Is this a paint chip or crack?

esgee48

G.O.A.T.
That is one big dent! Must have been a big collision between 2 racquets. Most of it looks to be paint. Unfortunately, the lower right hand side seems to show a fissure. That may be the beginning of a crack or is a crack. Look at it under strong lights using a magnifying glass. If you see X shaped patterns, you definitely have a crack. You may be able to effect a repair before applying your nail polish. See this thread for how to do it.
 

Davis

New User
That is one big dent! Must have been a big collision between 2 racquets. Most of it looks to be paint. Unfortunately, the lower right hand side seems to show a fissure. That may be the beginning of a crack or is a crack. Look at it under strong lights using a magnifying glass. If you see X shaped patterns, you definitely have a crack. You may be able to effect a repair before applying your nail polish. See this thread for how to do it.
That is one big dent! Must have been a big collision between 2 racquets. Most of it looks to be paint. Unfortunately, the lower right hand side seems to show a fissure. That may be the beginning of a crack or is a crack. Look at it under strong lights using a magnifying glass. If you see X shaped patterns, you definitely have a crack. You may be able to effect a repair before applying your nail polish. See this thread for how to do it.
i dont see any x shapped pattern
 

esgee48

G.O.A.T.
Then you can go ahead and repaint with the appropriate colored nail polish. Or hobby paint if you can find one.
 

Davis

New User
Is it a paint crack or frame crack?
How do i know if it is crack?
Does it affect when i play ( the feel,vibration)
 

Booger

Hall of Fame
Definitely a little structural damage there. I bet you'd see fractures in the top layers of material if you took an x-ray, but I've seen people play with similarly damaged frames plenty of times.

If you are a casual player and string your own sticks for cheap, play with it until it feels bad.

If you pay someone else $40 at a time for strings and/or play 4.5+, I'd ditch it.
 

JackSockIsTheBest

Professional
Looks like a tiny crack to me & lots of paint damage, had the same kind of incident with my aero a few months ago & mine was thankfully just a little bit of paint chipped off
 

Davis

New User
Your aero also had a tiny crack?
So do you think this is still fine?
I think its still playable until it feels bad
Im considering to nail polish my Aero as well
 

esgee48

G.O.A.T.
To me, it looked like a thin crack. In the 1st picture, you can see it going all the way up to the grommet strip.
Yes, there is the fissure that I barely saw from the original image. It is cracked from this angle. Time to use the super glue/baking soda tip followed by nail polish or paint.
 

Davis

New User
Yesterday i tried to play with my raquet it just feel the same no difference at all
Im playing good tennis and win the match
Im so confused atm is is just a paint or frame
Because its just so small like i cant even see the fissure at all without magnifying glass
 

superjon027

New User
I have a similar crack/paint chip in a Vcore95. To be safe, I've been filling in the section with Superglue and a little baking soda (as referenced in a link above). I actually sand mine down so it's mostly flat. The "crack" hasn't spread so its been effective.

Every once in awhile, it'll chip off a bit (not sure from framing the ball or regular play) and I'll just repeat the process. It's better than junking a $239 racquet.

I haven't noticed any difference in playability from my 2nd Vcore95 and I have restrung it at least 10x.

Hope this helps.
 
You can have a small crack and it can still play the same. I've strung rackets where the bumperguard was worn through AND the graphite was worn through so that it was basically a 1/4" wide crack, 2" long. I could see it bend when I pulled tension, but it held, and the guy still played with it. So, play with it until you notice it playing differently.
 
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