I remember their was a thread on this a while back about the paint on the RDS chipping off. Alot of people agreed that this was happening, i experienced it with a demo my local store had. It was rather beat up, and looked pretty old, i took it out for a little over a week, and alot of times when framing the ball paint would chip off it. I didnt even realize for a couple days until it got really bad...the paint looked flimsy and i saw only a thin layer. But after buying my RDS a month ago i havent seen a chip since, not even a sign of wear on the PJ and ive framed way more balls then the demo. I think maybe yonex was receiving lots of complaints and fixed the problem? Also even though my racquet hasnt chipped the paint feels like it is a thicker layer. Oh and i had to wait on the RDS in my grip size to ship, so when it arrived at the shop it was fresh from the package.