How to create a custom paintjob (very detailed)

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  1. inzone

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    First attempt at a black out OSU racquet. I will have to see how it plays later.
     
  2. chrisingrassia

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    Weighed my racquets this morning.
    White racquet, 4 3/8 grip, w/2 "O" dampeners = 12oz
    Black racqet, 4 3/8 grip, w/2 "O" dampeners = 12oz
    Black racquet, 4 1/2 grip, w/no dampeners = 11.3oz

    Interesting. Would have expected the 4 1/2 racquet to be heavier. SCIENCE!
     
  3. lwto

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    I like the old WW2 P51's
    so I tried to replicate it with my BLX Blade 98
     
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  4. richardc-s

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    Nicely done, how did you do it? Lots of masking tape or vinyl transfers?
     
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  5. richardc-s

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    Finished my Aero Pro Drive...

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    In the end I painted it a matte grey, although it looks black in a lot of the pictures. The last two pictures show its true colour quite well. I think it looks really smart with the contrasting grip :D

    Now I just need to get it strung and it'll look lovely hung up on my study wall!
     
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  6. lwto

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    Thank you, yes it was a bit of a chore but the skinny was painting certain parts, for instance the yellow, then masking it off, the blue in the throat, mask.
    The black and white was actually pretty easy, the white is the base coat actually, and then I taped it cross wise with 1/4" electric tape, In the middle where the grommet holes are I slit it down the middle with a razor and peeled off alternate pieces of the tape and painted it black, then lifted the left over tape off and it gave me that checkered pattern.
    After I taped it off, I just painted it the silver.. which is a dodge Titanium paint actually.
    It's what I used mostly, spray paint from the auto store, since there is so many colors that are supposed to match your car color.
     
  7. richardc-s

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    Fair play, that must have taken forever! I would be afraid to use it after putting in so much effort!

    Car paints are very good for this type of thing, I've used them before and they seem nice and durable. This time around I actually used graffiti spray paint as I liked the colour... Time will tell how durable it is!

    I assume you lacquered it to help protect it?
     
  8. lwto

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    Actually, it didn't take to long, especially when you rush it. :)
    I was apprehensive about putting over coat on it because I've had some bad luck before with metallic silvers or golds, but it held up pretty well.
    Actually I don't use it cause I went with another racquet.

    Have you managed to end your racquetholism? Please share your advices

    These racquets which I only partially redid, I like them, not as much work but still personalized them.
     
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  9. richardc-s

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    Probably a good thing you don't use it, that way you can hang it on a wall and admire it :D

    You can put all the lacquer on in the world and it still won't hold up to hitting the court!
     
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  10. scotus

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    Those sticks look awesome without all the gaudy yellow paint and decals.
     
  11. IA-SteveB

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    I agree. I am a big fan of monochrome paint jobs. All you really need is a brand name decal, if that. Some paint jobs are as bad as late 80's cars.
     

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