Just Spray Painted My Racket

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by kian, Jun 29, 2005.

  1. kian

    kian New User

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    Here it is:

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    Couldn't be bothered to wait for my strings to snap so I just sprayed it over. Cheap strings anyways.

    And it was the laziest most ineffective method - no sanding, just sprayed 3 coats. I bet it'll chip easily but who cares. I'll be changing rackets soon.

    Stupid crack... :(
     
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  2. ptuananh

    ptuananh Rookie

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    Why did you do that?
     
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  3. kian

    kian New User

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    Why? Because I tried to mend the huge crack by using superglue. It works, lessens the vibration, but looks hella ugly.
     
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  4. AndrewD

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    Have you weighed the racquet since you painted it?
     
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  5. kian

    kian New User

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    Haha, seriously I don't think there'll be much of a difference.

    I'll be switching rackets soon anyways, so these will just be spares.
     
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  6. tschevap

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    looks great! Something special!
     
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  7. MTChong

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    I'm thinking of doing the same thing with my Diablos - all black would look pretty sweet, I think.
     
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  8. cheecl

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    Won't the spray paint weaken the racquet? I know your frame is cracked anyway, but if it were'nt, then would spraying compromise the strength/structure of the frame?
     
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  9. voltman

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    Paint weighs more than you may think.
     
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  10. tennisadict

    tennisadict Semi-Pro

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    huhhhhhhh i wouldn`t mess around with painting, hope you get the right paint. If you buy a spary paint for a metal it will ruin your raket for sure
     
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  11. Belafonte

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    really? how could painting your racket ruin it? i'v pretty resently painted a racket...i don't see how it would affect the structure of the frame; i did it to coverup all the scuffs on the frame.
     
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  12. wtennis206

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    I ruined a PC600 trying to do that with spray paint. It was like acid or something. It ate through the throat (and looked like crap in general). Next time, take it to an autobody shop. Your pj looks pretty good though. I hope you have better luck than I did!
     
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  13. diredesire

    diredesire Super Moderator

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    IF we're talking JUST about painting: the thing is you typically won't ruin a racquet's structure by painting it.. perhaps the current paint job underneath, but if you're going to re-paint/paint over a racquet, you might as well do it correctly. Get some paint stripper at freddy's or an auto shop (or home improvement store... etc)

    And then strip the paint off, sand it down to it's prior primer and then:
    Prime it.
    Get some primer and color of spray paint you want, there is matte finishes, if you so prefer

    Rule of thumb: the better you prepare the painting process, the better it will look/easier it will be (duh).

    Sand the racquet down evenly, and make sure there are no weird bumps/scratches. Prime the racquet once, sand any bumps/imperfections down. If the graphite shows through again, lightly prime it again, sand and repeat until a satisfactory base coat remains on the racquet, You may want to wipe it down at this point and then let it dry (this is with plenty of dry time between coats, of course). The main thing to a good paint job is patience, it takes time.

    Do the same thing as you did with the primer with the paint, layer/sand, layer/sand.

    3 layers is probably plenty. Again, plenty of dry time and patience. Clear coat the frame if you are goign for a shiny finish, follow the directions if going for matte.

    There are plenty of painting guides online for just about anything, Just be more careful as there are open holes etc in a racquet that you do not want to plug.
     
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  14. Exile

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    just remember the i.tour and then re-evaluate.
     
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  15. yvp

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    Hey ,the racquets look good...
     
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  16. nViATi

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    the i.tour looks dumb not because it's black but because
    1) it has head and intelligence written in a huge size on it
    2) it has a teardrop shape head
     
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  17. diredesire

    diredesire Super Moderator

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    The i.Tour is a surprisingly nice frame to hit with, though. Good control for a lighter racquet, nice stability, good bite.. I was able to pick one up for $35, so that's why i own one ;)

    The teardrop shape did throw me off though, i thought i was going to be hitting with a tear-drop shaped trampoline in the form of a tennis racquet, but it was surprisingly low powered. I think the graphics are OK, but i'd probably lose 'em, too.
     
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  18. Jonnyf

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    i think it looks really cool BUT why don't you paint the LM ridges black then it would look even cooler
     
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  19. RafaN RichardG

    RafaN RichardG Semi-Pro

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    i think it looks cool, people will just be mistakenly thinking its a LM 8
     
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  20. ncode

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    Wow... I like it :)
     
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