Cricket bats are extremely durable things however like all timber products they are prone to drying out as time goes on so we have a few handy tips now that the season is getting under way.
- Re-apply extratec. Remove your old extratec, sand down your bat & apply new extratec. Sounds easy however when removing old extratec it can leave sticky residue behind & the best way to get this off is to sand it off. Don't use an adhesive remover at all as this can dry out the timber. Hopefully you have a electric sander that you can use. Start with 80 grit sandpaper, then 180 grit, then 240 grit to make it all smooth again. Once you have it nice & smooth you can apply a new sheet of extratec! You can oil your bat with RAW Linseed oil before you put new extratec on however you will need to wait a couple of weeks for the oil to dry enough to allow the adhesive from the extratec to stick.
- Re-oil your bat. If your bat doesn't have any extratec on it then grab some 180 or 240 grit sandpaper & lightly sand the bat. This will allow the top layer of willow fibres to open up & allow the absorption of the oil. To apply the RAW linseed oil, fill up the cap, dip your fingers in & spread the oil onto all of the exposed willow on the cricket bat. Let the bat lay horizontally for 24 hours & once dry, give it another coat. Once this is done it's ready to go.
- Replace your grip. Rubber grips can perish over time so replace it so it doesn't let you down when the first game comes around.
- Repairs. Check for any repairs that may need to happen. You can try to fix these your self but most times it's better to get a pro to fix them. We can do it here at Cooper Cricket however there may be a bat maker/bat repairer in your area that can help you out.
Important information about bat oil
RAW linseed oil & BOILED linseed oil ARE NOT THE SAME. BOILED linseed oil will dry out your bat. RAW linseed oil will nourish your bat & put moisture back into it.
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