Duct Tape for Bumper

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  1. PhilStar!

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    Does anyone use Duct Tape to protect their Bumper guard from scratches and nicks?

    Is it as effective as the commercial guard tape like Gamma, Tourna, Babolat, Head, etc.

    Duct Tape seems to offer more in a roll and it's cheap, if not cheaper, than those commercial brand listed above.
     
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  2. goran_ace

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    I don't personally use it (or anything else - I haven't used bumper guard tape since the 80's), but I have used red duct tape to mark demos in the past and it tends to leave a lot of residue behind when you peel it off.

    Trimming it lengthwise to fit the width of a racket seems like it would be a pain if you want a clean edge.
     
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  3. Fuji

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    Hockey tape has my vote all the way. Way less residue (if any) compared to duct tape, and works even better IMO.

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    and a lot cheaper compared to major brands head tape.
     
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  5. PhilStar!

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    hmm interesting, I've not heard of hockey tape before.

    Any particular hockey tape (or all they all the same?) that any one recommend?

    I wouldn't mind using the commercial head guard tape but they usually come in 16 feet rolls (which isn't that much). If you're a string breaker like I am, you can run through a roll faster than a really fat person eating a pizza.
     
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  6. Fuji

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    Any cloth type works. Standard hockey tape that is used for sticks is a cloth type compound, and acts almost identical to the Gamma or Babolat tape. :)

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    Tougher than conventional duct tape, Gorilla Tape(from the Gorilla Glue folks) makes for a decent head tape. I've not applied it over an entire hoop; but have used it to 'repair' some completely worn bumper areas. Stiff and sticky, it's not all that easy to work with; but it is seriously tough once it's in place.

    http://www.gorillatough.com/index.php?page=gorilla-tape

    Conventional duct tape is made to tear easliy, making it less durable for use as a head tape; but with all the college logos, camo colors and wild prints, the newer duct tape styles might make for fun head tape a la Babolat of a couple decades back.
     
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  8. WARPWOODIE

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    The problem with duct tape is the glue gets really gooey when exposed to heat (under the sun or enclosed environments like a hot car). The gooeyness can be a pain to remove later. Stick to Gamma, Wilson, or Babolat (the best in my opinion) head tape. I do this with many of my old sticks old and new, with and without bumpers.
     
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  9. struggle

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    don't use duct tape.

    i don't use head tape, haven't since integrated bumperguards came about
    (mid 80's or so).

    I do keep a roll for my stringing and I'll put a piece on for a client if they're bumper has worn through.

    Seems like the hockey tape would work fine, but i think it's made with abit more "feel" in mind (more cloth like feeling) and may lack the same coating or whatever that the bumper tape has.
     
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  10. Nuke

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    I use duct tape. Yes, the adhesive builds up, but I remove it every 4 or 5 applications with a rag soaked in WD-40 or clear mineral spirits. It's not such a big deal.
     
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  11. scotus

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    I use electrical tape. It comes in different widths and colors, so matching it to your racquet is fairly easy.

    Electric tape is much cheaper and more durable than Babolat, Gamma, etc, and I don't have to look at those ugly logos.
     
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  12. v-verb

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    Yep I use electrical tape too. easier to remove as well without ripping your paint - as happened to my Prince ThunderBolt
     
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    Me three for electrical tape. Love the colors.
     
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  14. coolblue123

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    ex-electrical tape user (electrical tape came loose after awhile, especially if you remove and restick again). Now a duct tape user.
    I use it for side of racquet and to cover up lead tape for health reasons. Way cheaper than using tungsten tape.
    Thinking about these, any experience?
    http://duckbrand.com/products/duck-tape/glow-in-the-dark-duck-tape
     
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  15. PhilStar!

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    Does any of these alternative tapes ( Hockey Tape, Electrical Tape, etc. ) leave a sticky residue after you peel them for restringing?

    I know the commercial head guard tape ( doesn't matter which brand it is ) specifically for tennis racquet does indeed leave a sticky residue if you leave in on the bumper for a couple of months.
     
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  16. Bartelby

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    I can't get electrical tape to stick to a Prestige CAP grommet and in general I find them to leave no residue.
     
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  17. PhilStar!

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    holy cow, these are the glow in the dark. They will make the racquets look extra cool for night-time tennis.

    I must get these for my racquets! :)
     
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    yep, I, too, can be a Jedi on the tennis courts! :twisted:
     
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  19. Bigtime

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    I use gaffer's tape.
    It is the tape that roadies & stage crews use to tape down microphone cords on concert stages. It is black and you do have to split it lengthwise with a sharp knife to get 2 strips the proper width for a racquet head.
    It does not leave any residue when pulled off like duct tape. It has a way higher amount of thread than duct tape. It can be purchased at music stores, however, it comes in a large roll and costs way more than duct tape, so, if you don't have any other use for it other than head tape, a roll could be a multi lifetime supply.
     
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  20. lwto

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    D tape weighs a lot.

    I strip about a quarter of an inch down and just apply it on the edge of the racquet. That way, when I restring, it doesn't get in the way, and minimizes weight, which I"m very sensitive about.
     
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  21. Marcus2137

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    Same here. I usually don't use tape to cover, but gaffer's tape is my first choice now. It's tough and doesn't leave residue. It's flexible enough to bend and match the curves of the racket. If you put it on in layers, it can be a great way to experiment with adding/moving weight around the head before you commit and start buying/cutting lead tape. Or just use it instead of lead tape. I started using it for weight on my prestige frames because they have cap gommets and you can't get weight under the grommet/bumper until you restring it, and I don't like putting lead on the inside hoop on the prestiges.
     
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