Repainting an HPS 6.5

Mad iX

Semi-Pro
Here's our subject, a well-used HPS6.5 with a fair bit of cosmetic damage but structurally perfect. No cracks whatsoever. Grommets were destroyed so I removed them.



Weighing it up. Note this weight is sans grommets.


About halfway through sanding. Very tedious task by hand. Started with 120 grit and moved up to 800.


After base coat ... about 2 layers.


Looks like there's a 4 image limit per post so I'll continue ...
 

Mad iX

Semi-Pro

Painting is complete after another 2 layers of "satin" clear coat.


Here is the current weight, which includes new grommets and bumper guard.


Now ... what color decals should I use?
 

s.sharm01

Rookie
but its a cool. idea. i actually have 2 months b4 school starts and want to do something like this with my dunlop 200g xl. Just for the fun of it. But the racquet looks great. Keep us updated. and let us know if there is any difference in play. the weight increased, but that includes the gourmets and even if its the paint, i actually want the racquet to be a little heavier so i won't mind the increase in weight.

BUt great stuff. thankx for sharing
 

alizad89

New User
Shouldn't you put ur decals on b4 the clear coat goes on?

Btw did you print those out on your computer? If so where did you find the graphics and what paper did u use?
 

Mad iX

Semi-Pro
Grommets are 20g all up so the weight actually hasn't changed. I was hoping that it would go up a bit. With string and grip it'll still be a lot lighter than I'm used to so a lot of lead tape will have to go on.
Initial sanding took a long time, about an hour. After that, just light sandings about 5 minutes between each coat.
Decals are cut by a machine controlled by a computer. Same material and method that you see on shop windows. I have access to one at work, but I'm sure you could go to any place that does this and have them cut something similar. People have this done all the time on their cars.
 

s.sharm01

Rookie
how to keep the weight the same ... sounds amazing. well thats great. Yea again let us know how it plays.

also what kind of paint did you use. I think that black looks fantastic.
 
wow!

I tried something like this... I painted my PS 6.1 Classic GOLD... it didn't come out well... All I wanted was A GOLDEN RACQUET to intimidate my opponents... I used a graffiti spray paint can...

Keep us posted on how it turns out.
 
Btw...

I own 5 HPS 5.0's... your 6.5 looks exactly like the 5.0's I have... I wasn't aware they made 6.5's with lighter weight and more flex rating with same paintjob...
 

Mad iX

Semi-Pro
The paint was from a hardware store. Just a general self-priming spray paint. The satin coat was from an art/hobby store meant for protecting stuff like paintings. This was much more fiddly and I had to apply in lighter coats and lots of fine sanding in between.
I've spray painted a lot of things before so this isn't my first time. It's easy as long as you're careful and prep the surface properly and spray light, uniform coats. Gold paint would be even more fiddly so you'd have to prep and prime first.

Here's what I use to cut the decals. The "Roland" machine which actually does the cutting, and you can see the rolls of vinyl on the bottom right of the pic.


Screenshot of how it looks like on the computer which controls the cutting machine.
 
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ProStaff Legend

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dang, i wont be able to do that cuz i dont hav that kinda equipment =/
i was hoping u bought them so i could get some too
 

s.sharm01

Rookie
dang, i wont be able to do that cuz i dont hav that kinda equipment =/
i was hoping u bought them so i could get some too
Actually there are places online where you can get decals printed to your preference. Tell then what you want and the dimensions for it. and they print it for you. Me and my brother were sitting reading this post last night. He does this kinda stuff to his computer and mouse... and he was telling me that decals can be made and bought online. But you need some kinda liquid to put it on, but its can be found at art stores. I will find out the website and some details on how to put decals on.

And thanks for getting back on the type of paints you used.
 
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ProStaff Legend

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Actually there are places online where you can get decals printed to your preference. Tell then what you want and the dimensions for it. and they print it for you. Me and my brother were sitting reading this post last night. He does this kinda stuff to his computer and mouse... and he was telling me that decals can be made and bought online. But you need some kinda liquid to put it on, but its can be found at art stores. I will find out the website and some details on how to put decals on.

And thanks for getting back on the type of paints you used.
thanks ssharm!
 

Mad iX

Semi-Pro
Yeah just google for "custom decals". There are plenty, or like I mentioned earlier, there should be a local place that does them since shops and cars always get them done.
You don't need need the liquid for rackets. It's just to stop the decal from sticking while you reposition it and squeegee out bubbles, which is a must for huge decals but not on small ones like I'm using.
 

alizad89

New User
Dang, that's such a clean look, nice; I might be doing the same with my old lm prestige; except I'll go down to my local sign place and get my tennis slogans stickerized!

Nice job!
 

Milano

Rookie
What brand paint did you use? Somehow everytime I paint something with spray paint, it turns out with a sticky coat...however that looks very clean and professional with a glossy coat...
 

Adam

Rookie
Did you get the grommets/bumper guard from TW? I was gonna do this with a Slazenger racquet I've got but TW dont supply any Slazenger parts
 

s.sharm01

Rookie
yep alright so just like mad ix couldn't find one that specifically does tennis decals. but u can find like a million places that do custom decals. i just googled custom decals, and found an endless list of websites to visit.

And i don't know where you live ProStaff Legend, but u might just be able to check the loval yellow pages and i'm sure you'll find something.

gluck.
 

Mad iX

Semi-Pro
What brand paint did you use? Somehow everytime I paint something with spray paint, it turns out with a sticky coat...however that looks very clean and professional with a glossy coat...
Most cheap spray cans will do. Sounds like you're applying too much at a time. The key is lots of very light coats. Follow the directions and let the paint cure.


Did you get the grommets/bumper guard from TW? I was gonna do this with a Slazenger racquet I've got but TW dont supply any Slazenger parts
Yeah, but TW don't have the grommet sets for my Yonex SRD Tour 90. I asked my local pro shop and they were able to order them in. Cost a fair bit more but what can ya do.
 

alizad89

New User
yeah I just experimented with my broken iradical yesterday and I finished the final finishing coat today, and I will tell you get all your painting, priming stuff from your local autozone and make sure its acrylic paint those will give you a good shine and finish, and are cheaper than at home depot!
 

thefederman

Rookie
haha after looking at this i have been inspired. i have the 6.5 as well and i've always wanted to paint it i just can't decide what colour
 

alizad89

New User
haha after looking at this i have been inspired. i have the 6.5 as well and i've always wanted to paint it i just can't decide what colour
go with a creamy white, then use a black wilson sticker; I"m painting my demo rdx's; one white and one black with contrasting stickers...
 
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