Cello wrap on Prince palettes

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  1. Tamiya

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    Prince factory puts a cello shrinkwrap on palette before wrapping grip on.
    Earlier I thought they did it to protect the molded foam palette
    but looks like they do it on the plastic air cell palette too.

    Wrap often gets ripped off with the grip... is it worth replacing the wrap?

    What's available to replace it with?


    looked at some shrinkwraps but they're all too thick
     
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    Can you post a picture? I did'nt quite get what you mean...
     
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    it's a thin plastic shrinkwrap over the palette then the Prince Dura grip is wrapped onto it

    the wrap is not sticky & doesn't stick to the foam or air cell plastic palettes;
    I don't want to wrap Sellotape to replace it with.

    yeah I took some pics with the workbench digicam :-? Need to download
     
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    hum... I guess I know what you're talking about. These cello thing actually comes with the grip you buy too, if I'm not mistaken (not sure). I always end up removing it when I have to rewrap... only makes things more difficult. I remember having a terrible time removing the grip from my gfs exo3 hybrid red 102, I couldn't remove it in one piece. But you don't need to worry about it, if it is what I think it is.
     
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    no it's not the glad(Saran?)wrap protecting the tacky top surface of new grip :-|

    it's a thin soft sleeve over bare palette that I've only seen on Prince,
    no other racquets done the same afaik from all the old OE grips I've removed

    it's thinner & softer than the crackly shrinkwrap over brandnew racquet's grip
     
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    yeah early on I ripped it off a few Princes too, leaving a pristine palette

    but now with hindsight... maybe sticking new replacement grip directly
    onto the foam palette might not be that good an idea come next replacement.
    Glue & powdered PU isn't easy to get off the foam vs smoother shrinkwrap.
     
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    I play most of my racquets either with few overgrips only, or thin leather and overgrip. The thin plastic always gets damaged and I remove it. No adverse effects that I noticed.
     
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    Biggest minus has been those Ps with the air palettes, re-grip hasn't got as much surface to glue to. Shrink sleeve might be more secure..
     
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    Well, I have not only removed this cello plastic thing, I've removed the hole foam pallet off that Hybrid red. The bare hairpin is now measuring about a grip size of 3 1/2 (replacement +overgrip) :) It plays fine. (did it for my girlfriend who happens to have very small hands)
     
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    3 1/2?!? that's like the 19" kiddy toy I was mucking with week before! :)
    Modded it for more plough with a wreath of lead around the hoop,
    strung it with loose poly... now just need a toddler with long swing :p
     
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    cello wrap (lying down) vs without (standing up) after removal

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    both on foam & Aircell grip bases
     
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    I regripped head airflow1 racquet and it also had this thin foil on pallet. I left it as it is.
     
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    yeah i try to leave it on... but some are too badly ripped or already gone

    wondering what to replace it with :???: looking for really thin shrinkwrapping



    P seems to have stopped wrapping them 10+ yrs ago, i've just
    stripped factory grip off a TT Bandit - there's no cello under there.

    Earlier i opened a Tour Diablo (they've logo'd it as part of TT range too)
    and it didn't look like it had any wrap, but it had grip already changed
     
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    oh, also all my Air grips missing the wrapping... re-grip don't stick as well,
    there isn't much surface area within the mesh for the grip to glue onto
     
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    I used the cello from an over grip to wrap around and protect the lead tape I have on the handle.

    Without the cello, the lead was sticking to the grip and coming off when I removed the leather.

    I don't think I would use it otherwise.
     
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    am also thinking ahead, for 10/20/30yrs time when current lot of
    PU re-grips that i've just put on turn into powdery smeary black goo

    its easier to clean off smooth plastic than the rougher foam surface
     
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