The Paintjob... By db10s

db10s

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I had a meh experience the first time due to my laziness... But I'm going at it again.

Let me start off by saying: Do this at your own risk.

Frame being used: Dunlop Hotmelt 200G

Paint being applied: Clear coat

Backstory: I obtained the frame for free due to its condition. It was slated to be thrown away. It was in need of many things... The paint was gross and sticky. The grommets were cracked and there were cob webs in between the broken strings. I took all of the overgrips off and the original grip that came with the racket... The staples holding the buttcap on were completely rusted. But the racket was structurally sound. And I used to play with a HM 200G, so I wanted to save it.

I've started sanding and the throat area is braided graphite... It is epic. It looks like snakeskin... There is a really cool looking area in the throat that looks like some cool material. Some parts are braided more densely than others and there are a few areas where it isn't braided at all.

I will post pictures later, but its time to go back to work.
 
Ok, cool. Post pictures when you can. Pictures will help us visualize what you are doing. So far it sounds cool. The racquet is not made out of snake skin, it is made from a carbon composite. This carbon is weaved to give a pattern that may look like snake skin. Snake skin would not work well in tennis racquets.
 
Ok, cool. Post pictures when you can. Pictures will help us visualize what you are doing. So far it sounds cool. The racquet is not made out of snake skin, it is made from a carbon composite. This carbon is weaved to give a pattern that may look like snake skin. Snake skin would not work well in tennis racquets.
oh, i dunno, I wouldn't put it past Volkl to give it a try

I mean, they still have optispot, so clearly actual functionality of a feature has no importance for them :)
 

db10s

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Ok, cool. Post pictures when you can. Pictures will help us visualize what you are doing. So far it sounds cool. The racquet is not made out of snake skin, it is made from a carbon composite. This carbon is weaved to give a pattern that may look like snake skin. Snake skin would not work well in tennis racquets.
lol, those new Dunlop grommets are inspired by snakeskin.
 

db10s

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I think I know who might have info about the throat/yolk? area. I know Paul? from Angell worked at Dunlop. He is on the forum as racketdesign, since this is an older Dunlop he might have knowledge about this.
 

Racketdesign

Semi-Pro
Nice work with the sanding. Go steady in those corners so you don't break through too many fibres.

The throat is a Kevlar carbon weave. It's a key ingredient for a fine playing racket!
 

db10s

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Nice work with the sanding. Go steady in those corners so you don't break through too many fibres.

The throat is a Kevlar carbon weave. It's a key ingredient for a fine playing racket!
Perfect timing... Thanks, I had a feeling you would know.
 

Hidious

Professional
Nice work with the sanding. Go steady in those corners so you don't break through too many fibres.

The throat is a Kevlar carbon weave. It's a key ingredient for a fine playing racket!
Do your Angell frames contain any Kevlar or similar materials?
 

darklore009

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nice pics of the frame. why cant companies have at least one racket just have clear coating. it's already looks great like that.
 

db10s

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I've made a little bit of progress sanding the corners in the throat, but I need to string rackets... And the upper hoop is still proving to be tough. But I have rackets to string and Top Gear to watch.
 
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db10s

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Since it's impossible to do what you're doing without going into the fibers at least a little bit, I hope you're using a respirator. Seriously.
I'm outside and I have a industrial fan blowing on it, I have some of those surgeon masks...
 

PKfan1

Semi-Pro
any updates?
I am curious to see how you are going to paint it or if you are just going to clear coat it.
Also what would you compare a HM 200g to?
I just picked up an unused one from a used sporting goods store for $20 and am wondering if I should string it up.
 

db10s

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any updates?
I am curious to see how you are going to paint it or if you are just going to clear coat it.
Also what would you compare a HM 200g to?
I just picked up an unused one from a used sporting goods store for $20 and am wondering if I should string it up.
It is like any of the Dunlop 200s....


I've been traveling quite a bit lately... Got home last night...

I think I'll wait until it is done before I do a whole story about it. STILL sanding... I'm playing later, but then I will see if I can post some pics.
 
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