Restoring head rashes

Discussion in 'Classic Racquet Talk' started by boinz, Apr 8, 2013.

  1. boinz

    boinz Rookie

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    Guys, I recently got to acquire a couple of old racquets without bumper guards, which as expected have their fair share of scuffs and rashes from the lack of protection.
    My OCD mind is getting the better of me now and I hope to restore these scuffs and rashes to a more decent state than they are currently

    I'm thinking of using very fine sandpaper to smooth the hoop without taking away much of the paint job and then finish up with coloured markers :oops:

    Anyone out there with other repair tricks to share? Let's discuss how can we restore some of our beloved frames
     
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  2. Tamiya

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    Been doing a lot of that resto lately.

    If graphite is scraped into, I seal with superglue.

    Then you can patch the scrape with either hi-build primer or bondo.
    Sand back the filler & prep for paint.

    I use various modelling paints from hobby store, get "enamel" not acrylic.
    Water based acrylic doesn't dry as hard. Big choice colours in hobby rack
    or you can try Duplicolor touch up paints from motor factors.

    Clear coat over colour to protect & give it depth.


    Welcome to Club OCD... :D
     
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  3. boinz

    boinz Rookie

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    Woah.... Hardcore. No wonder you call yourself Tamiya :)
    Thanks for the tips

    One question, do you apply the paint with a brush or have you also attempt to airbrush them before?
     
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  4. Tamiya

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    I have an airbrush but I haven't yet used it on racquets yet.
    So far I'm only retouching to make frames look good from 3' away
    not perfect like they've never hit ground before.

    Airbrushing often means a heap of MASKING :( it's easier to hand paint.

    I may have to airbrush some 1980s Princes where they're all 1 colour,
    airbrush will help it blend in to factory paint if I can't matchmix exactly.
    Also the 2/3/4 colour "fades" popular in the early 1990s.
    My collection is mainly this era.

    Graphics & text on frames will be your biggest headache! :)
    Worst still are the "Agassi" style frames 10-15yrs old with 1001 colours,
    they'll be murder to touch up, I wouldn't even know where to start.

    Getting really tempted to just BLACKOUT the whole thing & stick
    "Experimental" on the side :D
     
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