Stencil ink

123peter123

New User
Does this have any negative effects on the racket?
I think the head one will look cool on my racket. Just wanna know if any downsides.
Thanks
 

DeeeFoo

Rookie
Seeing as how all the top pros have stencil ink on their strings, I wanna say no. Some of the color might rub off on the balls though.
 

esgee48

Legend
The application of ink to plastic is messy. And it takes a fairly long time to dry. And the ink will not stay on the strings for long. It will color the balls. Thick coatings will also increase the string-string COF to the point that the mains will not slide or move until you break the mess at the string intersections. IMO, they are not worth the effort of putting on. Also notice that photos of pros' gear show faded stencils many times. 3¢
 

Strawbewwy

Rookie
what's the general "dry" time for stencil inking?

I've tried various amount of time from 1 hour to 1 day to 1 week to 2 weeks, i feel like they all rub off easily as if it wasn't dried; waiting for more than 2 weeks i feel like the string is no longer "fresh" so i feel like that's pointless

The pro's do fade away but it appears to be much slower rate than my personal experience....? and i can only imagine their racquets are literally fresh off the machines or at least within a very reasonable amount of time
 
what's the general "dry" time for stencil inking?

I've tried various amount of time from 1 hour to 1 day to 1 week to 2 weeks, i feel like they all rub off easily as if it wasn't dried; waiting for more than 2 weeks i feel like the string is no longer "fresh" so i feel like that's pointless

The pro's do fade away but it appears to be much slower rate than my personal experience....? and i can only imagine their racquets are literally fresh off the machines or at least within a very reasonable amount of time
What ink are you using that takes so long to dry?
 

Strawbewwy

Rookie
Tourna blue, it's very old by now (probably bought ~ 5 6 years ago

it "dries" to the touch within hours for sure, but even if i wait for a week or 2 before i hit, the second i hit the first ball i'll see the entire surface area of contact "printed" on the ball -_-
 

PBODY99

Legend
Poly is slippery so the ink literally slides of every time you contact the ball.
If the material does allow some absorbion, then the in is not going to endure many hits.
 
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