Dunlop Max 200G cosmetic damage ...

Discussion in 'Classic Racquet Talk' started by ritton07, Nov 1, 2013.

  1. ritton07

    ritton07 Rookie

    Jan 14, 2009
    Dear all,

    I found a…cosmetic damage to my loved Dunlop Max 200G, and I wonder if it might be possible to do something on the matter.. (fear not..);
    I have collected vintage rackets for some years and this one was one I was (am) most proud of : one of the first versions, with black/gold Dunlop grip, still sealed.
    I bought it with a full cover from a later version; I, then, found an earlier new cover, a ¾ length one, I thought It was the right one for it..
    This racket has stayed in a closet for some months (inside cellophane), vertical, alongside of other frames (without too much pressure)
    Yesterday, I decided to have a look at it, after some time – I collect other sport items now.. -, and I discovered that the frame is no more in the original …matt black finish; if you look at it at a certain …light angle, it is all…striped, with the original matt black replaced by more…glossy, even slightly…sticky parts;
    I may assume it happened due to the contact / pressure with the inside of the cover (which is of a kind of velvet/flock material), that should be meant to…protect it..!
    (The green ang gold markings / lines are still pristine)
    Do everyone think – as I fear – that I can only keep the frame as it is?
    No chances of any …restoration?
  2. struggle

    struggle Hall of Fame

    Mar 4, 2010
    Western North Carolina
    take some rubbing alcohol and a paper towel to it.
  3. ritton07

    ritton07 Rookie

    Jan 14, 2009
    by "rubbing" alcohol, you mean, hysopropilic one?
    (english is not my ..mother tongue :) )
    (Might it also....rub out the green and gold details/markings? Should I avoid to run it on them?)
  4. Tamiya

    Tamiya Semi-Pro

    Jan 27, 2013
    AU, SG, MY
    I would avoid doing anything

    my MAX200Gs have got notoriously flakey paint, any hard rubbing
    will make the paint fall off the graphite chassis underneath in flakes.

    Many matte finish paint does degrade to a sticky mess but I thought
    Dunlop predated the waterbased coatings that went sticky in less than
    10yrs... it's more a satin finish on mine not really matte.

    Seems to be a whole range of covers they came with,
    I've got one that's a shocking red velvet on the inside :)
  5. hrstrat57

    hrstrat57 Hall of Fame

    Apr 29, 2007
    Agree - the flaky paint comes off just by looking at it.... My remaining pair have none left
  6. Sanglier

    Sanglier Rookie

    Nov 28, 2011
    I used polyurethane spray on a couple of my sticky sticks (Voelkl Catapult 3, Yonex RD Ti-50) to good effect. It's not a restoration, as it added a glossy sheen to the finish, but it kept things from getting worse. At least these sticks don't attract dirt and catch flies anymore. :)

    In any event, if the original finish came with a built-in self-destructive device, it would be a sisyphean exercise to try to "restore" it. Anything that is likely to do any good will necessarily be non-original. So the choice is really between leaving it alone to live out its fate, and doing something to preserve what's left and not worrying too much about originality (given that it isn't 'mint' anymore anyway). Since we are talking about a tennis racquet here and not a one-of-a-kind vintage car or antique firearm, for which collectors are picky about such things, I tend to lean towards the second course of action.

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