Looking for Racket Saver Head tape recommendation

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  1. atomarchio

    atomarchio New User

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    Can anyone suggest something besides Wilson Racket Head Saver tape?

    I've been using this for a while but am finding it comes off rather quickly and not as durable as I would like.

    Please let me know. Thanks.
     
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  2. nytennisaddict

    nytennisaddict Legend

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    gorilla duct tape
    replace regularly
    cheap
     
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  3. esgee48

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    Wilson, Gamma, Babolat, Duct Tape, whatever. Just make sure the surface is clean. They stick better when the temps are warmer, so some use a heat gun or hair dryer. You also do not need to cover the entire head guard unless you don't mind the increase in SW. Just add to areas where you scrape the ground and replace frequently.
     
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  4. loosegroove

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    I use this also, but it is a bit heavy so it can change the balance and swingweight. So what I do is apply two thin strips, leaving the middle of the hoop open. The added bonus here is that if the tape is still good when it's time to restring, the tape is not obstructing the grommets. One other downside is if you leave it on you racket and don't touch it for a while, it can be difficult to remove the sticky residue of the adhesive.
     
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  5. nytennisaddict

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    i also just put it on the parts that i actually scrape... ends up being half of what you'd put on if you just put the duct tape all the way across
    i don't bother trying to remove the residue... as i'm just gonna put more take on top anyway
     
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  6. loosegroove

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    Yeah, I'm the same way. But recently I went to sell some old frames I haven't used in a good while. Between the accumulated residue and the Gorilla tape that was left on there, it was a real b!tch trying to get rid of the gunk.
     
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  7. Dan W

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    Head Protective Tape. Bought it for $8.50 on Amazon. Last time I checked, it was down to $3.95. Works just fine. Only odd thing is my Wilson racket says HEAD now, but I couldn't care less.
     
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  8. frank52

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    In the past I have used Gorilla duct tape. I cut two thin strips and put over the head guard. I don't cover the middle area (string holes) so I can restring without removing the tape.
    For tape that doesn't stick very well I put a thin layer of contact cement on the head guard, wait 10-15 minutes then put the tape on.

    I grew tired of head tape looking ugly and quickly wearing through in spots. My latest experiment is spreading onto the head guard a thin layer of G/flex 655 Thickened Epoxy Adhesive (by West System). I had this left over from repairing a kayak and thought I would try it. Stuff works great! It has adhered firmly to the plastic head guard for the past two months. The stuff is quite hard. I can see a scuff mark but no visible wear. Color is mostly transparent. This stuff is a winner for me.
     
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  9. eelhc

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    Don't work so hard...

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  10. loosegroove

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    Yeah, I know that or goo gone would have done the job. But I hate using chemicals since I have a high sensitivity to stuff. And rather than spend time and money running to the store, I just used rubbing alcohol and elbow grease.
     
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  11. frank52

    frank52 Semi-Pro

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    Good to see that some people use head tape.
    I just finished stringing a guy's racket that had several inches of bumper gone, paint gone, and frame material semi gone. And of course the only new grommet set/bumper guard I can find on the internet is over $40. I applied a thin film of epoxy that will give the guy a couple months before he starts destroying the frame again.
     
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  12. IowaGuy

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    @nytennisaddict - Would you be willing to post a photo of what this looks like on your racket?
     
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