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When I typed in a search on google “how to replace a bat end cap” I got some interesting queries.

 

The first one was from eHow“How to Remove Bat End Cap”. It started off by saying to use a screw driver and a rubber mallet to get the cap off. This almost made me stop reading. A screw driver will not remove a cap off effectively and will most likely cause damage to the cap.

The #2 top search was “How to Remove an End Cap on a Softball Bat” . This one will have you using boiling water and if that does not work a blow torch (yes you read that right).

 

How to Remove and Replace a Softball or Baseball End Cap

The removal part is something that is a secret among bat shavers as it takes a lot of trial and error to come up with a process that works. Some bat shavers on the Internet still have not mastered this art and rely on sub-par work and aftermarket caps to remove and replace end caps. I will not go into every technique of end cap removal but rather one that works on a lot of bats. Only problem is you need a bat rolling machine; electric or manual.

 

Step 1

Place the bat into the Bat Roller as pictured below. The edge of the roller should be about 1/8 inch to 1/16 of an inch away from cap.

 

 

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Removal of an Softball or Baseball end cap

Step 2

Apply pressure to bat. Pressure will vary; start off at half pressure and work your way up. The end cap area can be a bit more delicate so you need to be careful and patient.

Step 3

As you turn the bat rolling machine the goal is to get the end cap to creep out about 1/16 to 1/8 of an inch.

Step 4

Once the end cap creeps out adjust the bat so the rollers are about 1/2 inch behind the end cap (as opposed to right up close to it as pictured in step 1.

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This process will not work for every bat but quite a few models. If you have the time, money and patience you can learn to effectively remove end caps but there is not going to be an easy instruction manual because there are so many variables and techniques for specific bats.

 

 

Step 2

Clean the area you just sanded to remove excess debris. Use a mineral spirits or alcohol to wipe down area. Make sure area is completely dry.

Step 3

Apply a flexible epoxy to the inside of the barrel where the cap will seat into the barrel. It is ok to be liberal with putting epoxy on area. There are plenty of flexible epoxies on the market and Home Depot or Lowes will have a few.

Step 4

You will have to seat the cap inside the barrel. This can be accomplished by placing the cap on top of the barrel opening and pressing it on. It can be “pressed” on using a large 40” clamp or you can place the cap on the floor and put the barrel over the cap and use your body weight to seat the end cap.

Step 5

Clean the excess epoxy of the barrel with a mineral spirit or alcohol. You can also leave the excess flexible epoxy on the barrel and you will be able to peel it off rather easily when it dries.

 

That is how to remove and replace a baseball or softball end cap. It can be done by the beginner but practice makes perfect.

replacement of softball end cap

Step 5

Again, roll the bat slowly added pressure with patience. Some bats may crack while rolling but that sound will be the hard-brittle epoxy some bat manufacturers use. It also could be the bat composite or laminate is breaking, in this case your bat has big problems. This scenario is where a bat shaving professional can help in end cap removal.

 

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Replacement is a little easier. The most important thing is to clean the area for a solid bond.

Step 1

Use a Dremel with a sanding drum attachment to clean excess epoxy from the cap and barrel of the bat. You can also use sand paper or a file.

Replacement of a Softball or Baseball end cap

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