How to Refinish a Scotty Cameron Putter

By J.D. Chi

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Refinishing a Scotty Cameron putter requires precision and some do-it-yourself experience. Because the putters are pricey to begin with, beginning club makers should consider having their Scotty Camerons professionally refinished or doing a practice run on a throw-away putter first.


Difficulty: Moderately Challenging
  1. Remove the putter head from the putter by placing the putter a vise parallel to the floor. Using a heat gun, apply heat evenly around the hosel for about a minute. Twist the head counterclockwise to remove.
  2. Remove the filler paint by applying mineral spirits or paint thinner. To get into the grooves, dip a Q-tip into the solvent and rub it along the indentations until the paint is removed. If you're having a particularly hard time with the paint, lay the putter down and pour a small amount of solvent into the grooves. Let it sit for a few minutes, then wipe down again.
  3. Remove the finish on the putter by soaking it in Coke for about two hours. After you have soaked it, wipe the finish off with a soft rag.
  4. Use acrylic paint to fill the indentations on the putter. Use a small paintbrush to get the paint into all the crevices. Don't worry about going outside the lines. If you do go outside the lines, wait until the paint dries and then wipe carefully with a Q-tip or small piece of paper towel dipped in solvent.
  5. Use a soft rag to apply a new coat of "Pro Platinum" finish (or whatever finish you choose) to the entire clubhead. Let it dry and repeat until the color is uniform. Let the whole putter head dry for a few hours before attaching the clubhead to the shaft.
  6. Rough up the thinnest part of the new shaft with fine sandpaper in preparation for installing it into the hosel. Put a thin coat of epoxy into the hosel and on the shaft, then insert the shaft into the hosel. Put a new shaft collar in place.
  7. Install a new grip by wrapping the top of the shaft with double-sided tape. Leave about a 1/2 inch of tape hanging over the butt of the club and tuck this into the hole at the top of the shaft once you have removed the tape's protective covering.
  8. Stick a tee into the hole at the top of the new grip. Pour solvent into the new grip and swish it around to wet the interior, then slide the grip onto the putter and twist to get the proper alignment.
  9. Stand the club up and lean it against a wall or table. Let it dry overnight.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you are practiced at welding, you may want to replace the hosel, as well. To do so, you must cut off the old hosel and the weld the new one into place.
  • Work in a well-ventilated area and wear protective gloves and goggles.

About the Author

J.D. Chi is a professional journalist who has covered sports for more than 20 years at newspapers all over the United States. She has covered major golf tournaments and the NFL as well as travel and health topics. Chi received her Bachelor of Arts in professional writing from Carnegie Mellon University and is working toward a master's degree in journalism.