how would one clean the frame

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  1. TheLambsheadrep

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    I just realized I have a milky white colored build up of some sort on parts of the outside of my racket head. I can scratch some off with my fingernail, but can't get it off all of that way. id rather not scrape the rest with a file or something, so is there a spray cleaner or something I could use that wouldn't hurt the paint/shinny exterior coating or any part of the frame?
     
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  2. Sampson

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    bedazzle it.....
     
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  3. TheLambsheadrep

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    ya, not helpful. i tried water and washcloth, not very effective
     
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  4. bayoozen33

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    I've read other posters say non acetone nail polish remover or rubbing alcohol. However, I haven't tried this as I haven't really needed to. I would wait for someone to confirm those suggestions before doing it.
     
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  5. Virtua Tennis

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    try using rubbing alcohol
     
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  6. Virtua Tennis

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    don't use acetone it maybe too strong and remove the paint
     
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  7. TheLambsheadrep

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    so maybe nail polish remover or rubbing alcohol but def no acetone. any other suggestions?
     
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  8. vb2374

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    Citrus cleaner, such as Goo Gone.
     
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  9. TomballJV

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    I'm gonna give the same advice that I did for somebody who asked about cleaning shoes and say Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. It works pretty well and could be used to clean almost anything
     
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  10. pyrokid

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    This, it works on almost everything that you can get off without serious chemicals.
    If this doesn't work, try baking soda paste. But that probably won't work.
     
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  11. Keifers

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    I've used acetone very successfully over the years -- on the shiny surfaces of racquets, it removes dirt and grime quickly and easily. (Be careful using it on stick-on labels, plastic tape, etc. It can remove color and melt glue.) Apply with a cotton bud or cotton bud.

    Btw, acetone is the key ingredient of most nail polish removers.
     
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  12. pshulam

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    isopropyl or ethyl alcohol (ethanol). Car Wax is another possibility.
     
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  13. DonnyDarko

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    Try Barkeepers friend. It's a very mild abrasive you apply gently with a wet sponge or cloth.
     
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    forgive me but i'm gonna be immature for a second. ok i think you know where i'm going with this quote....

    anyway to answer the question: i use this stuff called goof off when i change base grips to get the adhesive off the pallet, and it's really powerful (don't use it without good ventilation in the room). i think it uses ethanol and xylene, which i dunno how bad that would be for the paint job. i don't mind for the pallet though.

    the other recommendations should work, try those first.
     
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  15. Nuke

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    If you have a can of WD-40 around, spray a rag and use that to wipe down the frame. That takes off a lot of organic-based gunk.
     
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    Ditto...Goo Gone is always the first thing I try.

    TripleB
     
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  17. MayDay

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    Doesn't that leave it smelling "WD-40"? Or do you clean the WD-40 off with something else?
     
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    goo gone is good stuff, though i've never used it on rackets.

    rubbing alcohol has been good enough for me on those.
     
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  19. Nuke

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    Hey, WD-40 is like perfume; what are you talking about? Seriously, after removing the gunk, wipe it off with a clean cloth, and the smell will go away. If that's still too much, "odorless" mineral spirits will do the same job with less smell.
     
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  20. Lakers4Life

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    Naptha or Lighter Fluid, also removes leftover adhesive as wells as grease. Dries quickly and no odor afterwards.

    Don't use Acetone or MEK, unless you want the frame to melt.
     
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  21. JackB1

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    I cant imagine a racquet getting so dirty that a special cleaner is needed to get the dirt off.???
     
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  22. Snipergene

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    +1. I used Goof Off last night on a racquet to get a lot of adhesive from old grips off and then I wiped down the whole frame with it. It worked beautifully and didn't harm the paint.
     
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  23. Lakers4Life

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    If a racket is left in a Garage for a long time, especially without a head cover. A thin film of grease will form. I've seen it a few times from clients that buy old rackets from craigslist. Alcohol works but it takes a long time. For me Naptha and a shop rag works the best. But there are some rackets with a dull paint job that is somewhat tacky. Not all rackets made have a glossy finish.
     
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    Try Simple Green. Won't take off paint or anything else except the dirt and grime
     
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  25. TheLambsheadrep

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    ive determined that its gunk from the top of the net. i guess outdoor hardcourt nets would get grimy after a while. does this change any suggestions?
     
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  26. Snipergene

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    Softscrub and some elbow grease.
     
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  27. TheLambsheadrep

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    so what can I use, and what can I absolutely not use?
     
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    Nail polish remover is acetone. If a commercial cleaner doesn't work, I would use naphtha.
    Cheers,
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  29. Bud

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    Use nail polish remover (acetone) as people stated earlier in the thread.
     
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  30. DonnyDarko

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    Now that I think of it, I purchased a bottle of rubbing compound from an auto body shop a while back. Stuff is made by 3M and is made for final polishing on paint jobs (color tone specific, darker compound for darker finishes). I used this often to remove minor scuffs from my car (it's black) and it does a great job. Just rub the stuff in, polish with a soft dry cloth, and scuffs and marks are gone. I just finish it off with some wax and it was better than new.
     
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