Questions about replacing grip pallets

Gee

Hall of Fame
I would like to replace the original grip pallets of my Head Prestige with TK82S pallets.

I searched through this about this topic but I couldn't find a real good step-by step instruction manual. As far I learned the following (but correct me if I 'm wriong or you know better/easier options):
  1. Take off the butt cap by pulling out the nails with a small screw driver
  2. Put the handle into a bucket with hot boiling water about 10 minutes so that it 'll loosen easily. Eventually you can place a waterproof plastic bag around the handle .
  3. Measure the length of the old pallets and shorten the new ones to the same length
  4. Place the new pallets around the handle by pressing them firm together or you might wrap your basic grip very tightly so that the pallets would glue to the handle. (You don't need to glue the handle first. The glue residue should be sufficient).
I still have a question about point 3): How do you cut the new pallets to the standard length? What tool should you use best?

Might someone explain how to change Head grip pallets? A step-by-step manual with pictures would be great. Thanks in advance.
 
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jim e

Legend
I basically just heated up the pallets on the racquet with a hair dryer, then gently pried them apart with a knife till they came apart. It has double sticky adhesive strips inside holding them in place, and I just reused them and placed them in the replacement pallets and pushed them together. The new head pallets that I used had to be cut, and all I did was use the miter box saw, and it cut through it fine. I just used the old pallets as a guide as to the proper length so it was the same as the old ones were.It really did not take too long.
 

el sergento

Hall of Fame
I used a heat gun instead of the boiling water technique. Depending on the pallets, they can be quite hard to remove and are also quite brittle.

I suggest you start removing from the bottom, as it's the thicker part and will reduce the chance of the pallet breaking or warping.

You seem to have it mostly figured out, just be prepared to use alot of heat and to be extra careful, especially if you ever plan on reusing the original pallets. I suggest keeping the original pallets around if you ever want to sell the racquet but keep the harder to find TK85S pallet.

Also, I used a dremmel tool to cut the pallet to the desired length. Cut through it like butter.
 

Gee

Hall of Fame
Thanks Jim and El Sergento,

Do you mean a miter box with saw like this one? That seems a handy and affordable tool to me.

 

ace0001a

Semi-Pro
I always use the boiling water technique as it always works like a charm for me. Get a big enough pot that can fit a handle, fill it with hot water (to speed the process up), get it to the point of boiling, turn down the heat a little, dip the handle in, hold it there for a minute or more, get a butter knife and ease into the bottom and slowly push it up to separate the pallet. Sometimes it takes a few dips into the water to get it off clean. If I warp the original pallets, I just drop them back into the water quick, take them out and reshape them back so that I can resell them. I've done probably around 20 racquets this way and it was always easy even with old brittle pallets.
 

jim e

Legend
Thanks Jim and El Sergento,

Do you mean a miter box with saw like this one? That seems a handy and affordable tool to me.

Yes, thats what I used. You can even just use the saw only like that, as they have fine teeth so not to marr up the material.Even a fine hack saw blade should do the trick.The pallet is easy to cut through.
 

rudester

Professional
Box cutters work fine too, on some pallets, some of them are made of a plastic like material, in this case the mitre would work better.
 
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