How to create a custom paintjob (very detailed)

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  1. Loco4Tennis

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    i can see why $$$, its a lot of work, but you really need to have the right stuff for it and be able to do it good
    the stuff ive been buying, spray can stuff, its not it
     
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    that is possibly the coolest thing ive ever seen
     
  3. ryangoring

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    I would like to get someone to customize my 3 n90.... Any way they want. Just to use as a showcase of their work. But of course I'm going to still play with them.
    What would be the price to get them PJed?
    I really don't have the time or patience to this.
    But anything helps
     
  4. curazyass

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    I'm in the process of doing a PJ on one of my old i.Prestiges. i'm taking pictures, too
     
  5. Fay

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    ThnX

    Wow, great explanation ... glad it has sticky post or I would have missed it.

    Name on racquet! That is a wonderful idea ... I'll have to see if I can figure out a short cut to get my name on my racquet semi-permanent at least without voiding warranty. Having to return yet another racquet to manufacturer.

    Thanks UserName for taking all of the time and effort to bring this to the forum !!!
     
  6. User Name

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    If you would like i might be able to do one of them. It would have to be later in the summer as I am too busy right now, but maybe we could work something out. the problem is that it is just so work intensive and time consuming.
     
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    here is my email: ryangoring@hotmail.com
    yeah maybe we can work something out..
     
  8. User Name

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    what kind of a paintjob are you looking for and how much are you looking to spend. In addition, how much perfection are you looking for. It is hard to make it flawless. TRKugler@gmail.com
     
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    Hello all.. I know this must be a little off topic and it could be in another thread already... but I'm new and I'm not sure how to navigate quickly around here. Anyway, I just want to ask how I would go about customizing an O3 racket (putting lead tape).. i'd like to apply it on the 3,9 and 6 oclock positions.. but since there's O ports.. I can't really cover them up like an older racket where I can just stick them and punch holes on the tape where the grommets are covered (do you get what i mean? lol) I'm thinking I'd just apply them outside of the holes on the edges so the tape doesn't cover them. I'm using 1/4" tape cause there's not much space. If I do this i'm not sure if it'll look wrong :).
    Anybody else have experience adding lead tape to an O3 model?
     
  10. Loco4Tennis

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    sorry man, i would not even know where to start on that one,

    but once you get it on, bring it by here again, we'll tell you how to paint the hell out of it :) haha, just joking,

    your suggestion to cut holes sounds promising, if you try it, post a picture here or post a new thread, im sure others will have the same questions
     
  11. User Name

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    I have all of my o3 leaded up and you just have to put it slightly to the side of the o3 holes. It shouldn't be that big of an issue. Good Luck.
     
  12. ScovilleJenkins

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    any suggestions for how i can get the blended look with two different colors like this racket has at the top?
     
  13. Nitro

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    Use a really light hand with the topcoat and use a thick coat of a dark color underneath it.
     
  14. Loco4Tennis

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    i saw a technique on PIMPmyRIDE, the guy was using "cheesecloth", available on most supermarkets, its got holes in it enough to let paint pass through,
    i guess (this is how i would try it), you lay it flat for the light section, you then double up on it for the medium section, and than bent it 3 times thick the further back into the solid you go, all in one pice or you can have cutouts, layered, i dont know exacttly know how he did it, i dont recall the exact technique, but i cant imagine cheesecloth being used for any other reason, hope that helps a bit
     
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    I'm planning to make a black PJ on my old Pro Staff Classic 6.1 and I'd like to know if it's possible to start sanding the racquet without using the paint stripper
     
  17. Loco4Tennis

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    yes it is, the main problem tough, its easier said than done, it takes so much work to get the paint off, easily the worst part of repainting a frame, the paint stripper or chemical helped the poster above you
     
  18. Mansewerz

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    How much do custom paintjobs cost and where can you get them other than doing em by yourself? ****?
     
  19. suppawat

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    Here is my extreme racquet makeover. The racquet underneath the paintjob is Prince TT Stealth. It took 3 days to paint it. The painting sequence was yellow --> black --> white --> silver.

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    I'll do this again with my SRD90 if I have time.
     
  20. tennisdude083

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    dam thats sweet. looks like something off of virtua tennis. really nice paintjob.
     
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  21. Fay

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    awesome ! ...
     
  22. Loco4Tennis

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    yeah, i agree, came out really nice, good job "suppawat", that thing is gonna shine on the courts on a sunny day :-D
    gota tell you tought, put either white or black yonnex supergrap, and that racquet is gonna get some attention from the ladies :-D , butthe more i look at it the more the lue has a nice contrast to it, your call ofcourse
    by the way, give it some time before you string it, thats where mine got messed up, i did not let it dry enough, if possible, can you post some pics with the strings on afterwards

    again, great job!!
     
  23. obnoxious2

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    Got a question...Is it possible to powder coat the racquet instead? So that this way you can guarantee a uniformed paint job.
     
  24. Ash_Smith

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    Right, decided to give this a go. Have stripped and primed my frame, now onto the exciting part - the design! Gonna go for a chrome and metallic red number then a high gloss lacquer. Will post pics as I go!!!

    Wish me luck!!
     
  25. s7evin

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    Good luck man, you'll need it...
     
  26. WhosYoDatis?

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    so i'm thinking it would be hard to PJ a Babolat Pure Drive team plus to have PDR graphics wouldn't it?
     
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    wow that looks so tricked out you could even put your own brand on it! NICE!
     
  28. tennisdude083

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    yo if i just want to paint a small portion of my racquet (on aerogel 300 i want to paint just the red part at the throat) could i get away with just painting over the original pj? and what kind of paint would i want to use?
     
  29. Loco4Tennis

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    you would be the first one i can recall doing this on this thread
    if you try it, let us know, all i can offer, plenty of planning ahead leads to less headaches latter
     
  30. Loco4Tennis

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    i think the biggest problem would be getting the graphics, printing them out is not a problem, but the material to print them out in, is the tricky bit, normal paper is just too tick

    i'll see if i can find a pic i saw that really puts racquets graphics in a whole new light, really made me think on the way i want to approach my next pj, if ever i get to it
     
  31. Loco4Tennis

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    tennisdude083, check out the link here, this guy is using what i think will work best, i am still waiting to hear final results, but Maestro Nalbandian PJ is showing promise

    read my posts on this thread and the issue i ran into with normal spray paint
    i also spray painted my racquet without sanding, it added a lot of weight to it, you might not have quite that issue since your doing just portion of it,
    what about the contrast difference in colors you're going to get?, would you mind that?, or do you already have toughs on how to get away with that, it would be hard to find a similar shade of paint, and much more difficult to get it to dry that color you want
     
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    Wow! You guys are awesome! Props, seriously. I have to go get dirty and try this I think as I am using both the new and older models of the RDS 001. Time to make them all the same. :D
     
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    i was just going to paint the red part black, so im not sure what kind of color problems i might run into
     
  34. Loco4Tennis

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    is this the racquet?
    if it is, then it should be fairly straight forward to change the red to black
    i would use plenty of maskign tape to make sure the rest of it ddoes not get sprayed, also while drying make sure excess paint does not spill un der covered areas
    but like stated above, the paint you use will also be a big factor, too soft and at time of stringing the string that makes contact with the racquet at the throat section will scuff up the frame
    the ideal paint is to get one that will dry hard to the point where its not to easily scratched

    by the way, why you wanna change it, IMO this racquet looks awsome like it is, the red adds contrast to all that white and black
     
  35. tennisdude083

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    yea i know it looks tight but i thought it might give me something to do if i got bored over the summer. i just wanted to make sure it wouldnt be really bad to paint over the original paint without sanding it off and stuff.
     
  36. octman12

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    What kind of clear coating is there?
     
  37. Ash_Smith

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    Okay, so first practice racquet was a slaz pro braided. Learned a good lesson or two here...firstly, no matter how well you think you've preapared the racquet - you haven't prepared enough!!! secondly, the paint you choose is vital, the first paint i used sucks. The chrome paint finish looked ace but didn't settle on the frame and looked like it had a craquleur glaze!!!

    So, that frame is back to the strip shop...mk 2 is a Wilson PS 6.1 Classic which I spent much longer preparing and has now been stripped, primed and had it's first couple pf coats of the base paint colour. This time i've gone for car paint with a combination of Ford Ivory and Peugeot Marello Metallic.

    So far looks like the extra prep time was well worth it as the Ivory finish looks pretty good so far...
     
  38. DLtoken

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    ^^^ Drool pics please. ;)
     
  39. Ash_Smith

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    I have taken pics along the way, but cannot get them off my camera onto the computer!!! As soon as I can persuede them to talk to each other I'll post the pics!!!
     
  40. octman12

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    Kinds of paint

    What kind of paint are these? and is it alright to use these for painting a racquet?

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    and is this the kind of clear coating do you guys use?
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  41. Ash_Smith

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    Difficult to tell but they look like the kind of paint I used first time around - kind of like arts n crafts paints. If so, I found these too soft and that they didn't bind with the primer very well, also the masking tape left residue in the paints as they were soft. That's why I switched to car paint! Hopefully these will dry harder and polish up well.
     
  42. Maestro Nalbandian

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    The racquet is now ready for the clear coat stage. Do you guys recommend sanding before the clear coat? I'm worried it would lose some of the shine.
     
  43. DLtoken

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    Noooo. Never sand your top coat of color.
     
  44. Loco4Tennis

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    yeah, i am with Ash_Smith on this one
    they seem like the stuff i also tried the first couple of times, too soft, what you wnat is something that dries hard
    car paint shows the most promise right now, autopart places could help with that, also paint shops could possibly advise you on something similar
     
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    dude..... lol the paint job looks sick.... i wanna paint my racquet too now
     
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    sweet dude!! this is beast.. really helpful!
     
  47. Loco4Tennis

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    muko,

    do you have any current pics on this project of yours?
    did you start over or complete it?
     
  48. projects

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    Just share a little experience of painting. As I did quite a bit car painting, bike painting, and model aircraft painting.

    1.use paint stripper, it'll lot fast than sandpaper. And sand blaster may damage your racquet. But don't alow paint stripper stay more than half hour on your racquet, since it may also bite your racquet. wash and let the racquet completely dry.

    2.you can buy almost any primer, for racquet, you don't need self etch primer. the only thing is let the primer dry before do any job, which may take 1-2days, not just 1-2hours. otherwise, your color and clear coat may very easily been chipped off.

    3.any color and clear paint, but remember, use same brand and same type color and clear paint. otherwise, you'll got lots compatibale problems. for high quality hobby paint job, I would like go auto paint department for can spray, their nozzle way better than house hold can paint. basic can type paint for car are lacquer and enamel. both has pro/con. lacquer dry much faster and lots easier for multi-layer job and cheaper, but less durable. For single color, enamel can achieve much higher quality paint job, as it's more durable and can get good high glossy job. But it may not good for touch up/multi color paint job, since most enamel either do all job in 2hours, or do the other painting job 5-6 days later due to the nature of the paint.

    Good luck everyone.
     
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    W0000w. Looks proffesional. Nice one suppawat
     
  50. babolatpdtp

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    So I have questions to EVERYONE who has painted a racquet:

    1) What was the weight of the racquet before the painting and after the painting? (strung or unstrung, just be consistent)
    2) Was it easy enough to know WHEN to stop sanding? I would imagine that you are potentially weakening the racquet by sanding it if you are not incredibly careful.
    3) Do your paint jobs seem to "wear down" faster than the stock paint job?
     

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