Painted Racquets

jman

Semi-Pro
Hey guys,

So my favorite racquet passed its expiry date, and I have replaced it the exact same model brand new. However, the racquet is not playing or feeling like my old racquet. I thought I may need to hit with the new racquet a little more to 'break it in'. I have and it's still no where near feeling like my old racquet. Then it hit me, I painted my old racquet. I did the whole she-bang. Sanded, primer followed by car paint, then a clear lacquer. Would the process of painting change the properties of the racquet significantly. and would it be by much? I'm just wondering if its worth to go through the trouble again to get the racquet to play similar like my old fav. please help.
 

Lukhas

Legend
I'd rather think that your new racquet has a different weight and/or balance. I suggest you at least measure the weight of both racquets and the balance point before making too many assumptions. BTW, what is the model of your racquet?
 

trilix

Rookie
I'd rather think that your new racquet has a different weight and/or balance. I suggest you at least measure the weight of both racquets and the balance point before making too many assumptions. BTW, what is the model of your racquet?

Yeah +1. Start with that, before doing the whole she-bang again ;)
 

jman

Semi-Pro
I'd rather think that your new racquet has a different weight and/or balance. I suggest you at least measure the weight of both racquets and the balance point before making too many assumptions. BTW, what is the model of your racquet?

Wilson ProStaff Tour 95
 

HRB

Hall of Fame
This winter I got so sick of looking at my HPS 6.1 95 looking like crap with all the paint scratches and chips, so I decided to strip it down and custom paint it.

End result was it looked awesome (Flat Black) BUT in the course of applying primer and the coats of paint I unfortunately brought that beast up to a 13.2 oz static weight with my set up (1 over grip and rubber band dampener)!

So now one of my favorite sticks has become a "first set stick" since if I'm slightly fatigued I got drop down a less hefty option.

So yes....painting can change the whole shebang!
 

Lukhas

Legend
Wilson ProStaff Tour 95
Well I asked the forums once about Wilson's Quality Control...
http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=460489

Anyway, almost every racquet comes slightly off specs by a more or less large margin depending on how strict the QC is (strictest are likely Yonex and Pacific) so it isn't surprising it doesn't feel totally the same. And the fact your racquet is brand new and fresh may also be a factor if the old one was really worn out.
 
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