ProKennex Type C Redondo - Just Sticky/Tacky, Is That Normal?

tomn

New User
i recently got a great deal on a pair of pk type c redondo mids and i notice that the paint is very sticky or tacky on this new pair and. is this normal?

do other pk type c redondo users notice this about their rackets?

also, does anyone know of a way to clean or get rid of the stickiness or tackiness? thanks for any advice...
 

tomn

New User
rubbery and sticky

yep...it does have a rubbery feel to the frame, but if you ever had old rubber and maybe it's been in the sun or something and then it feels a little sticky/tacky...not sure if that makes sense. just wanted to know if this was normal and if there was a way to clean it. the rackets are very nice, so i don't think they were sitting in the heat or abused by any means, just wanted to see what other pk redondo users have experienced...thanks.
 

shanker

Rookie
That's the way mine is...
It's all part of the Redondo experience. You will grow to love it. I think the company just wanted to add a point of difference with the paint.

Greg
 

Chase

Rookie
yes mine was like that at first. but it loses the stickiness after awhile. kinda like how it's matte compared to all the glossy sticks these days. it makes the paintjob that much less enduring though...
 

anirut

Legend
I'd think that stickiness contributes to the ball-cupping property of the racket ...

Enjoy the stick!
 

yonexRx32

Semi-Pro
While the original paint job had a rubbery feel to it, after six years, it turned into a sticky gooey affair. Not pleasant to touch. I've read that some have used rubbing alcohol to remove the sticky mess. I haven't tried that yet, but other paint remover solutions failed to do the job.
 

monomer

Rookie
Yes, most are sticky. I have used lacquer thinner to remove it. You have to be careful to not go through the color layer if you do this.
 

yonexRx32

Semi-Pro
Yes, most are sticky. I have used lacquer thinner to remove it. You have to be careful to not go through the color layer if you do this.
I'll try that. I don't really care about the paint as long as the sticky gooey thing goes away...
 

mawashi

Hall of Fame
In a hot humid place like South East Asia, it not just gooey, it feels like melted bubble gum... What was PK thinking when they decided to rubberize the coating.
 

max

Legend
It's nutty. I hate the stuff and think it's a mistake that needed remedy.

In fact, I was thinking about posting a review of the Redondo, and starting by saying, "there are TWO big negatives with the frame: first, the Pro Kennex name, which doesn't resonate much or inspire, and second, the weird rubbery paint job on the frame. Why they did this is a mystery."

The only other frame I think that had something like this was Dunlop some time back. It's an annoyance, and it's made me realize I sometimes slide my left hand along the frame during shot preparation and not so good to have the friction.
 

max

Legend
Yes, most are sticky. I have used lacquer thinner to remove it. You have to be careful to not go through the color layer if you do this.
I guess I'm curious about doing this; I have a lot of experience working on things, etc.

How much leeway is there? How easy is it to affect the color and take off paint once the goo is off?

Did you spray PU after you did this?
 

yonexRx32

Semi-Pro
I just bought a quart of lacquer thinner and tried it. Didn't do much. It softens the layer and you can scrape it with your nail, but the thinner won't remove it. After 10 mins of rubbing the throat of the racket, it still is a sticky, though a little less.
 

monomer

Rookie
I just bought a quart of lacquer thinner and tried it. Didn't do much. It softens the layer and you can scrape it with your nail, but the thinner won't remove it. After 10 mins of rubbing the throat of the racket, it still is a sticky, though a little less.
Are you sure you bought lacquer thinner and not paint thinner (mineral spirits)? The lacquer thinner takes the sticky stuff off mine easily. I just tested it again where some was left around the grommets inside the hoop. The lacquer thinner removes it in about 5-seconds with a rag and a little pressure.

I guess it's also possible that your Redondo has a different coating than mine.
 

anirut

Legend
I dont remember when the stickiness got away, but remember using car-coating cream to make it shiny. It did shone, but don't remember if the stickiness got away after that. You can give it a shot. Won't hurt.
 

mctennis

Hall of Fame
I had two of these racquets and they were horribly tacky. I have no idea why they were like that. Weird to say the least. I've never had racquets that tacky before.
 

Tennissee

Rookie
Decided to do a comparison of the new Q+Tour and QTour 325 with my old Redondo 98 and Heritage Type C 98. Had forgotten all about the gooey residue problem. Going to try lacquer thinner or something. Any new science or experience that works?
 

Tennissee

Rookie
Okay, rubbing alcohol checks out. Wrapping some paper towel around the sticky area and letting it sit for a few minutes did the trick. The gooey stuff wipes right off without much resistance. Thanks, everyone.
 

Harrybollz

New User
Decided to do a comparison of the new Q+Tour and QTour 325 with my old Redondo 98 and Heritage Type C 98. Had forgotten all about the gooey residue problem. Going to try lacquer thinner or something. Any new science or experience that works?
Since this topic is up i would like to know if pk paint job is bad, i have the Q+ Tour Pro 325 2019 version for 2 weeks. Is the paint job bad? The glossy side seems to be bubbling as in coming off or cracking. The matte side looks great. Happened to anyone?
 

Tennissee

Rookie
I only ever had problem with Redondo. I'm not sure if it's bad paint job or more of their going for a rubbery/velvety feel of a finish. Didn't have problem with the silver version of the Heritage Type C, which is basically Redondo.
 

Kemitak

Professional
I just scrubbed mine with hot soapy water. (Dish soap). It worked really well. Didn't damage the paint, and now it's nice and smooth.
 
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