How to Finish a Wooden Baseball Bat
Baseball is known as America's pastime and is played by people across the nation. If you have chosen to design and make your own wooden bat, it will need an appropriate finish to protect it and stop the wood from decaying. You could also try putting a new finish on an existing bat that's looking worse for wear, or you can buy an unfinished baseball bat if you want to experiment with your own finish.
Sand the baseball bat with the electric sander until it is smooth. If you are using a bat that is already finished, make sure you remove all of the existing paint or varnish.
Coat the bat with one layer of the polyurethane spray. Hold the can around 12 inches away from the bat while spraying and try to coat it evenly. Allow the polyurethane to dry, which will take around 30 minutes.
Rub the bat lightly in a circular motion with the steel wool. Make sure you don't completely remove any of the finish; you just want to smooth it out for the next coat.
Apply another coat of the polyurethane spray and allow it to dry for 30 minutes. This will be your final coat.
Sand the bat again with the steel wool to give it a smooth, even finish.
If you'd like to paint anything on your bat, do this after sanding with the electric sander, and before applying the first layer of polyurethane.
Make sure you spray the polyurethane in a well-ventilated area.
- Jonathan M Projects: Wooden Baseball Bats
- Youtube: Akadema Shows You How a Baseball Bat is Made
- "Louisville Slugger: The Making of a Baseball Bat"; Jan Arnow; 1984
- If you'd like to paint anything on your bat, do this after sanding with the electric sander, and before applying the first layer of polyurethane.
- Make sure you spray the polyurethane in a well-ventilated area.
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