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Got a shaft and planned to extend by 1/2” and regrip. When I removed the grip found that there is a small cut into the paint. It lines up with roughly the bottom of the grip (assuming it was from someone using a blade to remove one before), and will be exposed if I extend it. 
 

Is there any way to repair this? I’m concerned that if it’s exposed it’ll just get worse from rubbing in and out of the bag etc. 

 

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You can try to fill it with a matching paint.

 

It's not going to get any worse if you leave it. Shaft paint is very tough.

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I'm only an amateur at club repair but except for cosmetic looks, this type of damage should not (never say never) hurt the performance of the shaft and should not worsen over time. I remember re-gripping a Callaway Great big Bertha driver. The shaft was ultra light weight and when tightening the rubber shaft grip clamp in the vise, (I had the grip too close to the butt end where the shaft is very thin) I heard a slight cracking, splintering sound only to notice I superficially fractured the shaft in a lengthwise direction. It did not have any effect on the shaft for years afterword. Any cut in the shaft that is transverse in direction could possible cause a weakness in the shaft.

The picture you posted shows the heavy hand of the the person re-gripping. When cutting a grip for removal, very light pressure should be applied to the utility knife. 

More importantly, cutting the grip should start at the thinner end of the grip and work up towards to the butt end. 

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1 hour ago, Ger21 said:

You can try to fill it with a matching paint.

 

It's not going to get any worse if you leave it. Shaft paint is very tough.


Thanks! Any recommendations for the best type of paint in this application? Know that the testor’s enamel or acrylic is used and works well on heads. Unsure if it’s good for this. 

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