DIY – “How To Paint-Fill Your Own Golf Clubs”

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Paint Fill Your Putter In 4 Easy Steps!

Changing the paint fill on my golf clubs is something I have always done. It is my desire to have clubs that look different from what everyone else has in their bag. Paint filling a putter is a relatively easy task to accomplish (4 easy steps!) and is low cost. At I have been refinishing putters for over 10 years and have tried many ways to paint fill the engravings. The method I am going to show you is the easiest I have found. It can be done on irons, drivers, fairway woods, and putters.

The putter being used is one that I designed while on paternity leave after the birth of my twin daughters in January. It showcases the nickel finish and engraving that I offer. I don't normally use pink paint on my clubs but felt it is appropriate since the engravings being paint filled are my daughters names.

Put on your rubber gloves and eye protection. I didn't use gloves in the pictures because it was distracting from the steps being demonstrated. I highly recommend using all the necessary safety gear when using acetone.

Most fingernail polish remover has acetone as an ingredient. So, fingernail polish remover can be used in place of the acetone. I use acrylic paint because I have found that it is more durable, comes in more colors, dries faster, water will clean the brushes, and it is non-toxic. I have also found that enamel paint can be ruined by some oils used on putters to prevent rust and protect finishes. Ok...let's get started!

Step 1 - Remove The Old Paint

Dip a small section of the towel in the acetone. Rub the engravings to remove the paint fill. This may take a few attempts. For hard to remove paint, you can pour small amounts of the acetone and let it sit for 2-3 minutes. You should then be able to remove the rest of the paint using the towel method.

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Step 2 - Make Sure The Putter Is Completely Dry

Use a dry portion of the towel and wipe the areas to be paint filled. Acetone evaporates pretty quickly so there might not be much to wipe off.

Step 3 - Applying The Paint

Choose the desired paint color(s). A paint brush for each color is highly recommended. Apply the paint generously to the engravings without worrying about going outside the lines. The excess will be removed in the next step. Try to avoid air bubbles. They can be removed using a sweeping motion of the brush through the painted engraving. Let the paint dry for at least 30 minutes. Clean the brushes in tap water and dry them after they have been cleaned.

Step 4 - Removing The Excess Paint

Dip the small pieces of paper towel in the acetone. Using a circular motion, rub the paper towel over the painted areas to remove the excess. Do small areas at a time, using a new piece of paper towel with each area. After you have wiped the whole area, use a new piece of paper towel with a smaller amount of acetone and go back over the engraving to ensure that all the excess paint has been removed. Repeat steps 3 & 4 for each layer of color. More layers makes the paint fill more durable. You can then go over all of the new paint fill with a clear coat.

Supplies needed:

  • Putter with engravings or stampings (Various prices and various places to purchase)
  • Rubber gloves ($.50 a piece at Target)
  • Acrylic Paint ($3.00 a bottle at any hobby or craft store)
  • Paint brushes ($0.75 a piece at any hobby or craft store)Towel ($1.00 at Target)
  • Small pieces of paper towel ($.50 a roll paper towel at Target)
  • Acetone or fingernail polish remover ($2.50 for a small bottle at any Home/Hardware Store)
  • Tap Water (Free)
  • About $10.00 if you use 2 paint colors

Your Done! - Finished Putter

At I have been personalizing and refinishing putters for over 10 years. I love the challenge of taking a well used putter and returning it to near new condition. I do all that I can to remove all dings and surface imperfections prior to the new finish application. View Gallery

Custom Finishes Offered at

  • satin nickel
  • black oxide
  • oil brown
  • 24k gold
  • and bead blasting for stainless.

New Finish Available! has developed a new dark finish for stainless steel as well. It allows for the mill marks and other surface characteristics to show through instead of being covered up as happens when the black oxide finish is applied.

If You Can Imagine Can Make It!

I can do all variations of engravings. If it can be put on a piece of paper in black and white then it can be engraved into metal. The machining that I offer includes milling, making new necks for putters, sound slots, making new inserts, and custom made putters. I also offer welding. I value quality over quantity when it comes to my work.

For More Info Contact:

Kevin Colbert
(612) 386-6414

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{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

Dave February 25, 2016 at 10:14 am

What do you use for the clear coat and is it a similar application process?


Marcus January 15, 2015 at 8:33 pm

I have a scotty go lo putter that has the black finish. I would like to paint the alignment line white. Is there any need to remove the black finish before adding the paint?


Don April 22, 2014 at 9:46 pm

If you do not want the paint to come off Use a epoxy based primer and then an epoxy based paint like Awlgrip used on boats.


Connor McKinnon March 20, 2014 at 9:26 pm

What is the best type of paint for this job, when I do it the paint on the bottom of the putter comes off in days… Any help??


Cole March 3, 2014 at 3:42 pm

Will this work on metal woods? Or would I simply just paint over the old colour on a metal wood?


Jordan May 1, 2010 at 3:11 pm

Another question, when i was rubbing off the excess, it seemed to have spread out instead of simply coming off, leaving a tinted area around it. Anybody know how to fix this, or more importantly how to avoid it next time? Thanks in advance.


Connor McKinnon March 20, 2014 at 9:27 pm

The same thing happened to me


bob February 22, 2010 at 4:23 pm

so this will work and be glossy well i went to their site what kind of their paint would i need and this would not ruin my clubs correct


bob February 19, 2010 at 3:58 pm

What type of paint should I use for more like a glossy finish like the scotty start with in that red


mygolfspy February 22, 2010 at 8:10 am

Tamiya Paints has the color your looking for Bob.


Lyndon February 8, 2010 at 12:38 am

Hey what kind of paint is it that you are using?


Andrew January 18, 2010 at 7:13 pm

Mr. Colbert,
Thanks for this info, this was very helpful. I just finished a custom paint fill on my Titleist putter and wedges, following your procedure, and they turned out incredible. I was really heisitant to do it, but your website made it sound so easy I just had to do it. I am so thrilled with the results and so amazed with how cheap and easy it was to do. Although next time I might try acetone as the non-actetome nail polish remover I used took some time, effot and a little help from a safety pin to remove all the old paint. Awesome advice, thanks again! Attached is a photo, hopefully it goes through. It’s not much of a change, but I think its classic.



frank December 16, 2009 at 11:59 am

I wonder if you could advise on which type of paint to use on my metal fly fishing reel. I have tried acrylic and I can’t seem to fill in the ingraving on the fly reel. I look forwar to hearing from you.


Doc October 19, 2009 at 9:45 pm

When you are wiping the excess off,how do you keep the acetone from “running” into the area already painted and ruining it?


mygolfspy October 20, 2009 at 7:22 am

Doc- it actually smooths the paint out in the grooves a little. As long as you dont wipe over and over it will not effect it.


Neil October 15, 2009 at 9:04 am

Interesting article. I like getting the DIY angle here.


Petes October 12, 2009 at 11:42 am

Just wondering whether the acetone will damage the putter finishes like the Cameron black pearl finish.



Kevin May 5, 2011 at 4:38 pm

No, acetone won’t ruin a finish.


14STIX April 7, 2009 at 7:22 am

Very cool. I’ve also done paintfills using a paint pen/marker and sealed it with SuperGlue. It’s just as durable and easy to do – but you’re sort of limited to pretty basic colors like black, gold, red, silver…


Jon Ashworth March 18, 2009 at 9:18 am

Nice one – sounds great! I’ll give you a shout when I’ve had a go with the paint. Cool!


mygolfspy March 18, 2009 at 2:37 pm

Look forward to it!


Jon Ashworth March 16, 2009 at 8:42 am

I love this idea. I might have to go and have start painting up my clubs. I love customisation, I really wish we could get more of it in the UK.

All we need now is something that allows us to engrave our own clubs professionally and we’re in. Great article.


mygolfspy March 16, 2009 at 11:22 am

We are working on the engraving thing for you 😉 If you paint up an old club shoo us some pics of your work.


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