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So I snapped the point off one of my darts.
Bad bounce out + miss my rug + concrete floor = sadness.

Of course the point broke off right at the barrel edge.

There is a tiny edge that I may get some grip on using needle nose pliers but have a few questions.

Yes, I did a bunch of searches and read every thread regarding broken points I could find.

Few questions still...

-Anyone know of a repair service in the US? All of the shops near me are all soft tip and don't deal with steel tip.

-I may use the vinegar trick and let the darts soak/point rusts out. I'm just concerned because they're John Part Golden Hero's...will the vinegar affect the gold finish?

-I've heard of using a torch to heat the point/the broken piece just popping out. Will heat damage the Unicorn gold finish? How hot are we talking about?

-Has anyone successfully attempted to drill out a point? Since I have a straight barrel dart, I was thinking of finding a piece of steel tubing that's an inch longer than the barrel that the dart can slide into tightly. Then I would slip a thick washer that I can slide in the top of the tube...the hole in the washer would be the slightly smaller than the barrel point so if you look down the washer hole from the top, all you'll see is the broken point portion. This would give me a drill guide. Maybe use a small washer first to drill a smaller hole then move up to a bigger bit.
Has anyone had any luck with drilling? I was thinking a cobalt tip/oil.

-If I call around to a machine shop...what is the specific name of the tool that is capable of drilling into the point/popping it out?

-Any other tricks? I'm not sending them overseas. I just ordered some dart supplies from the UK and it took almost 3 weeks due to Los Angeles customs being sooooo slow.


I'm not too worried about scratching the very edge/nose since I'll be throwing on Storm points. Just curious if anyone has had any real luck with any of these options.
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tip= point ?
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Thanks...edited for clarity

Yeah, sorry, years of soft tip playing and just using "tips" to describe the point.
But yeah, broken point at the edge of the barrel.
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You have a local metalcompany what make exact/specialized parts ?
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Maybe...Ill have to look around
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Any decent machinist should be able to drill it out for you... but there's always risk. Someone else will have to answer regarding vinegar and or heat on the gold... I'm not sure.
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Do you have a pic of the dart? If there's enough left there to grab I may be able to fix it for you and you could send your other darts with the storms and I'd be happy to fit them for you.

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The vinegar will not affect the barrels or coating. I did it on my golden Taylor phase 2s and the barrel came out of the vinegar looking the same as when it went in.
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I think it got skipped over, and Ive never had to do it myself, but Ive read people soak it in vinegar overnight or up to a couple days because it will literally dissolve the point, but not the dart.I guess vinegar doesnt like steel, but is fine with tungsten, nickel and titanium?

edit: Oh its because you already mentioned you knew what the trick was in the first post haha. Well I guess Danny answered your question.
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some guy on Facebook asked me a while ago about the same problem, I told him about the vinegar trick, he said it worked but had to leave it in about a week, I have never tried it myself though.
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Takes at least 4 weeks in vinegar from my experience. To drill them out properly they need to be put in a lathe, or you will most likely ruin them
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Because I would be worried about wallering the barrel so that points no longer fit snug, I would be hesitant to try and drill them out. 5% clear distilled vinegar had no effect on the tungsten or black PVD coating on my dart, but I understand someone else has commented on the gold finish. It did take over three weeks for the two little blackened steel nugget remains of the old point to fall out, but I imagine sending them off would be the same thing. I think I would try the 6% cleaning vinegar next time to speed it up a little.
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(10-23-2014, 04:47 PM)Getagrip Wrote: some guy on Facebook asked me a while ago about the same problem, I told him about the vinegar trick, he said it worked but had to leave it in about a week, I have never tried it myself though.

Thanks for that info. Going to try vinegar asap
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(03-07-2018, 03:52 AM)tmibrit Wrote:
(10-23-2014, 04:47 PM)Getagrip Wrote: some guy on Facebook asked me a while ago about the same problem, I told him about the vinegar trick, he said it worked but had to leave it in about a week, I have never tried it myself though.

Thanks for that info. Going to try vinegar asap
This is an old thread, lots of newer ones laying about.  Here's a couple:

https://www.dartsnutz.net/forum/showthre...?tid=25553
https://dartsnutz.net/forum/showthread.php?tid=18598

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