About Lead Tape

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  1. Mister drool

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    Does anyone knows what type of glue the industry uses in the assorted lead tape we normally use?

    Is it gummy type glue, or a double sided duck tape sort of thing?

    I'm trying to know what it is, because I want to make a new type of lead tape for my frames.

    All answers welcome (yes even troll ones, you never know, from withing something stupid, may lay a brilliant answer)

    Thanks
     
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  2. Muppet

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    gummy type glue, one side, but not much of it.
     
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  3. Mister drool

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    And do you know what type of gummy glue is used?
    Or can I just buy a similar glue from a hardware store?
     
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  4. max

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    Why not just buy a roll of double-sided adhesive Scotch tape? I use that to add to my grips. It should work well with the lead, I should think.
     
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  5. tennytive

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    You could also try spray glue, 3M I think.

    Whatever you use, do it sparingly until you know whether or not it will pull paint off your racket when removing the lead tape.
     
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  6. mark999

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    rubber cement works great.
     
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  7. beernutz

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    I put head tape over my lead because the glue on it is not strong enough to hold it on by itself.
     
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  8. Mister drool

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    So up until now, we have the following sugestions:

    - Gummy type glue (no particular brand?)

    - double-sided adhesive Scotch tape, also used to better hold onto grips

    - Spray glue 3M

    - Rubber cement (good one this one was a not so obvious choice)

    Keeping in mind that the type of leadtape i am trying to replycate, will not be as heavy as normal lead tape. Rubber cement seems to be a cool choice, but will it be too strong a adhesive?
     
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  9. Big_Dangerous

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    Yep I do this as well. I just add a little black finishing tape to the top of my frame where I added the lead tape.
     
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  10. magnut

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    You have to use a roller guys. Put your lead tape on and roll it then it will not come off. It wont pull paint of either.
     
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  11. charliefedererer

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    Are you putting the lead tape on the inside of the frame so that it won't be loosened if your racquet head touches the ground, and so you can leave it on when getting the racquet restrung?

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  12. Dear Djordje

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    You gonna glue basalt rocks onto your racquet or something? :shock:
     
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  13. Big_Dangerous

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    I never would have thought of putting lead tape on the outside of the frame. That just seemed like common sense to put on the inside of the frame. But I put my lead tape between 11 - 1 o' clock on the frame.
     
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  14. gavna

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    Back in the 70s and even in the 80s it was common to see the lead on the outside of the frame.......we would add and subtract strips of tape based on conditions, how we felt, court speed...etc. In fact Jimmy Connors would have layers of tape on the outside of his frames that he would peel off based on how he was playing during changeovers.
     
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  15. El Diablo

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    ^^ gotta love Connors; he also had lead on the racquet assymetrically so that when he hit groundstrokes the heavier side of the frame head was closer to the ground.
     
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