cloth to wipe gut string after hit? damp or dry?

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  1. taurussable

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    Use a small paint brush with soft bristles.
     
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    Too funny.
     
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  4. taurussable

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    this worked really well, much better than cloth. thanks!
     
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    I don't think it's all that necessary unless you are playing on clay or very dirty hard courts.
     
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    i play on public courts not so clean:(
    at least the brush is pretty dirty after cleaning the strings.
     
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  7. Rjtennis

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    I bought a bottle of that spray from performaxx and it does seems to work well. However, I only end up using it after I play on clay. I use a damp clamp to wipe of the clay like they recommend and haven't had any issues. A brush would probably work even better though.
     
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  8. Fintft

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    I just use wax (like a chaff stick), no cloth.
     
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  9. fuzz nation

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    I think that the actual goal with the gut is to keep it from drying out and letting it turn brittle. I think that somebody here was talking about coating natural gut with a light coating of baby oil or something so that it could better resist getting wet, drying out, and turning stale. A wax or something like that would probably also be good for helping to seal out the elements.

    One of these years I've got to sample some of the natural gut for myself, just to see what all the fuss is about. Just afraid I'll get hooked on the stuff... and sell my hair to a wig shop to finance my habit. :shock:
     
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  10. volusiano

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    I put a little bit of Turtle Wax car wax on my full bed of gut after each play. Seems to help make them last longer. String savers also help.

    I used to wipe my gut bed with a damp cloth after each play but I stopped doing that because the string doesn't seem to be that dirty usually.
     
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    Shellac, as used by hundreds of thousands of WTA and ATP pros since 1972.
     
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    I use a soft cloth and coconut oil.
     
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    I STRONGLY advise that you do not WET your gut strings!!!!!!!!

    Gut frays faster when wet and also cuts into its opposing string quicker.

    Do not play with a gut string in the rain or very damp conditions.

    Do not apply water to gut strings as it will weaken the integrity of the strings.

    Do not apply a "coating" to the strings as it will change the way they play.


    As another poster stated, use a brush or small cloth. Do not store your racquets/strings in a damp area. Keep them away from humid areas. On court do not leave your racquets laying around in damp or humid conditions. Use a thermo racquet bag to store racquets, ESPECIALLY when using gut.


    I have tested gut in various conditions and you want to avoid wetness at all possible costs.

    Hope this helps!
     
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    When I used gut I would wipe them down with a slightly damp cloth and the a dry one. I then would use car wax on them and that combined with string savers made the gut last a long time. I agree you want to avoid excess moisture, but wiping dirt off with a slightly damp cloth will not effect the strings longevity in any way. The wax did not change the performance even slightly.

    I used nat. gut for a long time and pacific toughgut in 16 gauge if used as I mentioned above is incredibly durable.
     
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