Help....Can this racket be fixed?

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by kunzzy, Sep 16, 2012.

  1. kunzzy

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    Its an old 6.0 prostaff 95 racket that I would like to save. anyone has any idea to join back the butt cap? I was told "super glue" might do the trick but i am afraid it might just break again after a few hits. Hope you can advice me. Thanks

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  2. xFullCourtTenniSx

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    Call up P1 and ask them if they can make a new grip for you. The buttcap is fine (though those are easy to replace), but the grip is totally dead.

    P1tennis.com if I recall correctly. There are other people who do gripwork too, but these guys just come to mind.
     
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  3. kunzzy

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    I am living in Singapore so I dont think I can send it over.

    Just a quick question, why do you say that the grip is dead?
     
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  4. xFullCourtTenniSx

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    Buttcaps are held to the racket by stapling them to the grip pallet. The mass you lost can be replaceable but I'm not quite sure if you can find another stable place to restaple the buttcap back on, that's why I'm telling you to go to P1 and ask them to make you a new one.

    P1 does international work. Unless it's the fact that you aren't legally allowed to ship to them or something along those lines, I think you should be fine.

    http://p1tennis.com/contact

    Ask them if they can help you out.
     
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  5. drakulie

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    just replace the pallet. you could buy them directly from donnay.
     
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  6. Fearsome Forehand

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    Given the nature of that break, it would be worth a try to fix it yourself.

    Doesn't look like you lost that much of the foam. Maybe 1/2".

    Use an epoxy (or even super glue might work) to glue the pallet, butt cap and all, back in place.
    Follow the instructions for the glue obviously. Let it dry for a day or two. Staple the butt cap into the pallet and re-grip.

    It might hold up forever, it might break again the first time you use the racket. You won't really know until you try.

    Did you throw the racket? :)

    I suppose if you want to add some mechanical support to the glue, you could run a 2" wood screw through the bottom of the butt cap into the pallet. You can tell everyone it is like the Puma PCS system. :)

    First, give the epoxy solution a shot and see if it will fix the problem. Fully cured expoxy (or even CA/super glue) forms a very strong bond. It probably will work if you don't throw the racket again. :)
     
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  7. kunzzy

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    Thanks bro....I was thinking of using CA with baking soda to see if the baking soda can help cover those the holes and make it a tougher glue. Hope it works...

    No I didnt throw the racket....I was doing some forehands when I suddenly felt a cracking sound at the butt :p
     
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  8. Hi I'm Ray

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    Is it just the picture or are the bevels really rounded out? If you can get a pallet thats probably the best way to go. Anyways another suggestion is Polyurethane glue, which expands into a hard foam and bonds aggressively to most material. Just roughen up your gluing surfaces esp the inside of the cap. Epoxy is very strong and will most likely work, but its heavy and will add more weight.
     
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  9. uk_skippy

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    Weird thing is that I'm going to Singapore on Wednesday, arriving Thursday for the F1 grand prix.

    If you're around the area, then maybe we could meet and I'd have a look at it. I won't be able to fix it without tools, which I won't be bringing with me.

    Let me know if interested.

    Regards

    Paul
     
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  10. Fearsome Forehand

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    Yes, I read about the mixing CA with baking soda trick on line. Was going to suggest that but it seemed too complicated. I guess you use the baking soda paste to fill in the gaps and then apply the CA over that?

    If the pallet broke under normal use that is strange. Had it been shaved down? Did you buy it used? If so, maybe the previous owner had an anger management problem. Or, it could just have been a bad pallet all along. Who knows?

    It looks glue-able. Certainly worth a try.
     
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