I own a vintage, wooden bat which I wanted to restore by myself, for myself.
Some of the areas where I required help are:
1) Removing stickers and their marks: There are these old stickers on the bat which are still their half-torn from the time I bought the bat (a decade ago). These stickers and their marks give the bat this old look which I want to transform to new. So what are the materials and ways of removing stickers and their marks from the bat and make it look like a new one? Will sanding cause the bat to loose its originality? Please clarify.
2) Crack (line visible) near the area joining the handle and the bat-body: Theres a crack near the area joining the handle to the main body of the bat, its not necessarily broken but its just deep crack (line visible) which I want to make doesn’t cause the bat to break in future. So do I fill it with adhesive or what measures should be taken?
3) Bottom part (where we apply the “toe guard”) has lost its shape: This part of the bat, due to constant thumping, has got deformed, i.e- lost its original semi-circular shape and has become irregularly shaped. So what do to, to get it back into its shape?
Some of the pics depicting conditions of my bat:
~(Same stickiness is on the front part)
So basically I need help to final the stuffs which I would require (and from where), and how to use them in executing the above mentioned steps effectively:)) I know lots of works to be done. But I certainly will be successful with your involvement.