In any sport, the most important thing to a player is his/the equipment that they use in the game the same is the case with darts. The most important in a darts game are a dartboard and darts.
If you are a darts player then you should take good care of your darts to increase their life span. Polishing and cleaning your darts can help bring back their shiny and brand-new look back.
It’s not just about its shiny look but it can also help in maintaining its top performance and increasing its life span. Most professional darts player keep their clean and top-notch condition because it keeps the darts accurate and stable.
In the case of polishing things get a little difficult because to polish your darts, you need to know what would be the best method for the type of darts you are using. We’ll make sure to cover all the things related to keeping your darts shiny and brand new.
Polishing Your Darts
Polish your darts to keep them shiny and new. The process of polish depends on how dirty your dart barrel is. There is one thing you have to keep in mind before polishing because the tip of the dart can be affected by the material used to polish it.
The things you need to clean the dart are some soapy water and a toothbrush well these two things are mostly used to clean things like these. If your dart is really dirty and you are not able to clean it completely then you might need to use 100% acetone (nail polish remover).
Before you go ahead with 100% acetone to clean your darts, don’t use it if your darts barrels are painted because the acetone will remove dirt and paint from your darts.
Polishing the Dart Barrels
The barrel is the one that needs the most cleaning because that’s the part that is used the most and that’s the part that captures all the dirt. Polishing the barrel is not that hard but it’s the cleaning part that takes time and work. Polishing the barrel is not hard because you don’t have to be super careful as doesn’t damage your dart.
Washing it With Acetone
You can use this process only if your dart barrel is not painted because if it is and soaks your dart in 100% acetone nail polish remover then it will not only remove dirt from your dart but also its paint.
If your dart is really dirty and it isn’t painted then you should go ahead with this process. Start by soaking it in 100% acetone for about 10 – 15 minutes but be careful you don’t want to soak the whole dart in acetone because it can damage the tip of the dart.
If your dart is painted and it’s dirty then you should not soak it in 100% acetone nail polish remover. If you still put it in 100% acetone then the paint from the dart will come off along with the dirt.
In this case, you should go to the soap and water step because soapy water doesn’t affect the paint on the barrel.
To avoid getting your dart tip in 100% acetone you should dip the dart barrel side down in a small empty bottle and then fill it with enough nail polish remover so that only the dart barrel is soaked in it.
Then let the dart stay in the nail polish remover for 10 – 15 minutes. After that take the dart out of it and then rinse it off in cold water.
Washing it With Warm Soapy Water
After that make warm soapy water and clean the dart in it by scrubbing it with a toothbrush.
After you are done scrubbing it in warm soapy water put a small amount of toothpaste on the barrel of the dart and start scrubbing it with a toothbrush. It will polish your dart barrel and give it a nice shiny look.
Polishing the Dart Tips
Polishing the dart tip is also important for its performance. To do that you should make warm soapy water in some container and scrub the dart tip with a toothbrush. After you are done scrubbing let it dry completely.
This process is enough to give a nice polishing to the tip without damaging it. Keep one thing in mind never submerge the tip and especially in acetone because it will damage the dart tips.
Polishing dart tip applies to only steel tip darts, not soft tips. The tips of soft tip darts can be changed with new ones.
If you still want to polish them with a real polish then grab a metal polish for your dart tips. Be careful about picking a polish for your dart tips it should be suitable for the type of your dart tip.
How to Maintain Your Darts in Good Shape
The maintenance of your darts is important for maintaining your dart’s good performance. The maintenance includes polishing and cleaning your darts these two are the most important things for this. There are a few other things you can do to keep your darts in an optimal state.
Use Clean Hands
Most people use chalk on their hands to improve their grip for their throws. If you don’t clean the chalk after the game then this could damage your darts. If you use chalk or wax for better then you have to clean your dart properly after the game.
If you are not a player who uses chalk then it’s better to not use it. The best thing is to use your darts when your hands are clean.
Don’t Let Dirt Sit on the Barrels
As we have said earlier that it’s better to handle your darts when your hands are clean because the oil from your hands can get into the barrel and starts to damage it. So it’s better to wipe it after every game.
It is wise not to let any dirt stay on your dart so keep your darts clean to keep them in top shape.
Keep Your Darts Tip Sharpened
The tip should be sharp if you want your dart to perform better so it is better if you keep them sharp. The dart tip should be rounded not pointy there are dart tips sharpener to keep them in shape.
The dart’s tip sharpener is cylindrical in shape and made of stone. The process of sharpening starts by inserting the dart tips and moving them in a circular motion to keep them rounded.
It is good to keep the darts in top shape, they will last longer and perform better. Always clean the dart before using it and sharpen it. You can use any process mentioned above in the article that suits you best.
To keep them sharp, you should always use a darts sharpener. A sharp darts tip is a good way to make sure that they will perform well. You should be careful when sharpening your darts. The tip should be round, not pointy so it can hold its form.
Always use a sharpener after you have cleaned and polished the dart tips. If you need to sharpen the tip of the darts regularly, you should make sure you clean the sharpener often. Keep in mind that a sharp dart tip can hurt you.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Often Should I Polish My Darts?
You should clean your darts after every month or two if you are a regular dart player. The best way to clean your darts in scrub your dart with a toothbrush in warm soapy water this can keep your dart shiny.
How do you shine darts?
You can keep your darts shiny by washing them in warm soapy water and scrubbing the dirt off with a toothbrush. To give extra shine you put a small amount of toothpaste on a toothbrush and scrub it on your dart this will work as a polish and give a brand new look.