There are about a dozen different materials in a typical two-piece cue. All of those materials expand and contract differently with heat and cold. The constant expanding and contracting is largely responsible for components of a cue being eventually felt through the finish. The finish is also worn down over time just by handling and playing with a cue. Taking it out of a case, putting it back in the case, cleaning the cue, in short every time it is touched the finish is being worn down. Metal rings are a particular problem. Because metal will expand and contract more readily than the other materials in a cue. Moisture, or humidity, is another cue killer. Most materials will absorb water and they swell when they do. The various results of exposure to temperature extremes alone can be severe. Joints become brittle and lose, rings poke through a previously smooth finish, inlays pop up and the finish separates from the surface of the wood. Unless you are going to hermetically seal the cue in a temperature and humidity controlled environment all you can do is slow down the process. In almost every cue with metal rings you will eventually be able to feel them through the finish.
Archive for March, 2008
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Keep in mind your Pool Cue is like a delicate musical instrument. Treat it like one. It is just fine to play the heck out of it, like violinists do, when they perform. They carefully take the violin out of its case, guard it when they aren’t actually playing and carefully return it to its case when they finish. They don’t prop it up against a wall, thump it on the floor, or toss it on a table. You should do the same. Keep your cue stored carefully when you aren’t performing. Store it in a solid case in an upright position away from heat and air conditioning vents. Don’t keep your cue in a damp basement or a hot attic. And, try not to give it prolonged exposure to direct sunlight. It doesn’t take as much as you might think to warp a shaft. Leaning the cue up against a wall overnight may be enough to do it. Even a shaft left long enough on a flat surface can eventually warp. The butt can also warp. The ideal temperature range for a cue is 68 to 72 degrees with modest humidity.