Blacked Out Pure Storm PJ

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  1. kimbahpnam

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    I followed the steps here in this thread http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=206667

    I had an older Pure Storm that was in pretty bad shape with the top left low slice corners almost all the way through the frame and the paint really worn down all around the frame. I couldn't think of anything else so I put some JB Weld to patch up the real rough spots (sanded down flush with the frame). Then with the paint stripper, steel wool and paint wash I got all the paint off the frame. Then I wetsanded and got it nice and smooth. After that I used a flat black paint spray I got from home depot. I put on about 3 or 4 coats and in between each coat I wetsanded lightly across everything. Then I put a few coats of a clear satin finish with wetsanding in between again.

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  2. lgbalfa

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    awesome job.

    came out great.
     
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  3. kimbahpnam

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    And I noticed when I sanded it bare, the braided graphite started about a quarter up the head and went throughout the rest of the hoop. I didn't see any braided graphite throughout the neck.

    It seems like Matte black is in these days so I wanted to go with it.
     
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  4. scotus

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    Kim, great job on that racquet!

    Can you post a pic of all the primers, paint and clear coat you used?

    Just wondering which brand works well with racquets.
     
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  5. Racquet-Priority

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    Well done! Looks great!
     
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    Did you manage to keep the static weight and balance close to spec?
     
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  7. Geology_Rocks!

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    Very nice job. Also curious about any spec change, I saw some lead tape so I imagine you know the before/after.
     
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  8. Automatix

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    I second that notion!
     
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  9. blipblop

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    This looks great!
     
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  10. kimbahpnam

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    I couldn't find everything that OP used. I got the brush, wool, sandpaper and black paint from Harbor Freights. The Citristrip, Klean-strip After Wash, and primer came from Home Depot and the Valspar was from Lowes. HF is my favorite hardware store and it's the cheapest, but it didn't carry any of the chemical stuff. I also used a 600 grit wet/sand after removing the paint with the wool.


    I'm going to try my best. I have new grommets coming in a couple days so I'll know for sure when they're in. I'll add lead tape to where I need to necessary. I've weighted my original to 11.9oz by adding silicone to the handle too.

    I should mention I think glossy clear coat protects better.

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  11. Harry_Wild

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    Good job on the paintjob.

    I like the all satin black look myself instead of the Babolat Pure Storm graphics.

    It looks like what Jame Blake seem to use until he went with Donnay! Every time I saw him it was a blackout racket and now when I see him with a sponsored racket; I am kind of shocked.

    String it up and see how it plays!
     
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  12. wangs78

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    Wow, nice job. Makes me want to try and do something like that! Almost.
     
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  13. scotus

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    Thanks again, Kimbahpnam!
     
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  14. big hitter

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    looks good, but how will the paint hold up if you nick it when you are playing? Do you think that the paint will chip of faster and easier than the factory paint would?
     
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  15. DUO

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    How long did it take for you to accomplish this? I am thinking of doing this to my babolat but a couple inches above the throat and perhaps some designs
     
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  16. Steve Huff

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    Looks nice. Just goes to show how much the graphics influence a rackets look. The blacked out frame could be mistaken for an older Head racket. And, I'd bet an older Head racket with a PD paint job could easily be mistaken for the PD. Nice job.
     
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  17. kimbahpnam

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    you guys are welcome. the whole job can be done within a day. It all depends on how particular you are and how many coats of each step you put on. I didn't wait the 8 hours like the other guy did on his pj. i did about half that time before i started wooling. i don't think the pj will hold up as good as the original, but that's to be expected and now that i've done it once, i have no problem doing it again if it gets to that point. the satin clear finish isn't as strong as the glossy imo
     
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  18. Deuces Wild

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    I wish I had the patience and will to do this. The frame looks fantastic.
     
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    Kim - maybe you should offer your services for those who might not have the time or skill to do this properly :).
     
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  20. scotus

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    Is "satin clear" what produces the matte finish?
     
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    Looks good, and thank you 4 sharring
     
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  22. kimbahpnam

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    More pics with grommets and strings installed (Tour Bite x RPM - 49lbs).
    I've got the perfect weight and balance with my customization - 9pts HL, 11.9oz and that's with about 4.5 inches of lead tape at 3 and 9.

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    Strung weight of blacked out pj is 11.3oz with about 3.5 HL balance. I have not injected silicone yet.
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    Strung weight of customized original PS is 11.9oz with about 9 HL balance.
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  23. kimbahpnam

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    The flat black paint is the matte look

    Sure, i'll do it for people who want the service :)
     
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  24. bc-05

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    how confident are you in doing the detailed decal logo as per the thread "how to create a custom paint job?"

    it is because i wanted to make a 2 coloured racquet.. with the outside being all black and just inside the hoop having pink colour ala ps 85 style.. to mimick my support for the breast cancer foundation..

    would you be able to do this?
     
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    I wonder how do you know the paintjob won't be sturdy?
    Is it starting to peel already?
     
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  26. scotus

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    Thanks again.

    Now if I find a yellow racquet that plays really well, I'm changing colors on that sucker!

    Sorry, I can't stand yellow.
     
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  27. EDK

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    I'd definitely pay for the service :)
     
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  28. EDK

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    haha, I was just thinking about getting a Volkl Organix 295 blacked-out! Great racket, fugly PJ
     
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  29. bc-05

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    yeah it would be nice to see someone offering this service
     
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  30. scotus

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    Exactly my sentiment.
     
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  31. kimbahpnam

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    I would have to do some more study on how to do a good multi colored racquet. It seems like it would take a lot more labor.

    I'm not saying it won't be sturdy, but I don't think it's as sturdy as a glossy finish. I feel like it's harder to break through the glossy.
     
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  32. bc-05

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    :( well just let me know if you're up for a project..
     
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  33. ae1222

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    No kidding, I would pay for you to do one of mine. Having a hard time getting the paint off...
     
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  34. DUO

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    have you had a chance to play with it? how is the paint holding up
     
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  35. kimbahpnam

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    Let me know if you want a simple black out :)

    Shoot me an email if you want. kimbahpnam at hotmail .com
    I'm trying to black out my AK90 and the paint is a lot hard to strip than my Pure Storm. I was pretty surprised at out strong the paint was, especially considering it was the asian version.

    I'm just waiting for the silicone in my handle to cure than I can try it out. Probably be another couple days.
     
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  36. scotus

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    Kimbahpnam and others:

    What do you think of using a carbide paint scraper (a razor-sharp kind) to remove the paint rather than using the liquid paint stripper?

    Would it work well, or turn into a disaster?
     
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  37. bc-05

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    Simple black out is fine by me mate.. But I would prefer it if you could do 2 colours.. So would u give it a try mate? If not then maybe (I know this would be a ball breaker) if u fail u can try to black it out? But that's if ur willing to take a punt?
     
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  38. Chyeaah

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    White racquets, black cap gromets = the sex.
     
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  39. bc-05

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    racist (white girls black hair?) there chyeaah :p.. eventhough i do agree.. just kidding :p
     
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  40. ace55

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    my vote is all black - frame and grommets
     
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  41. kimbahpnam

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    I can't really say since I haven't tried it, but there's the danger of scratching beyond the paint and into the frame or worse.

    Sure, I would be willing to give it a try. If you wanted decals then you would have to provide that since I don't have a machine for those.

    I agree that would look pretty cool or vice versa. Just remember the paint under the strings on the grommets would most likely rub off.
     
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  42. TheLambsheadrep

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    sorry if this was said before, but it looks like a Head racket when it's blacked out like that
     
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  43. scotus

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    It didn't strike me as a Head. The first thing it reminded me of was a black Vantage custom.
     
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