to adhere to the club surface. Wipe the clubhead dry with a microfiber cloth and allow it to completely air dry for an hour.

Brush a small bit of paint on the club's chipped area with a foam brush. Unlike conventional brushes, foam brushes leave fewer brushstrokes, allowing for a smoother finish. Allow the paint to dry for the amount of time specified on the bottle.

Sand the new paint lightly with a piece of fine-grit sandpaper, if required. Wipe the sanding dust off the club and apply a second coat of paint and allow it to dry.

Buff the painted area with wax paste and a clean cloth. Vigorous buffing helps bring the paint to a shine to match the rest of the club.

About the Author

Toronto-based journalist William McCoy has been writing since 1997, specializing in topics such as sports, nutrition and health. He serves as the Studio's sports and recreation section expert. McCoy is a journalism graduate of Ryerson University.

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