Custom paintjob to match racquet to car.

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  1. Taxvictim

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    First, don't attempt this unless you have new replacement grommets! My racquet is discontinued, and the guys at Stringers had to go to a lot of work to combine my old grommets and some new ones from a similar racquet.

    Played USTA with this racquet yesterday. As of today, it is undefeated!

    The idea was to match the racquet to my wife's blue BMW X3. The end product looks much more amateurish than it did in my head when I started. Thanks to everyone who posted painting tips here, and especially the tips about clear and white water-slide decals.

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  3. Xonemains

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    Wow, it looks awesome! Good job.

    How much did the paintjob cost?
     
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  4. Taxvictim

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    Cost? I had to buy one packet each of clear and white water-slide decals. They were about $20 each with shipping. Obviously I have a bunch of that stuff left over for future projects. You can print any picture or logo you want on these decals with an ink-jet printer.

    The paint all came from Pep-Boys because the advice here was to use auto paint. Each can was about $7. I used Dupli-Color sandable primer, metallic basecoat, blue metallic, and clear coat.

    And I had to buy new grommets for a mis-matched racquet, and that was $13 with shipping. Then I had to pay $15 extra for stringing so they could get the new grommets to work.

    This project was started when my strings broke, so I needed new strings anyway. Geez, looking back on it I guess I sunk almost $100 into this, but I have left-over product.

    If a school team were to paint their racquets with school colors and team decals, the cost per racquet would be much lower.
     
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  5. jorel

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    loser.............;)
     
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    Awful.

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  7. Djokofiets

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    That's sweet dude!
    I only have 1 kind of sandpaper at my house, so would it have a big impact if I only sand it with that 1 kind?
    I was planning on just sanding it with that kind, and then go on with the 3 stages of painting :)
     
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  8. Taxvictim

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    That's what I did... just smoothed the rough spots. I tried some paint remover, but decided it wasn't worth the time. The primer covers the old paint.

    To the haters, look in the original post. I agree it does look much more amateurish than I thought it would.
     
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  9. ollinger

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    I'm wondering what the point of this was, since the racquet (especially if you use a racquet bag) is probably never going to spend any time next to the car, where the match could be appreciated?
     
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  10. Chotobaka

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    Hilarious and, at the same time, great in a very weird way. :)
     
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  11. THESEXPISTOL

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    That's cheesy.
     
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    i think it looks great op! seems like it was a nice fun project. what racket is it though?
     
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  13. jorel

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    no no...its cool....

    i guess :confused:
     
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  14. Taxvictim

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    The racket (racquet) is a Wilson K-Pro Team FX, which was originally an ugly green/yellow, but I like the way it plays. I have two, but it is discontinued.

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  15. Tar Heel Tennis

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    Fantastic! Where do you play? I'd love to see the racket in person!
     
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  16. recreationalplayer

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    Great idea you've got there !

    Point 1: Disregard the naysayers, there are always naysayers. Some may not like your project because they didn’t think of it first. Think about it, it can be true.

    Point 2: It was your project, a fun, constructive project coupling your wife’s car with your tennis hobby; you have something neat to show for it.

    Point 3: Wish I had thought of that, though I don’t own a BMW, they just might like it also. The butt cap was a very nice touch. Just for fun send it to them, who knows?!
     
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  17. TroutSc

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    The m badges on a non-m product is a no-no.
    Is that buttcap a shift knob insert?
     
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  18. Timbo's hopeless slice

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    that is so bizarre, and yet strangely cool.

    well done, sir!

    I don't really get the point, but I like the dedication and it is certainly a professional looking job!
     
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  19. Radicalized

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    I like the idea. I've thought of the general concept myself. So many racquets have pitiful designs and colors. Maybe get some Apple logos and make an iRacquet. :) Weight difference with the paintjob?
     
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  20. roundiesee

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    Really great job! Congrats!! :)
     
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  21. Ashley D

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    I like the idea of a custom paint jobs, but you must really love your beamer, lol.
    Wish I had that much time on my hands! Don't get me wrong, I like it.
     
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  22. SwankPeRFection

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    Did they use safety scissors to cut the emblem for the buttcap? What's with the crappy edges on it?
     
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    very interesting. i think the idea is great....but the result...a BMW racket? i just dont see the....reason. if you had done a school mascot or some club you belonged to....
     
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  24. filphil

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    I think the buttcap needs to be redone or left blank. Great effort otherwise. People shouldn't be discouraged from doing things like this.
     
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  25. stronzzi70

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    Omg........
     
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    This is bloody tame compared to some of the custom bicycles I used to make - one to match a Bentley and one to match a fellows racing yacht. I'm actually a bit surprised that there isn't more customization like this with rackets. Maybe they just get replaced too often to make it worth while...
     
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    The buttcap shape is because the original buttcap insert is that shape. I just popped it out, put a decal on it, then replaced it. It's not from a shift knob. On my other racquet, I'm going to put a decal on the buttcap that has the word "down" on it. That way, if the opponent calls the spin "up", I can show them the buttcap and say "Sorry, it's down."

    As for the M logo on a "non-M" product, I agree with that when it comes to cars, but BMW puts the M logo on hats, shirts, coffee mugs, etc. Why not a racquet?
     
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  28. Chotobaka

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    You need to add the actual shift knob to the butt cap -- then you would be going into unique territory. If you are going to get weird, go all the way.:)
     
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  29. ThomasTerrible

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    The thought is a brilliant one.

    Too bad it's a BMW X-something though (X3 I think), which means it's one of the ugliest cars of the 21st century as well as one of the most pointless.

    Sell the damned car, get a better beamer (easily done), and for all the world keep that cool looking racket of yours!



    On another note, more relevant to tennis:

    Did you check balance and weight before and after? It would be interesting to know how much it has changed...
     
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  30. 4sound

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    Taxvictim,

    I'm planning to do a custom paint job with school logo.
    Question on the logo:
    Did you apply the logo, then do clear coat? How many layers of clear coat did you use?
     
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  31. Taxvictim

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    My wife has the X3, and I have a "titanium silver" 328i. Thought her blue was a better color for the racquet.

    I did not check balance and weight, but I have played with it and not noticed much difference.

    4sound, you put on the decal, then do the clearcoat. I think I put on at least three coats of the clearcoat. Also, if you get the inkjet decals (as opposed to laser printer decals), then you have to spray the printed decal sheet with clearcoat and let it dry before you put the decal into water.
     
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  32. goran_ace

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    I've always thought BMW's look best in blue. Is her X3 monaco blue or montego blue? The racket looks more along the lines of le mans blue, in which case the M badge would be appropriate.
     
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    Something like this?
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    The 328i is a great driver's car with a fantastic engine. Glad to hear:) Yup, the beemer blue is a really nice color.

    All those X3's, X5's, Q5's, GL's, Touaregs etc. are chick cars in my mind..


    Too bad they don't call their estate cars SW (station wagon). You could have a "BMW 328 SW" racket if you were to match up the swingweight correctly:)
     
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  35. scotus

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    Hah!

    What an idea!
     
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  36. Chotobaka

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    You've got it -- now get to work! :)
     
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    In the UK you often hear Black Man's Wagon, in Germany people say Brot Mit Wurst :lol:
     
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  38. MethodTennis

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    are the decals under the clearcoat? when were they applied

    (reviving this thread from 8 months ago... deal with it)
     
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  39. NickJ

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    Good job. I;m thinking of custom painting an old Storm frame but need inspiration to hit on a style/design. Does anyone know the link/thread of the guy who did the Lord Of The Rings Elven writing in the hoop??
     
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  40. ATP100

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    Probably easier/better to buy a car to match racquet.
     
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    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=446368
     
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    Thanks ruup2it!
     
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