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bcart1991 01-23-2013 09:26 AM

Cleaning a leather grip?
Previous owner of a racquet obviously put a replacement grip over the original leather. The leather looks to be in good condition under all the residue.

How can I get the residue off without ruining the leather? I always use an overgrip, but would still like to keep the leather in good shape if I can.

I have a decent complement of cleaning products at the house, just wondering if anyone had good/bad/ugly experiences with anything specific.

The offender:

stoo 01-24-2013 09:39 AM

For under $10, get yourself a TW Leather replacement grip and save youself the hassle.

bcart1991 01-24-2013 10:10 AM

I hit it last night with some soap/water and a scrubber sponge. It still looks exactly like the pic above. Luckily I have an extra leather replacement grip in the parts bin (I think). Now where'd I put that staple gun...

mad dog1 01-24-2013 10:22 AM

i've been able to remove OG residue w/ shoe polish (cream color) and alot of elbow grease. i took a soft cloth and rubbed the shoe polish into the exposed leather grip and started scrubbing. took some time, but i was trying to salvage a Head Genuine Calfskin grip so it was worth it.

soap and water won't do it. be careful with the scrubber sponge as it will scuff the smooth leather surface.

goran_ace 01-24-2013 10:24 AM

Yeah that looks pretty bad. Probably not worth the effort to try to clean it up consdering how little a brand new leather grip would cost you.

Relinquis 01-24-2013 07:30 PM

i think you should get a new leather grip. this doesn't look like it will ever be 100%.

Fearsome Forehand 01-24-2013 09:59 PM

Isopropyl (aka rubbing) alcohol, maybe ever Windex (which has alcohol in it.) Use a generous amount and leave it on for awhile, it might dissolve the residual glue.

Very hot water might work as well as it will melt/soften the glue.

For that matter, you could try heating up the glue with a blow dryer and see if the residual grip will peel off.

As a last resort, you could try WD40. It will dissolve the glue but it will probably take some of the color off the leather grip.

Worst case, buy another grip. No biggie.

It should be a crime to put a replacement grip over a nice leather grip IMHO.

bcart1991 01-25-2013 06:13 AM

Had not thought about the hair dryer/glue approach, might be worth a shot. Gonna go ahead and replace it first, then try cleaning it later (I have 2 young kids, who am I kidding...).

Funny thing is, that's a 5/8 grip, so the guy must have been 6'5"+ to need a replacement grip OVER one already that large.

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