Remove Stencil?

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  1. ChipNCharge

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    Is there a way to remove a stencil/logo from the stringbed? Will rubbing alcohol work without damaging the strings?

    Chip
     
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  2. tennisguy2121

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    as far as I know, you cannot get a stencil off of a stringbed, I messed up on a stencil on a customers racquet, and had to restring the racquet and do it again. Ive never tried alcohol, but I would think my boss would have let me try that instead.
     
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  3. diredesire

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    rubbing alcohol will most likely dry out the string, and remove any PU coating/lubricating coating. This may cause the strings to become brittle. You might want to try gasoline, or ethylene? <-?

    Goo gone or something else like that will work better, as it's oil based. It's more or less a crap shoot, because these chemicals can do damage to certain plastics, not sure about nylon.
     
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  4. doriancito

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    mix some gasoline with some liquid vaseline so if the string lubrication is lost the vaseline will do the job
     
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  5. dancraig

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    It might be hard to get the ink out of all the nooks and crannies, especially in the areas where the strings cross. Depending on the string, it will pretty much wear away after a while.
     
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  6. PBODY99

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    While nail polish remover will allow you to clean up the frame and take the color of the ink off the strings, it will make a mess if you wanted to remove a large area of ink.
     
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  7. leog

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    ummm, play tennis with it?
     
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  8. ChipNCharge

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    That might be just crazy enough to work! :)
     
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  9. diredesire

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    acetone, which is the active cleaning ingredient in most nail polish removers will MELT plastics (polycarbonate, otherwise known as lexan, is an example of this) and it will strip many types of paint. I do not recommend using NPR.
     
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  10. Virgilio

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    All of this stuff will smell like hell, I think your customer will realize you put something on the strings...
     
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  11. Steve Huff

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    Just get some Stencil Remover. I got it at .......oh, I can't say their name here, can I.
     
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  12. @ce

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    Yeah there is a way... Restring the racquet
     
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  13. nViATi

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    Get an old tennis ball that you will never use again and rub it against the racquet. Do it for a few minutes and the stencil will be gone.
     
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  14. hummer23

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    ive used accetone on syn gut, and a small quantity applied to a cottonball has yeilded good results. just go through witha paper towel and clean it up. acetone isnt very concentrated, but if you find that it is harming your strings, dilute it wit some water, or try some vodka, that seems to work for most everything else. :)
     
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  15. Steve Huff

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    I tried the Vodka. My strings broke, but I was crocked by that time, so I didn't care.
     
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  16. Rockyrock

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    Eucalyptus oil removes stenciling without harming the string.
     
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  17. a guy

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    Say you want to put the stencil back on a new set of strings, do you have to use a certain paint/spraypaint? Say for a material like natural gut would cartain paints that contain a lot of water destroy the strings?
     
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  18. hummer23

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    they make special stecil ink that tends to stay on strings longer than sharpie or other markers. you can buy this at tw, just search for stencil ink. as fo rthe gut question, i apply the ink on a new set of gut, right on the coating, so when that goes away, so does the ink. if it is reapplied on the uncoated gut, it may cause a problem, but i'd doubt it. all pros who have gut use stencils, and they touch up the stencils oin the sidelines whenever they need to. i dont think it would harm the strings.
     
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