This article describes the process (in detail) of how to replace a cue tip. Here are the items that you need to accomplish this task.
- Cue tip
- Razor blade
- Cyanoacrylic glue preferrably in a gel form ie Duro-gel, Superglue Gel, Loctite 454
- 60-80 grit sandpaper
- Paper towel
- 400-600 grit sandpaper
Procedure for replacing a cue tip
- Remove what’s left of the old tip with the razor blade.
- Sand top of ferrule flat with 60-80 grit sandpaper.
- Sand bottom of cue tip with the same sandpaper till rough.
- Apply a light coat of glue to both the ferrule and bottom of tip.
- Carefully center the top on top of the ferrule as best as you can and hold in place for about 60 seconds.
- With the tip down, carefully trim the excess overhang to make the tip flush with the ferrule.
- Gently wet the sides of the tip and burnish with the 400-600 grit sandpaper.
- Shape the tip to your desired radius.
Things to remember when replacing a cue tip
It’s recommended to get a tip that’s bigger than your ferrule ie a 14mm tip if you have a 13mm ferrule diameter.
To keep your tip from popping off prematurely, it is best to let the glue cure overnight before final trimming and sanding.