Babolat Pure Storm Tour: stripped/painted/weighted

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  1. lawlaw

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    En route to pick up supplies to get these frames to my liking. Far too many colour options makes deciding on one a little difficult. Went with flat black frames and cyan frames on my last efforts. Sadly they met their maker when, without warning, the court suddenly rushed towards me. Self-defense?

    Black always looks solid, but white or a matte red would work well too. Will strip them first to see if the base material looks good enough to simply add a clear coat first. Yet to string them up or hit with them (ever) so it might get interesting. Will update as I go along.

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    Apologies for the delay. Chinese New Year = virtually all shops selling the equipment I need have been closed for a week. Managed to get sandpaper, working gloves, wire wool, face mask, paint brushes and masking tape at an international hardware store but they didn't have any paint stripper.

    Ordering the rest online, hoping they can get it sent over in a day or so.

    As a side note, went to view the new apartment we got and was AMAZED to discover a tennis court on the roof. Nobody told me, brilliant surprise! Might put a few tennis videos together on there once the frames are ready.

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    I love this kind of threads! :) Waiting for your updates
     
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    With a stack of sandpaper within reach and no paint stripper to hand, I had no patience to wait and see what lay underneath the stock paint. Doesn't look very attractive so far so doubt I will leave them bare without repainting them. Still undecided on the colour however.

    Phone camera not doing many favours. Will take some better snaps tomorrow.

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    loving this thread already. any intentions on weighing the racquet before and after? (a little obsessive i know)
     
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    Can do. I've read virtually every thread on here regarding paintjobs, that seems to be the one thing most forget to do.

    Seeing as I've not yet hit with this frame (bought in blind faith) or spent more than 15 mins with a Babolat frame before, it should be interesting. I haven't weighed my frames before, I've always gone by feel. I just cut off the lead tape and whack it on the frame until it feels right. From memory, I placed 4" strips of lead tape at 10.30 and 1.30. Two strips at each point, 8 in total per frame. This made the frames feel absolutely perfect.

    Interestingly, I've dropped down a few grip sizes with these to an L4. After the last frames went to racquet heaven, I was left without frames for a month. I then hit with a horrible Babolat Pure Drive frame and it was an L3. Coming from an L6 it was a big, big difference. He also had a L3 Pro Staff 95 Classic and it allowed some incredible maneuverability. I was hitting shots I had previously set up to hit but couldn't execute consistently, mainly the delicate flicking passing shots and shots which required a lot more finesse. A lot of feel which I had unknowingly sacrificed through a large grip suddenly returned. So a smaller grip size with tacky overgrip was the way forward.

    I used L6 in my playing days as the racquet would tend to fly out of my hand on my serve and that would be the end of it. The smaller grips felt great on the groundstrokes but didn't feel secure enough on serve, which was one of my main weapons, especially as an all-out serve-volley player. I had a match where I went through 4 frames in some seriously humid conditions. I came very close to not being able to finish that one due to only having taken 6 frames to the court. I played the last few games without flat serves to make sure I crossed the finish line. :D

    A big benefit here is.. stringing costs $1.5-3. Tempted to load up with 17 gauge string now. ;)
     
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    Oh dear.. I do wish they only had three colours to choose from. Far too many options. :D

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    Narrowed down to six colours. Clear red, chrome yellow, racing green, racing white, lavender and olive. Left the decision to someone else otherwise I'll procrastinate forever. Paints ordered, should be here on Tuesday. Decided not to strip the frames completely, don't have the time or patience. I will sand the frames and apply primer instead. Extra weight on light frames like these can only be a good thing for me.

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    Not entirely sure how long I will use these Babolat frames as the idea of returning to my beloved pro staff original 85 has popped into my head this evening. I only changed frame when Wilson stopped issuing them to players. Now daydreaming about just how sweet they felt when gliding around the court to strike the ball..

    Some brightly coloured PS Originals perhaps? :D
     
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    Emerald green, mustard yellow, burgundy and cobalt are fashionable. I'd try cobalt and burgundy.
     
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    Well, this is what happens when you leave a decision to woman, lovely as she is. "Choose one colour" I said. Neon green, neon orange and some shade of purple arrived in the post today. I will prep the frames tomorrow, spray the primer and see how they look before deciding if I will apply any of these colours. The only upside to being stuck with hideous looking frames is that the 6.0 Originals will arrive that much faster.

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    Thou shalt not get carried away and let third first coat dry before applying a second coat..

    Seriously tempted to simply prime and gloss as they look glorious in this rough-looking white.

    Pics to follow.
     
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    You're in China?

     
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    What gave it away? Chinese New Year comment or the B&Q China bag? ;)
     
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    Here are a few shots of the work so far. As previously mentioned, I have no patience and no real need to strip the frames of paint completely (famous last words). I chose instead to rough up the surface and apply a few coats of primer to give me a base to work from.

    Now the primer looks pretty sweet to me. With some black strings, the primer looks great as it is. A few more coats and some clear coat would probably be wise though. Will the other colours be used? Neon green, neon orange, purple? I wild mix of the three? I'm not entirely sure just yet. Tempted to spray one green just to see, but I'll need them to be all the same colour scheme if I do. OCD and all that.

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    The B&Q bag... lol...
     
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    I have to ask... did u buy those pure storms in china?
     
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    Tarting around with these racquets is one thing, finding someone decent to play is another. The weather has also been awful for the last week. I may have to pick up a ball machine to ensure I can hit a few hundred balls each morning.

    Well, day two of the spraying. I'll give the frames a light sand then add another coat of primer. Two of the three suffered paint drip due to me getting carried away yesterday. White still looks great, any good reason why I should try green, orange or purple?
     
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    I'll be waiting for the final product..... Good work so far. Though, i have to ask, but how come you didnt sand down straight to the Graphite or at least sand down the PJ that was already on there? Wouldn't that just increase the weight after you finish?
     
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    @SlowTiger
    No, bought from TW who can't ship outside of the U.S (account conditions set by Babolat). Monumental pain in the backside getting them to Hong Kong as the U.S postal service isn't the best. Paid for a 3-5 day service, they landed 10 days later and were delivered by the always efficient HK Post the same day.

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    Weight is good. These frames are far too light for me. My arm speed and racquet head speed are naturally very fast, but there is just nothing to swing with these, yet. There is no way I could swing my old Wilsons like this once they'd been set up properly. I'll admit, it's quite nice being able to swing a frame this fast, makes a fantastic "whoooooosh". Just not enough weight behind it.
     
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    Along with a whistling dampener. LOL.
     
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    Grommets and string should solve the whistling. Nice sound when you are playing well, the worst thing in the world when you are not ;)
     
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    Ugh... I have a very vivid memory of me with a PST. Off center hits were just a mess. Considered the Lendl string set up for a brief moment. Played rather well with a Poly/Gut combo.
     
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    The sun is now shining through finally. Should I paint one now to see how it looks in neon green?
     
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    China right? Yeah go for it. Looking forward to see how it looks!
     
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    This is what happens when I am left to my own devices..
    Ironically it took longer to upload the images than it took to spray the frames.

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    ^ Wow that is a very incredible finish!!!!!! Is that after a finishing coat?

    Also, are you also going to be using that dark red as well? That would look so sexy on the racquet.
     
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    those look pretty cool! were you planning on putting some decorations? (i.e, labels, branding logos?) A clearcoat to finish it off looks like it would do the trick.
     
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    awesome, i'd never be able to get such an even coat if i were to do it myself.
     
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  31. Hi I'm Ray

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    Very nice, esp the green. What kind of paint did you use?
     
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    So I presume no need for additional lead, given the paint?

    Sorry had to ask.... :) very nice colour, and great job!
     
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    @ The Meat
    Steps so far:

    Rough sanding
    Two layers of white primer
    One layer of colour

    No gloss applied yet. I will add at least one more coat of colour then clear gloss.

    Here is the purple frame (single coat). Try to ignore the paint drips and rough spots, I'll sand these out before the second coat.

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    A reminder to those preparing to spray their frames.. remember not to wear new shoes..

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    A good deal of lead tape will be added. I will add the tape when I finish the spraying as I don't like tape under paint. I like my frames to have a slightly industrial feel about them. Hence why I am not too fussed about a flawless paintjob here. Ok I am, I but it's a good excuse just in case this all goes ar$e over tit.


    @Andyroo10567
    I had planned on leaving them plain. Planned? Not sure this word should be connected to this particular paintjob! Now I have this wonderful green, purple and white in front of me, I am changing my mind about having matching frames. Sort of..


    @Hi I'm Ray
    Check page 1 for the exact paint. I used Tamiya hobby paint which was recommended by TT poster DJnick66 in 2008. So if you are reading this DJnick, thanks a million. The recommendation made this a lot easier.

     
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    Djnick66 is the man when it comes to paint.
     
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    Thanks, only one layer of colour to get this level of finish......I might buy a few cans. :)
     
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    Very cool!, I always wanted to paint my rackets all black and have it glossy haha.
     
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    The frames have dried now. It's nearly 1am so I will spray another coat when the sun rises and sand down the two other frames before adding primer. Thinking about some lettering on the throat to finish it off.

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    Just sprayed the 4th frame with a single coat of neon orange. The word "Bright" doesn't come close. It's too bright for the phone camera to do it justice. It looks fantastic in person.

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    That neon orange looks really good! Like the Head IG radical
     
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    The orange really pops, far more than the Radical, shots simply don't do it justice. When the light catches it it's obnoxiously bright, in the dark is literally glows!

    Clear coat time today.

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  43. Steve Huff

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    You said you like "a slight industrial feel". Purple, Green, Orange??? What industries have you worked? Just kidding. They actually look pretty sharp. White grommets would look great.
     
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    I got a ice popsicle vibe from the colors, delicious and refreshing. :)
     
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    I bet you'll never misplace those sticks!! Especially the Neon Orange!!
     
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    wow... i can only imagine the looks you'll get on the courts...
     
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    Wow they all look great. These photos just make me wonder why the racket companies make such efforts to make ugly rackets with looks that age so quickly.
     
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    Dude...That is some Sick stuff!!! Awesome!!!
     
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    decisions made by committee of business people, marketing types, accountants and the odd engineer... not artists, craftsmen or people who actually use these sticks...

    anyway, glad the OP is showing us what is possible. Cool photos...
     
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    Ugly racquets with looks that age quickly ensures a fair portion of the market buys the new frames (paint jobs more like) that ALL the top players have suddenly switched to ;)
     
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