can you melt/heat up a graphite crack?

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  1. 2ndServe

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    has anyone tried this? I've got a really old prince racket that they don't make anymore and I'd like to try and save it. The problem is that graphite has a very high melting point and I don't have the proper tools for this. Also the crack is under the head guard, which of course isn't made anymore.
     
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  2. jorel

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    i would try crazy glue inxstead
     
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    or u can try melting and tell us how the puddled mess turns out..;0
     
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  4. db10s

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    You would need the mold and all sorts of unobtainable tools
     
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  5. Chotobaka

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    I do not think so. The initial creation of the racquet is based on heat and pressure. Surface damage is better dealt with using something like JB Weld, then sand down and finish as needed. If it is deeper than it appears, nothing can be done to restore original integrity and playability.
     
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  6. UCSF2012

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    Strip the paint, use a propane torch (needle tip flame, use the blue part of the flame), and tell us how it goes.
     
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  7. monomer

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    You can't melt it. With enough heat it would degrade and burn but not melt. Your best bet is to file a groove or pocket in the crack and fill with epoxy or similar. Even with this, the chance of the repair holding up is probably slim.
     
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    And what racket is it? You said Prince, but which one?
     
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  9. Chotobaka

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    Fun science experiment.:)
     
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  10. LeeD

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    Most of you, especially #7, got it.
    Carbon composites do not melt and magically come back into form. Burning or superheating only weakens the surrounding structure.
    Cut a shallow V, use decent epoxy resin with chopped strands of fiberglass and catalyst.
     
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  11. coolblue123

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    +1 learned that from PChem days. Carbon burns, doesn't melt. If you melt anything, it'll be the resin that is mixed with graphite, but once you melt off all the resin, it'll turn into a big black hole.
     
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  12. UCSF2012

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    Quick internet search: "The melting point of graphite is 3500 c and 6332 f, specific gravity is 2.25, pounds per cubic inch is .812".

    I think a torch only goes up to 1600 deg, so you're out of luck.
     
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    Every city has a pyro kid somewhere. Let him have fun with this project. Tell him you'll give him $100 if he can melt a tennis racket.
     
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