Babolat Pure Storm Tour: stripped/painted/weighted

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  1. lawlaw

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    Industrial "feel", not look. :D Really needed to sand these down again and apply another coat as some rough patches have appeared, so they definitely look industrial upon close inspection. Thankfully I'll be busy swinging for the fences so nobody will notice ;) What I did forget to do is place the lettering I had in mind before I got carried away with the clear coat. I might have to find a solution for that as I have a bit paint missing from the throat of the purple fame which is very, very annoying.

    Just added a second clear coat this morning. The remaining two fames I will spray matt black as I have no more patience for this spraying lark, and it is high time I started playing some tennis. I need to make sure I can put a few balls in the court as these frames are a bit brash :D

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  2. Hi I'm Ray

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    Awesome! Great color choices. Thanks for the info earlier in this thread. Let us know how the paint holds up to heat, scuffing, flexing, and such. I have an ugly gray-brown Wilson Profile that I want to repaint.
     
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  3. lawlaw

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    Going through the least fun part now as I put in brand new grommets.
    How they put them in at the factory for thousands of frames is beyond me. The Wilson frames were never this tough.

    The odd rough patch aside, they are looking rather tasty.

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    Bravo lawlaw!

    Nice pictures, good job. A combination of the those colors on one racquet would be fantastic as well, white/green,etc. Although that orange would have to be used sparingly if combined with any color except white.
     
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    Very cool. Some volkl inspiration on the green.
     
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    Thanks guys. As a serve and volley player, I fully expect these frames to be wrecked in no time at all when I am digging up those cursed low volleys :D

    I'll post up the matte black frames when I spray them shortly.
     
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    Have you weighed them yet? I reckon they've grown rather fat.
     
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  8. Relinquis

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    you're inspiring me to repaint one of my frames... it's a bit underweight anyway so will probably play well after i counterweight at the handle.
     
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  9. lawlaw

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    Not weighed them yet. Not sure if I will if I'm honest, I'll only get OCD about it all. Just need to add some lead tape to the usual positions and go by how they feel on court.

    Still got my eye on a return to the PS originals. Wonderfully shaped frame, perfect for a wild colour ;)
     
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    Meh, fairly happy with the end result. If I would have had a little more patience and was a little more careful the overall finish would have been better. I'd certainly not have let the small paint runs get by before putting the clear coat on. Paint ran out however and I've got to get on court and try these frames out. I'll try to snap them all with a Canon 5D over the weekend. Until then, here is the neon orange with grommets in place.

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    brilliant. they all look fantastic! congrats lawlaw.
     
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  12. lawlaw

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    They are still in decent shape after 3hrs on court. The green frame wasn't strung properly, a bit of over-under-over-over going on in the string pattern. The purple frame they didn't push the a grommet through properly so the string was pulling against the frame, I cut the strings out immediately. Big fancy Wilson stringing machines do not guarantee a good job it seems..

    Just ordered black and white primer for the last two frames. I'll clear coat these and the set will be done. Very likely to go back to Wilson however, not really feeling comfortable with these frames at the moment, but a severe lack of practice might have something to do with that.
     
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    My Craigslist NEOS does a great job... And it makes money.
     
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  14. lawlaw

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    It begins.. (again). Sanding then priming with white before applying a clear gloss. Changed my mind about black for the 5th and final frame, the colour is already chosen and ready to go. I won't give it away just yet though..

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    Well, the 5th frame didn't go to plan. Tamiya TS74 didn't turn out as I expected. I was aiming for a very bright pink, it turned out to be a very bright red. Glossed over the fact that it does say "red" in the colour description, but it looked a lot like a hot pink on the sample card.

    So now I have a bright orange frame and a bright red frame, not part of the plan. Both colours are too strong for the phone on my camera to do them justice, annoyingly. The 6th and final frame I am thinking about sticking with white or maybe matt black. But looking on the Tamiya TS colour chart again is giving me lots of ideas. Going to order the paint tomorrow so any suggestions for the final frame are welcome.

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  16. Dave M

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    I too would go by the colour shown not the name and that looks pink!
    Do they have a suitable pink for the final frame?
     
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  17. lawlaw

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    It seems the only pink available is a rosey pink, not a good idea :D Thinking about a racing white which reminds me of a nice, classic 80s frame colour.

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  18. Relinquis

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    love the racing white, but will you be able see the old paint-job underneath?
     
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    Those are some beautiful looking sticks lawlaw. :p
     
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    what kind of paint are you using lawlaw?
     
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  21. lawlaw

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    A light sanding and two coats of white primer give you a clean base. Follow that with a few coats of racing white and there won't be any hint of the original paint job. If you wanted a primer look, which is rather nice, you could add another couple of coats before doing the clear coat. If I hadn't spotted the racing white I would have gone with this.

    Racing white and matte black paint arriving today at some point. Decided to sand down the TS-74 frame I just did as it is not the colour I wanted at all. I tried to get creative with the remainder of the neon orange paint and it ran out halfway through my moment of inspiration so it looked pretty rough. Rule #1: Keep it simple, or plan ahead if you are going to get fancy. However, having lightly sanded the red/pink/orange frame a little, it now looks quite cool in its distressed state.

    As an aside, I've discovered a fantastic way of restringing frames here. Same-day courier service to the stringer's shop is US$2, as I am starting to get more court time I am going through 10 frames a week so we agreed on $2 a frame and they courier them back same-day. Not bad at all. :D

    All paint is Tamiya, paint codes are included in this thread.


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  22. lawlaw

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    Final two colours have arrived. I'll start spraying today and post the progress.

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  23. lawlaw

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    Cough-cough.. you may have been right ;) I thought I'd forgo the white primer and march on with just the racing white. Perhaps this wasn't the best idea, in hindsight..
     
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    Poor workmanship on display here. I did a light coat, then just kept going trying to cover the original paint-job in one go. Big mistake. I told myself it was a big mistake while doing it, but for some unknown reason I kept spraying. Had to order another can of racing white as I will have to lightly sand this mess and add two more coats.

    Patience is key with the tedious parts.

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    I typed that and ignored my own advice within 24hrs in a vain attempt of trying to get the job done faster! Now I have to wait another day for yet more paint to arrive. And yes, it's called primer for a reason! :D

    The only saving grace is that this colour on the frame is going to look SENSATIONAL once it is finished. I'll order six of my beloved PS 6.0s before summer and they'll get the same racing white treatment.
     
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    Any update on this project? Any new photos???
     
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    Brilliant job! I also have the plan to re-paint my frames and your thread is a fine, detailed tutorial, so thank you very much! Do you still live in China and would you please tell me in which city? I'm Chinese and I live in Anhui province.
     
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  29. lawlaw

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    I had completely forgotten about this thread and hadn't logged in since my last post on this thread. I hadn't had time to strip and paint the Wilson frames that I'd received but eventually got around to it.

    I went with gold which has a subtle flake which looks amazing in person. What do you think? (Horrible frames by the way, very disappointed and gave 4 away to friends and have 4 virgin frame sitting in a cupboard). I can't take the credit for the painting as my race mechanic sent them to the paint shop they use and they were back with me in 5 days. I will be stripping and painting a new set of 8 frames shortly and need to decide on a colour..

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    The other shot.

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    ^^^^^AMAZING! :D

    As a serve and volleyer, perhaps the RF97 interests you? Or old faithful, the Pro Staff 85 :)
     
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  32. lawlaw

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    Currently using the Babolat Pure Storm Tour GT plus and it feels virtually perfect. Sadly they are no longer made. I've tried the replacement frame (Pure Control plus?) but they don't have quite the same feeling.

    I need to find a new frame soon!!

    If anyone is interested in 4 brand new pro staff frames in gold (only ones in the world perhaps), drop me a PM.
     
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    If you come to Shanghai, drop me a PM.
     
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    Right then.. A new batch of frames are heading my way which means the paintshop will be getting a call sometime next week. Colour decisions need to be made before then as their paintwork is very good.

    The Babolat Pure Storm GT Plus turned out to be one of the sweetest frames I have ever played with. Despite the stupid names the racquet companies come up with (solved when you spray over them) this really was a gem. The ONLY problem is that all the butt caps snapped off taking away chunks of the foam composite handle with it. I hold the handle with the butt cap almost in the middle of my palm as I am a bit of a flash **** out there. I've never had this with any other racquet so was extremely disappointed. Even more disappointed as I was sent the current range of Babolat frames and none of them were remotely close. I've never strung my frame lower than 50lbs, but had the Pure Strike down to 46lbs and it still felt lifeless. The Pure Drive.. these modern racquets look like the original Wilson Hammer to my eyes, wide frames.. hideous.

    I also tried the gold frames posted above, hit with them before and after they were sprayed and they were horrible.

    It's safe to say that I am a step away from my beloved 85, old faithful. I think our reunion is inevitable but I'll give the 90 another go as that was the one that served me well for a long time.
     
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    All very interesting but as soon as you start sanding, putting on layers of primer and further coats of paint, not only do you change how the racket feels and plays but also characteristics like weight and swing weight.

    If you see how they paint these in the factory, not only is their paint thin and hard, but they use different paint guns which gives a much better finish than aerosols.

    If you really want to change the appearance of your racquet, I'd say take it to somewhere like ****. Not only does he have more interesting finishes but it's going to look better and be a LOT less work and mess than trying to do this home.

    http://www.**********.com/services/cosmetics/
     
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    ^^ that should say R P N Y T E N N I S :-/
     
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