The best way to paint a racquet?

Discussion in 'Racquets' started by ktowntennis, Mar 2, 2004.

  1. ktowntennis

    ktowntennis New User

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    I have an iRadical that I thought about painting and I was just wondering if anyone out there had any advice as to how to go about it? What sort of spray paint do you use? Is it possible to paint a racquet something more than just a solid color?
     
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  2. jayserinos99

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    I just repainted my PT 280s to a solid matte black. The hardest part of it for me was to actually get the paint off the racquets. At first I went with a paint remover in a can that had the citrus scent, but that wasn't strong enough so I went with Bulldog Paint Remover. That stuff is strong, but there was one racquet in particular that was very stubborn. I just got rid of it the best I could and sanded it over to get rid of the excess paint. I then used 2 coats of automotive primer, 2 coats of semi-gloss black paint followed by 1 coat of satin finish clear coat. Any spray paint should do really. I haven't reallly thought about painting it any other color other than solid black, so I really don't know about painting it other than solid.
     
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  3. @wright

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    Jay, do they play exactly the same now that you painted them black? Also, did it change the weight at all? You guys must be Stones fans, "paint it black".
     
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  4. Ronaldo

    Ronaldo G.O.A.T.

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    Or at least stoned during the paintjob
     
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  5. jayserinos99

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    Haven't been stoned in a while, but I like the Stones. Haven't gotten around to playing w/ the frames yet since they were drying when i left them at home. As far as the weight goes, they seemed heavier after the painting.
     
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  6. failurebydesign

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    I dislike the way my current PT280 looks.... wished it would be more of a blue than a purple.
     
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  7. Grimjack

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    I just purchased a used PT280 from these boards. I've got a few of them, but this new one's my first purple one. All the rest are royal blue, and suddenly this one turns up purple. I didn't even know that was a possibility. Blew my mind.

    Anyway, blue, purple, makes no difference to me. I think it's a sweet looking stick.

    (Now if I could just find a string I could find happiness with. :evil: )
     
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  8. Chuck

    Chuck New User

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    A couple of thoughts about racquet painting from my experience with painting a racquet of mine. First, I used masking tape to make the design on mine and it worked fine. Second, I used auto spray paint and a clear coat lacquer for finishing. Looked great until I took it to have it restrung and the clamps really tore up my beautiful new paint job. Anyway, if there is a really tough hard type of paint, I would suggest using that. Lacquer perhaps. The really tough part is surface prep and removing the old paint. I cut out the strings and removed the grommet before starting to sand down the racquet. Overall though, I was happy with the results and will probably try it again.
     
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