Stencil (those who do it)

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  1. aznhippos

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    Do you guys do the string stencil yourselves or have your stringer do it for you?
     
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  2. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    Chuck Norris does it for me. He gets a roundhouse from me if he doesn't.
     
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  3. Doubles

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    I string for myself, so when I want a stencil I do it myself.
     
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  4. rofl_copter3

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    Who stencils??? I don't get paid to play my sticks so its not worth the effort...
     
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  5. Andyroo10567

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    Its a waste of time to wait for it to dry up. I dont want to be waiting 1 day just for it to dry up so i can rub it off when i play. Just a waste.
     
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  6. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    It's also a waste if you use polys. It's gone in 30mins.
     
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  7. nightfire700

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    1 day? We use the Yonex stencil ink and it dries in 10 minutes. I have a 9.5 yr old kid and he loves to have ink on his racquet and we do all kind of patterns to keep it interesting. The latest one is Blackbird SR-71 (fastest airplane ever) on his racquet strings :)
     
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  8. fortun8son

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    I do stencils.
    It makes my clients feel like they have a brand new stick.
     
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  9. Slitch

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    It's very easy to do. You can find stencils using google. Just print them out on transparant sheets and cut it out using a sharp knife. Lay it on the racket and draw in the blanks.
     
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  10. !<-_->!

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  11. DownTheLineWith90

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    Say Chi Sin Lo,

    Do stencil inks affect poly durability?
     
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  12. PBODY99

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    Stencil ink does not affect poly.
    Camp setting with little kids it helps to id the frames and gives them something the "big players" do.
     
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  13. martini1

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    I do the red W on poly and all the balls got these bloody whip marks on. OK if they are all my balls but I don't think others would appreciate that.
     
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  14. trilix

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    Never done it, but last week I ordered a pen and wilson stencil. It was too cheap not to try it :)
     
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  15. slowfox

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    At my local courts it seems the only folks with stencils are the ones who play racquets pre-strung with nylon from Walmart etc. Pretty much nobody else has stencils. And no sponsored player would ever slum it on these lousy courts.

    In high school I used to think stencils were cool. I'd use magic markers and draw silly designs on my cheapo Prince syn gut.
     
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  16. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    It doesn't, but because the monofilament nature of the polyester, there's nothing for the ink to seep into. It's basically ink on a slick surface.

    Ummm, like writing on a dry-erase whiteboard. The ink will come right off.

    Unlike natural gut and multifilament, there's a "core" (if you will) for the ink to seep into. That's why stencil stays on gut and multi far longer than polyesters.
     
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  17. Overdrive

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    Playing with Boris Becker racquets, I stencil my racquets because... it's my own damn racquets..

    :cool:
     
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  18. fortun8son

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    I'm not a fan of the white stuff.
    It's not really ink. More like paint.
    It's kinda goopy and hangs up in the grommets when you cut out and remove the strings.
    But it does seem to stick to poly.
     
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  19. The Meat

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    I used to stencil a long time ago, now I'm going bare and never going back. :)

    Also, never get Tourna Ink, that stuff is cheap and the applicator tip will rip off after few applications. Get Babolat instead.
     
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  20. MattCrosby

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    Depends really, if I string for myself I dont really do it, but if someone else does I do. No idea why, I have all the stencil equipment myself
     
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  21. Murrayfan64

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    Do it myself.
     
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  22. max

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    Yeah :)

    I just string for myself and the times I've stenciled, I've always left stupid black lines from the ink on the ball. I'm not sponsored, so what's the point?

    Of course, a HS player thinks he's big league having a stencil.
     
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  23. DaveInBradenton

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    The best way to do it is to get a racket manufacturer to sponsor you.

    Or, buy a racket at Wal-mart.
     
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  24. Or Tennis

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    I have a different take on why I don't use stencil. My thinking is that the paint that goes over my string would somehow adversely affect playability. For instance, some strings are made rough on the surface to have a greater spin potential, so wouldn't the paint/ink reduce that spin potential? If I were using natural gut, I would want the bare "gut" doing its "magic" on the ball, without any interference from the stencil paint/ink.

    But then I see the pros do it, and it makes me think that the stencil must not affect the performance too much for them to risk winning, despite getting paid to have a logo on their string.
     
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  25. struggle

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    of course i stencil, i get the ink from the same place i buy all my sew on patches that make me look like a 4.0 walking billboard.
     
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  26. Rjtennis

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    I don't like how the ink gets all over the balls so I would use stencils.
     
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  27. coach

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    I make stencils from simple drawings from the internet. My 10 year old wanted a sword, simple enough. I am currently into Chinese characters for my own hybrid (all nylon) but have had a silhouette of a person hitting a 2 handed backhand, a mountain bike, an alien face, nuclear power symbol. You are only limited by your imagination. Only problem for me is that despite letting it dry for 10-15 hours on average, and doing both sides of the strings, they fade a lot in 90+ minutes of hitting. Any ideas somebody on how to extend the ink? I buy it locally at a tennis shop or from our good friends at TW.
     
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  28. Dimcorner

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    I put a panda on my badminton racquet and the design was awesome because the sweetspot was unpainted. Might do it to the tennis racquet just to mess around. :)

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  29. db10s

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    lol... I guess that makes me a "big player" since Dunlop says I have to stencil my strings.

    I do it myself because I string my own frames.
     
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  30. Rafa4Ever

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    I do it myself. Head reps get angry if you don't lol. I don't why it's a big deal though because it normally fades pretty fast and people can tell what kind of racquet it is just by loooking, but idc as long as it gets me free stuff.
     
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  31. zapvor

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    i do it usually for the sponsored guys
     
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  32. Big_Dangerous

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    Yeah it's the reason I stopped. I used to stencil, and it's just honestly not worth the time or effort. It rubs off in like one hit around, and it leaves marks on the balls as well.
     
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  33. willrcboy

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    The worst I have seen is not about stenciling the strings but how the whole process was being applied. This guy I've seen did his perfectly cut out stencils for both sides of the racquet, lock them up with nuts and bolts onto the strings then applied the ink. I don't know whether I should have laughted or be shocked from seeing the whole "procedure"
     
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