My custom paint job n6.1 thread

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by zhan, Sep 27, 2006.

  1. zhan

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    Okay...

    Well I got enough of my n6.1 looking like everyone elses...
    so...
    CUSTOM PAINT JOB!!!


    ok so...

    Project overview -

    Paint my stick so it looks cool *duh*

    Style - Black outter + red inner *DEVIL RACQUET*

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    Day 1 - Sand + prime

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  2. hgb765

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    prettyyyyyy :)
     
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  3. TokyopunK

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    You Painted A Ncode Six One!!!!!!!
     
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  4. zhan

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    whats wrong with that?
     
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  5. dubleon

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    cool! keep us posted
     
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  6. zhan

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    i will lol...
    hopefully this will look legit too...
    or it'll be very lame
     
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  7. TLM_01

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    What primer and kind of sandpaper are you using?
     
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  8. zhan

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    ugh its automotive spec items i got in my garage LOL
     
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  9. MasterTS

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    Well I think it'll look like crap without professional tools and paint but good luck.. post pics of the final product lol

     
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  10. lorenza

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    okay, so when you first told me you were going to do this i was like, wtf, you are crazy. but now that i see it, i changed my mind. i like it. cant wait till its finished tho. its gonna be so awesome.
     
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  11. zhan

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    eh... .........................
    professional racquet painting tools and paint?
    :rolleyes:
    automotive spraypaint is good enough :mrgreen:
     
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  12. tempura_MAKI

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    not bad... keep layers to a minimal. be careful
     
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  13. looseswing

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    I think some guy did this to a prostaff a while back, except the inner color was light blue. He did a nice job too...
     
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  14. zhan

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    why less layers?
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    i think for cars = more layers = more better :confused:
    or is it concerning weight issues?
     
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  15. FuriousYellow

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    Why not? Seems like Zhan spends more time taking pictures of his racquet than playing with it anyway.

    It may as well look pretty for the pictures.
     
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  16. Ky0shiro

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    A racquet is not a car, and yeah I think he's talking about weight issues. The other guy who painted his racquet said it felt completely different from painting it.
     
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  17. zhan

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    as of sanding + priming
    the racquet feels LIGHTER
    the stock paint job is pretty hefty
     
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  18. AJK1

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    Believe it or not, it's gonna wreck the way it plays. Silly boy.
     
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  19. Ky0shiro

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    Ah I see what you're trying to do, though there might be a point in where you will add too much paint because there's really no way to tell unless you got the weight..thing and know the original weight of your racquet.
     
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  20. stormholloway

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    Great idea. I hate the ncode paintjobs.
     
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  21. zhan

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    :( :( :(
    cryyyyy
     
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  22. warreng

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    Wow. I just came across this thread.

    Kudos.

    Looks 1/2 way to a Prostaff Classic 6.1... :p
     
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  23. zhan

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    eh... problem with painting
    lol...
    a piece of the red paint i just applied on chippped offf
    so angry!
     
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  24. tempura_MAKI

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    Well, in a sense more layers can be a weight issue but not by much. What I mean is put as many layers as you want, but make sure each layer is a really thin coat. when a thicker layer is applied, you cannot tell what spots of the racquet have more paint coverage, which can lead to more paint on one side of the racquet thus, a slight imbalance. You may think this isnt significant, but when sanded, multiple coats of primer are on, then multiple coats of top color is on, and the optional gloss coat, it can be a factor. but generally you are safe.
     
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  25. zhan

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    well u r right
    i got about 5 coats of red in the inner ring and it already feels like a damn hyperhammer instead of the 9 point headlight feeling i had when it WAS a prostaff n6.1 lol

    so... i guess more customization with leadtape to in the handle to counter-weight it
     
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  26. tempura_MAKI

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    lol... i painted one racquet before... I sanded all the original logos and paint off, i put 2 coats of primer, 2 top coats, and 2 gloss coats. never felt the same way either. lol but lead helps to get it back.. haha
     
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  27. zhan

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    hmmm

    INNER RING PAINTED RED

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  28. zhan

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    i definately have more coats of stuff than that lol
    like 3 coats of primer
    5 coats of red in the inner
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    i ran out of black so i gotta go buy some black
    but i guess for weight saving purposes...
    about 2 layers of black...
     
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  29. lorenza

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    i love how that looks, although im not sure you achieved the "devil" look you were going for. still looks awesome.
     
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  30. Tennis Man

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    let me ask you something:

    1. Did you strip it of the old paint? Got a picture?
    2. Did you prime it? What did you use?
    3. Did you sand it? What grade?
    4 What paint did you use? How did you apply it (must be very thin layers)

    actually, it's very possible to do it properly using car primer and paint but you have to be careful applying the paint as it's not a car but a very small and delicate instrument. Good luck. I may do the same with my older frames.

    BTW, Any graphic artists on the board?
     
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  31. JordanR

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    Looks cool so far man keep us posted

    I dont think I'll actually do it but I'm not a fan of the Prince NXG's paint job even though I like the racquet, amd was thinking about painting it once I buy it. I'll keep an eye out on this thread for any tips thrown out there :)
     
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  32. es-0

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    any specific graphic art? as used to do some of that stuff... and i know people who can do it
     
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  33. BiGGieStuFF

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    Hope you have more than one racket, otherwise how do you play tennis while you're modding it? Damn RICER hehehe ;)
     
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  34. zhan

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    i dont have time these days to play tennis
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    i got midterms coming up
    so im just doing it as a side job to keep my brain sane from studying
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    and im totally anti-rice
     
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  35. zhan

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    i stripped old paint ... no pix cuz i thought it wouldnt matter so i didnt take any

    i primed it with "dunplipaint" sandable primer from pepboys (ugh its left over from a car project)

    sanded racquet with 120 grit dry sand and 400 semi-wet...
    but there r still scratches
    but its less...

    ugh
    quite heavy layers in the beginning cuz i was being a noob but then i sanded it down lol...
    but totalling 5 layers of red right now
    black i just got some this afternoon...
    so im gonna do black outter shell tomorrow with the redarea taped
     
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  36. Tennis Man

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    That's what I would do (based on my experience):

    1 The auto paint should be acrylic-based. So the primer should be also acrylic-based (read the labels). That will make ensure that the paint sticks properly

    2 Apply a thin coating of the primer and sand it with the finest sandpaper very lightly so it's smooth

    3 Sparay it lightly (keep the can about a foot away) with a mist so there are no bubble anywhere on the surface. Let it dry well and reapply. Use masking tape for different colors and should be fine

    4. Let it dry for at least 24 hour before stringing ...
     
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  37. zhan

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    life is a biznatch
     
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  38. zhan

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    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    ITS RAINING... it might affect the paint...
     
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  39. Duzza

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    It's called indoors...
     
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  40. zhan

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    its in the garage...
    but humidity...
     
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  41. zhan

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    finished!!111
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  42. zhan

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    sorry lighting conditions suck in my room
     
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  43. str33t

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    niiice. but it looks a little shiny and the paint looks grainy.
     
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  44. battousai555

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    Looks great to me. I wish I had time to do that to my NXG...
     
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  45. BiGGieStuFF

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    Must say it turned out better than I thought. Wish you could have added those little sparkly accents like the old Prince CTS line used to have. That would have been a nice touch :).

    Bravo buddy. Only thing is.....why did you change your SN to B4ckY4rd Sp3c1aL?

    man I don't want to know what the special in the backyard is hahaha. You're being more Zhan everyday ;)
     
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  46. zhan

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    if i can get lighting conditions better it'll look better on pix
    cuz with no light it looks really gay cuz the clearcoating doesnt shine up
     
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  47. JordanR

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    Haha saaaame thought here. I demo'd one a week ago and really liked it, bought mine yesterday. Plays great but has a pretty week PJ.

    Zhan, you maybe want to sum up the process here incase others want to follow it? I think its great you went from start to finish here, so I'd be interested in trying it myself using your process. Let us know how it holds up in the future too, and if it plays any different.
     
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  48. lorenza

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    i love how it turned out! and i hope it plays the same, otherwise that will really suck.
     
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  49. BiGGieStuFF

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    yeah it'll play the same i'm sure. I mean how hard could it be for Zhan to hit long and wide and over the fence all the time? He wouldn't even need a racket for that ;)
     
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  50. zhan

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    good call
    will do later...
    now study econ ! :mad:
     
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