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Firstly check to see if your bat needs another coat of oil. To do this, using a reasonable amount of pressure, run your thumbnail up the blade of the bat, from the toe to just below where the front sticker is. If there is a tiny speck of oil where your thumbnail is, there is enough oil. However, if there is no oil the blade will need to be oiled again.
YOUR BAT SHOULD BE TESTED IN THIS MANNER APPROX. EVERY 3 TO 4 WEEKS.
Lightly sandpaper the surface of the bat with 180 - 200 grit sandpaper.
THIS SHOULD BE DONE PRIOR TO OILING YOUR BAT ON EVERY OCCASION.
Pour enough oil onto the blade of the bat to cover approx. a 50 cent coin.
Using either your finger or a piece of cloth, rub the oil into the front, sides and toe of the bat, ensuring none of the oil comes into contact with any of the stickers. DO NOT PUT ANY OIL ON THE SPLICE.
Leave the bat lying horizontal (blade up) overnight.
Oiling your Cricket Bat It stops the willow from drying out and greatly reduces the risk of cracking. When first purchased, natural-faced bats should be lightly sanded with 150 grit sandpaper to remove polish and then lightly oiled with cricket bat oil or linseed oil all over the face and the toe using a soft rag or your finger (do not apply oil to the splice as it can weaken the glue). Alternatively you have the option of applying an Extratec cover which will help to protect the bat in the initial knocking in stage and beyond. The Extratec cover provides extra protection to help guard against general wear and tear. After one season the Extratec should be removed (slowly across the grain) and lightly sanded and oiled. A new Extratec cover can be re-applied once the bat has dried out sufficiently (usually 2-3 weeks).
If you have bought a covered bat, or one fitted with an anti-scuff sheet, less oiling is required, as these bats are able to retain their moisture.
If you are not sure about how much oil to apply, simply ask one of our experienced staff members or bring your bat into one of our stores for some professional assistance.
Every cricket bat needs to be “Knocked-In”. Some cricket bats claim to be “pre-prepared” in the factory, but this does not mean that the bat is ready for use. A pre-prepared bat will have been oiled, pressed, and lightly knocked-in by hand, but it will still need a minimum of 2-hours knocking-in before it can be used. Bats that are not pre-prepared will need even longer (around 5 to 6 hours).
The more thorough the knocking-in process, the less chance there is of your bat breaking.