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Hey guys, I’ve been reading old posts on using scotch brite on stainless steel irons and wanted some additional advice. So far I’ve used

 

120 grit scotch brite hand sponge

220 grit scotch brite hand sponge

maroon scotch brite

ultra fine gray scotch brite

 

I worked on it for 20 minutes but I can’t get these small nicks out. Do I just have to keep doing it for a long time or is there something else I should try? I don’t have access to tools so hand/manual only would be preferable

 

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Harder cast steel will need a LOT of elbow grease if you're going to go that route. Think about how deep the dents are and that you have to remove that much metal to get rid of them. Usually this is left to media blasting, i'm not sure i've seen anyone accomplish this with pads. 

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You did a great job on those, play them as they are- further attempts to take out tiny dings like those could result in loss of headweight and playability. As Valtiel stated above, media blast would be route to go, then polish with scotchbrite wheels of diminishing grit. I had this done by a great source I gave you already, however, since I play my irons over length, could afford a slight loss in headweight without need for tip weights to recover loss. Just to clarify, I am CDO about weighting and balance/feel of my clubs 😂

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I've done a few sets like those and start with 100 grit sandpaper roll using a paint stick as a backup board.  That should take out most of those marks but if it doesn't you can use a fine straight cut file then move to the 100.  After the 100 grit move to 220 and continue until the scratches are gone.  After the 220 the scotchbrite pads can be uses.  Start with the green or maroon, then gray if you want a smoother look.  

 

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Thanks guys! I think this is as good as I could do without taking off too much metal. If I want it to look better I’ll decide to go get it media blasted. Can you really lose a lot of headweight using scotch brute? I didn’t weight the heads beforehand so I wouldn’t know. Hopefully I didn’t take off too much weight on that 7 iron!

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I used some sandpaper on a putter to get a bunch of nicks and dings out recently. I didn’t even lose a gram of weight. Used 80 grit to get the bigger spots out and then worked up. Scotchbrite pads are good for finishing purposes but they take a long time to remove dings compared to sandpaper.

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2 minutes ago, tbrumbeloe13 said:

I used some sandpaper on a putter to get a bunch of nicks and dings out recently. I didn’t even lose a gram of weight. Used 80 grit to get the bigger spots out and then worked up. Scotchbrite pads are good for finishing purposes but they take a long time to remove dings compared to sandpaper.

Do you think 80 grit will likely get those nicks out? I tried a 120 grit scotch brite pad and it didn’t do much. Is sandpaper different than that?

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34 minutes ago, rorykoepka said:

Do you think 80 grit will likely get those nicks out? I tried a 120 grit scotch brite pad and it didn’t do much. Is sandpaper different than that?

I think sandpaper is different than the scotch brite pads. The pads have some cushion to them that makes them not as abrasive. You could start with 120 sandpaper if you wanted, but the 80 went a lot faster for me.

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Trust me, get the sandpaper roll.  Amazon sells it.  It's cloth backed and very sturdy.  Use a backing board too so you can apply some real pressure.  That's how to remove the dents.

 

Do you have a compressor?  If so you can sandblast the face when done and those beauties will look like brand new when your done.  Harbor Freight sells a small blaster gun that would work just fine on those.

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Just wire wheel those bad boys and put them in the bag and go play golf.  It’s a nice set of irons.

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1 hour ago, rorykoepka said:

Thanks guys! I think this is as good as I could do without taking off too much metal. If I want it to look better I’ll decide to go get it media blasted. Can you really lose a lot of headweight using scotch brute? I didn’t weight the heads beforehand so I wouldn’t know. Hopefully I didn’t take off too much weight on that 7 iron!

Hope I didn’t scare you off from working on them, absolutely don’t think you took off hardly any weight. Just have seen too many instances of guys that jump right into doing refinish work via various belts and wheels that don’t have touch or discretion and ruin sole profile, weight, etc…you’re using good judgement and going slow at process, so should be good to go!

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19 minutes ago, Nessism said:

Trust me, get the sandpaper roll.  Amazon sells it.  It's cloth backed and very sturdy.  Use a backing board too so you can apply some real pressure.  That's how to remove the dents.

 

Do you have a compressor?  If so you can sandblast the face when done and those beauties will look like brand new when your done.  Harbor Freight sells a small blaster gun that would work just fine on those.

I don’t really have any tools. I’ll just have to use the sandpaper that you showed me and see how that goes

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I recently got a couple of sets of DCI's for me and my daughters to play, I'm really impressed I've never played Titleist irons.

 

What I've done is just go over everything with a coarse then fine steel wool and then lightly with a scotch brite pad. My home course where I play has a rocky soil so I've just come to the conclusion any irons I play will get dinged. The DCI's are easily the softest feeling 431 ss I've ever felt(I read they had a special heat treatment), much like my prior 304 ss blades but not as soft as most forgings. 

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