All natural-faced bats when first purchased should be lightly sanded with maximum grit 150 sandpaper to remove any wax or polish from the factory. It is then essential now that you have exposed the virgin wood to then lightly oil the face edges & toe with the proper cricket bat oil (linseed oil is best for this ). Do not oil the splice as this will weaken the glue and damage the finely crafted handle. Once this has been completed always place your bat in a horizontal position after oiling, as this will allow the oil to soak in evenly into the blade ( do not store in a bat case at this time). An extra coat should be put on the toe to protect from damp pitches and moisture retained in artificial wickets as the oil will act as a buffer.
After a few days of the bat resting in this position with no play, your RJR bat should be oiled again as per the method above. During the summer the bat only needs to be lightly oiled and sanded but do not over oil. The best guide is to always maintain sufficient oil to prevent moisture penetration but not enough that the bat is wet to touch. Bats with anti-scuff sheeting or poly faces do not need to be oiled on the face, but should be oiled on the toe and only very lightly on the back and never near the splice. Over oiling can causes as many problems as under oiling, so if you are ever in any doubt please send your bat to RJR and we can complete the necessary service or repairs for you to keep the performance and life of the bat at its optimum.