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Buffalo Billiards Supply offers a range of Pool Cue Repair services for all of our pool cues such as: 

  • Pool shaft cleaning
  • Retipping
  • Linen rewrapping
  • Ferrule Replacement  
  • Shipping or local drop off available
  • Some cue repairs may take a few days

Repairing your pool cue can cost you anywhere from $10 to $15, just for the pool cue tip. And if you are a regular in this game, this might be an expense you want to avoid. But don't worry, Buffalo Billiards in Northern California has your back.

And for those do-it-yourselfers, we've added below 2 common practices on how to repair a pool cue on your own.


#1 Repairing the Pool Cue Tip

For this type of pool cue repair, you will need the following:

  • Rasps
  • New cue tip
  • Nail polish remover
  • Tip clamp
  • Superglue Gel or Barge cement
  • Razorblade or a sharp knife
  • Fine grit sandpaper
  • Paper towels
  • Rubber bands

Pool Cue Tip Repair Instructions:

First, you will need to remove the old tip by scraping it off the pool cue shaft with a razorblade and removing any leather material or old glue from the ferrule to make sure that the surface is clean.

Gently sand the top of the ferrule to make sure that the surface is clean and smooth. It would be best if you used the paper towels with nail polish remover to make sure that all the dust is wiped away. Just make sure that no residue from the polish remover stays on the wood or the new tip.

Your new cue tip should be similar in size to the old one, and it is always better if it is slightly larger in case you need to trim off excess once it has dried.

Take the back of the tip and rub it on fine sand grit sandpaper; score the tip with the razorblade and get ready to apply superglue. Be careful with this step and use a drop or two on the bottom of the tip and the ferrule, then carefully place the tip on the ferrule.

Then, you will need to put the tip clamp on the stick and give it some time, such as an hour or more to sit and dry. To make sure it has enough pressure on it you should use a rubber band and wrap it around the cue and then pull up to the top of the cue tip.

Once it dries and you are sure that the tip is firmly attached, you can remove the clamp to see if it has glued properly. Check by gently rocking the tip between your fingers to make sure there is no movement.

If it does move around, you need to start from the beginning, and this time give it more time to dry. Once it is dried, you can do the previously mentioned final two steps.

That's it! When you are done repairing your pool cue tip, generously apply chalk and get back to your local pool hall to test it out!

#2 Straightening a Warped Pool Cue

When you lay your pool cue down on a pool table, the cue tip will go up and down as you roll the shaft from side to side. This means the pool cue is warped and you need to straighten it out before your next league game.

For this type of cue repair, you will need:

  • Heavy string
  • A damp place to hang your pool cue
  • Old tube socks
  • Clean water in a spray bottle
  • Tip clamp
  • 4-foot level

Warped Pool Cue Repair Instructions:

Admittedly, this kind of pool cue repair will take a lot of time, but it will be worth it. You can find the angle at which your pool cue bends by holding the pool cue by the butt and looking directly down to the floor.

Once you find the bend, hang your pool cue loosely using heavy string from the ceiling while you start to repair it.

Make sure to put a string that goes through the center of the tip clamp and place the tip clamp on the cue.

The next step is to lightly sand the varnish from the shaft of the pool cue, then tie the string to the ceiling. Once tied, spray the cue with water and keep damp and warm around 80 degrees.

Grab a pair of old tube socks and fill them with sand to give them weight. Then tie them to the butt of the already hanging pool cue. It is important to make sure the pool cue is hanging absolutely straight, making sure the area remains warm and humid. Do not move the pool cue for a couple of weeks.

After 2-3 weeks, check the straightness of the cue with a level that is at least 4-feet long. Do not take the pool cue down until you are satisfied and sure that the pool cue has straightened out.

If you have a pool cue that needs repair and are not sure if a DIY method is right for you, stop by your local Buffalo Billiards in Downtown Petaluma, CA or call (800) 400-4-CUE to schedule an appointment.