Lead adhesion to Blade V7

SavvyStringer

Professional
Anyone experienced any difficulties getting lead to adhere to the new Blade V7s with the full rubberized paint? I have a collegiate player that I am customizing and matching rackets for who needs a lot of weight to get them where he wants them and it keeps peeling off. I've used rubbing alcohol to clean the frames but I think due to both the amount and the paint it keeps peeling off. I've been suggested lighter fluid to clean the frames but I'm wondering if anyone has had success with anything else long term.
 

haegger

Semi-Pro
Anyone experienced any difficulties getting lead to adhere to the new Blade V7s with the full rubberized paint? I have a collegiate player that I am customizing and matching rackets for who needs a lot of weight to get them where he wants them and it keeps peeling off. I've used rubbing alcohol to clean the frames but I think due to both the amount and the paint it keeps peeling off. I've been suggested lighter fluid to clean the frames but I'm wondering if anyone has had success with anything else long term.
Use an electrical tape underneath the lead tape.

Problem solved.(y)(y)
 

Anton

Legend
Anyone experienced any difficulties getting lead to adhere to the new Blade V7s with the full rubberized paint? I have a collegiate player that I am customizing and matching rackets for who needs a lot of weight to get them where he wants them and it keeps peeling off. I've used rubbing alcohol to clean the frames but I think due to both the amount and the paint it keeps peeling off. I've been suggested lighter fluid to clean the frames but I'm wondering if anyone has had success with anything else long term.
I've noted that TW brand lead tape sticks better than some others. I have some on my RF97 black and it stayed on fine.
 

RFfan88

New User
I've had this happen to me too as well as I just bought my new blades last week. The racket is definitely slippery in the beginning give it a good clean and dry it and eventually it will stick on!
 

Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
I’ve not had any issues with the tape sticking but I matched 2 old tecnifibre frames recently. I took the bumper guards off and heated the tie off grommets with a heat gun (with an awl in the grommet) to shrink the grommets back down. If that didn’t work I was going to trim the grommets and use eyelets on the inside of the frame. With late model racket you could also just get new grommets.

Anyway I used the lead under the tips of the bumper to cover up the lead. That way it is on the outside of the frame instead of the inside where it would rest at 3 and 9. The distance from the centerline at 10 & 2 outside is about the same as the inside the frame at 3 & 9 so the TW is the same but SW is a little higher with the same amount of weight. That gives you more plow with the same weight which may result in a greater RHS.

After matching the TW I added lead at 12 to get the SW I wanted then replaced the head guard with no issues and strung the rackets. Now to finish (with TW and SW) matched) I’ll find out what will happen when I add the grips and overwraps mathematically and match up the balance, weight, and MgR/I to what I want. After I’m all done I’ll do a final check and if there are any issues I can add exposed lead until the next time I string the racket and change my overwrap. I’m making some videos of the process and I put them on YouTube. But the videos take a lot of time and right now I’m busy.

EDIT: Personally I think TW is way over rated. Even if you add 10 g of lead to 3 & 9 you only add about 1.5 Kgcm2 to TW. I agree you will notice a difference but not because of the TW. At the same time you add about 18 Kgcm2 to SW. you will lose more on your serve than you will ever gain on stability. And with a 10 g gob of unsupported lead stuck to the side of the racket it is more prone to falling off.
 
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