How to get rid of old grip residue...

norcal

Legend
Bought this racket (2011 Ezone) off the bay, grip was literally flaking apart and when I removed it there is a ton of residue stuck to the pallet which I am finding very difficult to remove (without damaging pallet).
I figured someone here might know an easier way (been using miniscrewdriver, boxcutter and fingernails lol).

 

jim e

Legend
I would Just lightly go over it with something not too abrasive like a fine sandpaper to be sure it is relatively smooth and just cover it up with a good quality grip, and not remove all of that build up.
You can use an adhesive remover like goo gone, but then you would need to go over it with alcohol to make sure surface was not too slippery.
If you did one way, and then the other, you most likely would not know a difference, but if you must remove it all the use the goo gone.
 

am1899

Hall of Fame
Goo gone if it’s on hand. If not, lots of isopropyl alcohol and finger nails. Or better yet, a plastic razor blade or putty knife.
 

esgee48

G.O.A.T.
I have a container of mineral spirits, which I use for road tar and anything sticky. I dampen a paper towel, wipe, wait a few minutes then wipe the goo off with something clean. Does not harm foam or car finish. For leftover plastic film over a pallet, I scrape off as much as I can before applying the spirits.
 

norcal

Legend
Thanks guys! Did not have goo gone but had alcohol and sandpaper so I used that and it worked well to get the worst of it off. Installed Wilson shockshield grip; later will re-string and lead up. Racket is in very good shape for it's age (sitting in a closet I imagine), didn't need grommets or bumper. Pretty good for $60 shipped.

This is another big advantage of stringing yourself - couple months ago I bought a 2012 Ezone Xi for $40 shipped. It looked terrible but the frame itself was good. Put in new bumper, grommets, grip and string (all of which I already had) and now it's good to go for several years (I like the older Ezones and they're getting harder to find).

 

indy_account

New User
I have to remove that residue on my Yonex frames before I put a leather grip on. Rub rubbing alcohol over it and then take a long blade knife and just gently scrape at about a 15-30 degrees angle down each bevel. The glue residue should slide or flake off nicely. Might take a couple passes and rounds of alcohol but it should end being pristine and smooth.
 

graycrait

Legend
I live breath and die my tennis racket addiction through auction site used sticks from the 80's onwards. Probably 200 in the last 6 or 7 years. Goof Off is a must. Plus Goof Off is good at easily removing scuffs and other soils on the racket without removing paint. https://goofoffproducts.com/product/pro-strength-remover-16-oz-e-z-pour/

Not so long ago I was looking at a Made in Austria Trysis 260 Radical OS that had an unbelievably low price on the bay. I thought to myself that racket looks like it had sat in a dirty basement for a long time, maybe with an oil burning furnace. I bought that racket and cleaned it up to 8/10 condition and out of 60 current post 1982 graphite sticks on my wall it sits in the top 5 or 6 of rackets to just go and take on whoever, whenever, whatever their age or skill level.

Addendum: I acquired a really nice but dirty Chicago PS85, cleaned it up with Goof Off, but made the mistake to use it on the butt cap. Whatever dye or ink they used way back then wiped right off with Goof Off. WARNING: always test Goof Off in a tiny inconspicuous way on the object to be cleaned.
 
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am1899

Hall of Fame
Working in a retail shop, unfortunately I see this all the time. Some people don’t ever change the base grip (bad move, for a variety of reasons). Inevitably, a synthetic base grip will rot and literally glue itself to the handle - as happened to OP in this case. IMHO, there’s a special place in hell for people who bring a racquet with a rotted grip to their stringer, and ask for it to be replaced. IME it happens frequently during the USO, when Americans get inspired to get back into tennis and go find old racquets in their basements and closets. Sheesh!
 

norcal

Legend
Working in a retail shop, unfortunately I see this all the time. Some people don’t ever change the base grip (bad move, for a variety of reasons). Inevitably, a synthetic base grip will rot and literally glue itself to the handle - as happened to OP in this case. IMHO, there’s a special place in hell for people who bring a racquet with a rotted grip to their stringer, and ask for it to be replaced. IME it happens frequently during the USO, when Americans get inspired to get back into tennis and go find old racquets in their basements and closets. Sheesh!
Well the previous owner of this racket had a perfectly reasonable solution to the rotting grip - they wrapped the whole thing several times with saran wrap! o_O :-D
 

Steve Huff

G.O.A.T.
I've used Goo Gone with good success too, but after you use it, you'll need to rewash the handle with soap and water. I've even had to wait a couple of days to apply a new grip because it can keep the new grip from adhering properly.
 
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