How to fix a small crack in racquet?

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  1. Funbun

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    I got a small crack on one point around the frame of my racquet. It's small, but it goes around the racquet. It doesn't seem to affect my performance, nor does it appear to snap apart at any time.

    Can I fix this crack in some way? Or at least apply something on it to "bandage" it?

    Also, rather importantly, can I still restring my racquet? Or will it just fall apart while restringing?

    I really don't want to hog my parent's money to buy another one for Xmas.
     
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  2. Funbun

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    The paint's obviously chipped around that part of the racquet, too, but it's only really small.
     
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  3. Wes_Loves_Dunlop

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    if you mean its a crack going along the surface of the beam, it should be fine. it is probably a crack by hitting the racket on the floor thus causing stress on the paint.
    it should be fine
     
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  4. kcmiser

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    I'm not sure what you are describing, but it sounds like a little hairline fracture. My Babolat developed those in various areas. I put superglue on them, which seemed to stop them from spreading. I chose superglue because it's very cheap, easily available, extremely strong, and very, very thin (like a liquid) as you apply it, so I figured it would seep into the tiny cracks and hold things together. The cracks stopped spreading after I applied it, so I've been happy, but your situation may be different.
     
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  5. [d]ragon

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    I had a K6.1 in my possession. One day I noticed a small crack in the throat. Didn't think much of it. Kept hitting with it abit. Crack didn't grow. Ok maybe it's just a paint crack or its just a really minor crack. Didn't play with it for awhile. Then I took it out for a spin again. Hitting with it felt very flat. Restrung it. Still felt flat and limp, dead. After awhile my wrist started hurting and it would go away immediately after switching frames.

    Lesson: once it's cracked, it's only a matter of time before it goes
     
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  6. Fedace

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    You can dip it in the molten metal bath in the steel mill...
     
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  7. khw72004

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    you could always buy a new one.
     
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  8. quest01

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    Would doing this make the racquet unplayable?
     
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  9. Kick Serve 14

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    do you censor yourself? or just write everything that comes to mind in the name of adding to your post count? Honestly....
    anyways, you might be able to play with it, though i cant gaurentee how well it will preform... when it comes time to restring it, check the crack, if it has spread replace the racket, if not, see think about how it preforms with the crack in comparison to before, then make your decision...
     
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  10. Fedace

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    My point is this. If Racket is cracked,,, even a small crack, for sure,, dump it. At first you will think, racket is playing ok then you realize your control isn't as good as before. and you will wonder, maybe i just suck today.....then you find out that the racket is twisting on impact and that is why you are losing control.
     
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  11. volleynets

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    you are my favorite poster.
     
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  12. SuperDuy

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    yeah dude, couldnt of said it better myself!
     
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  13. Kick Serve 14

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    okay... then put it like that... or be silent. as my dad tells me: It is better to be quiet and give the impression that you are intelligent, rather than say something and eliminate all doubt...
     
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  14. jazzyfunkybluesy

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    Throw it in the wastebasket.
     
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  15. Kick Serve 14

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    on a related note:
    I have a question for all posters, excluding Fedace, unless he gives intelligent information.
    I have a racket, in which on several spots, the paint is scratched so that i can see the bare graphite.... it is not cracked... so what i am wondering is if my racket will be fine to play with, or if it will die a slow painful death.... i played with it recently, and it seemed fine, but i would like to hear responces from intelligent posters...
     
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  16. Fedace

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    Sounds like Paint chip which will not affect play at all...
     
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  17. Kick Serve 14

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    that's what i assumed, however, since it goes all the way to the graphite, i was not sure if i should take any extra precautions about preventing my racket from being damaged any further...
     
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  18. Fedace

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    Babolat Head tape will cover it up and give some protection...
     
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  19. Kick Serve 14

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    no, this is just outside the range of the tape, i already tried it and it doesn't reach, but then again i guess i coujl use 2 layers, one extending more onto one side than the other to protect the whole frame...
     
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  20. coolblue123

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    10 years back when I was playing with a cracked Kawasaki racquet. (It looks very similar to either a Yonex or a PK). Believe it or not, I put white out in there. Seems to be good for 6 months till it cracked again. Unfortunately, couldn't find another Kawasaki racquet.
     
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  21. Funbun

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    Odd, another Marylander.

    Did you recognize a change in feel or anything on the Kawasaki? Did you restring it much during that time? I might try white-out; super glue and head tape are inaccessible to me. Plus, super glue's kinda risky.
     
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  22. khw72004

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    I'm wondering if you remember the model or the Kawasaki racket you had. I believe I have 2, one is 100% graphite I think the model is "silver shot" (when I find it I will double check). I haven't played with it cause I have too many rackets now and not enough time.
     
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  23. Bent

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    Pics would be nice:)

    Well, I repaired a PC 600 once.

    It had a ½ inch crack. Not a critical place, but still.

    I removed the grommets. Took a metal saw and sawed a clean line as deep as the graphite.

    Filled with 2 component epoxy glue (Araldit). After drying, sanded down carefully. Painted the small area wit a similar colour.

    Very rewarding and and a good result with a small amount of energy+time. And free :)
     
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  24. brownbearfalling

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    how did the racquet play after you repaired it?
    How long did you play with the racquet after you repaired it?
    Did you saw the racquet veritcal or horizontal?
    Interesting process you went through. I've never heard of anyone actually repairing a racquet. And the metal putty adhesive at the hardware store that i tried made the racquet way to heavy.
     
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  25. TheLama

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    "If one's words are no better than silence, then one should be silent"...Chinese Proverb.
     
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  26. MethodTennis

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    try electre if your in the uk you can send them and they will repair it at a small cost
     
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  27. Bent

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    It played like a new racket. No strange sounds. Lust like the other identical rackets.

    I strung it 2 weeks after to make sure it was hardened. A rather small amount of glue.

    I sawed vertically along the crack.

    No problem. Fun. Rewarding.
     
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  28. kalic

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    My stringer repairs smashed racquets with "liquid kevlar". I don't know what it is, but it works...
     
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  29. Mano

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    Carbon rackets are basically weaved carbon fibers glued together with epoxy under high pressure and temperature. So the proper way to repair your racket is to use a epoxy glue, like Bent did.

    If your racket has a crack, using super glue is not the risk you should worry about, it's the restringing and playing with it without proper repairment (read white-out) that should worry you.
    But even with a epoxy glue, there is no guarantee it will last long. Maybe its time has just come to go to the everlasting tenniscourts.
     
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  30. frankyfrank94

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    does using head tape affect racquet weight?
     
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