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How to Fix a Scratched Driver Head

by M.L. Rose

    Being a scratch golfer is impressive, but playing with scratched golf clubs is not. If you don’t wish to take your nicked-up clubs to a pro shop for refinishing, you can repair small scratches yourself, pretty much the same way you’d touch up scratches on your car.

    Painted Club Head Areas

    Items you will need

    • Clean cloths or towels
    • Brush
    • Painter's tape
    • Touch-up paint or nail polish
    • Sandpaper

    Step 1

    Wash the driver’s club head with a rag dipped in soapy water. Use a stiff plastic brush to completely clean the scratched areas. Dry the club head with a clean towel.

    Step 2

    Apply painter’s tape around the scratched areas. Leave 1/8 inch of space around the scratches.

    Step 3

    Stir or mix the paint according to the manufacturer’s instructions, then brush or spray it on the scratches, moving in a single direction. The Golf Tips website suggests using automobile touch-up paint or nail polish. After the paint dries, add a second coat if any scratches are deep.

    Step 4

    Sand the painted area smooth. Work g in one direction with 600-grit sandpaper that’s been soaked in water for 15 minutes. Wipe the area with a towel to remove the residue.

    Unpainted Sole

    Step 1

    Clean the sole (the bottom of the club head) with a rag dipped in soapy water. Use a brush to remove any remaining dirt from the scratched areas. Dry the driver’s sole with a clean towel.

    Step 2

    Apply painter’s tape around the sole, covering the club face and the club head’s painted sides.

    Step 3

    Buff out the scratches with 220-grit sandpaper that’s been soaked in water for 15 minutes if the scratches are small. Alternatively, try a rotary sander for deeper scratches. Either way, finish sanding with wet 400-grit sandpaper.

    Step 4

    Wipe the club head with a clean cloth to remove the sanding residue.

    About the Author

    M.L. Rose has worked as a print and online journalist for more than 20 years. He has contributed to a variety of national and local publications, specializing in sports writing. Rose holds a B.A. in communications.

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