February 06, 2019 at 08:35 PM
By Luke H
Luke HEau Claire, WI
I have a Newport 2 I sent to the custom shop a couple years ago. I was thinking of sending it back in to have some of the fill colors changed from blue to white. Has anyone ever tried this? I wonder if they would make me pay for a restoration and then repay for all my stamps I have on it, or would charge for the re-coloring?
February 07, 2019 at 08:16 PM
Depending on the contingent you talk to, there will most definitely get a few conflicting opinions on this subject… Generally, 3 main viewpoints. You’ll get:
1.) The purists who would argue that any changes to a Cameron putter be done by the Custom Shop.
Generally they are speaking from a re-sale value standpoint, in order to ensure as much return on your investment as possible. They
would send their car to the custom shop for an oil change if they could. While I tend to agree with these guys for high-end putters &
Tour sticks, OTR putters & older stuff generally doesn’t need the attention of the Custom Shop, or the price tag that accompanies it.
2.) The folks who think Scotty is an evil villain, hiding in a secret lair within the rocky Monterey peninsula, plotting ways to destroy
the world with “over-priced” putters, and branded junk.
These guys ironically own at least one “over-priced” putter, they will NEVER cave in to the Custom Shop, regardless of the situation.
They would argue that for the price, you could very well buy a new or new(er) version of the putter you already have. While I can’t
dispute that, I wouldn’t send my 009 anywhere else for a restoration… THAT would just be irrational.
3.) The people (myself included) who embrace the Custom Shop when necessary, but also have found an incredible amount of joy
and passion for doing work yourself!
ESPECIALLY if all you are looking to change is the paint fill, I would recommend taking a stab at it yourself! It is definitely not as
hard as you think, and is certainly the most cost-efficient. Worst case scenario – you screw up everything… the Custom shop will still
do work on your putter, as long as no other cosmetic changes/alterations have been made to your putter. (other than the paint fill)
Long story short – do whatever you think is best… Unless we’re talking like a NP2 Timeless, or a Toolbox putter of some sort, I would highly recommend giving the paint fill a shot at home. Who knows, (like me) you could fall in love with restoring putters, and it could lead to another completely awesome hobby!
Aloha BruceSunnyvale, CA
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