There’s often a DIY question among racket sports fan, how to repaint one’s racket, and more so a badminton racket given it’s more fragile than tennis and squash rackets. In this piece we will look at the various aspects involved with repainting a badminton racket including the reasons to do so, the issues associated with it and obviously how can one do it easily.
First things first and the question is what are the tools needed to repaint a badminton racket. Some of the basic requirement to do that is sandpaper, paint, and a few other things. We will look at that in detail in the sections below.
Why to Repaint a Badminton Racket?
Under normal circumstances, you can buy your badminton racket off the store shelf and it’s good to play. You don’t need to fiddle around with most things, the least of it being its paint.
However, there are causes which could lead to the need to repaint a badminton racket. These are explained below:
Wear & Tear
When your badminton racket starts to show signs of wear and tear, it’s time to repaint it. A fresh coat of paint can make an old racket look new again, and it can also protect the racket from further damage.
As we had mentioned in our article on ways to protect badminton rackets here, one needs to pay attention to chipped paint. It might just be a case of paint coming off for you, but it could be a sign of things to come.
The best response would be to repair your racket by repainting it.
While the racket color should be the least of your concerns if you are looking to get better at badminton, some players have their own preferences with respect how it looks.
The racket model one likes might not come in the range of colors one wants and that could compel the player to repaint his/her racket.
Beginner players (who could look at the factors to consider before buying their badminton racket here) might specially have a color preference other than the racket specifications they might consider too but are still getting a hang of early in their careers.
Repainting a badminton racket is a simple process that can give your old racket a new lease on life. With just a few supplies and some basic knowledge, you can have your racket looking like new in no time!
Below is a video showing a badminton racket getting painted.
Things to Take Care While Repainting a Badminton Racket
There are a few issues you may encounter when repainting your badminton racket. Here’s what one needs to keep in mind for the same.
Old Paint Scraping
The first is that the old paint may not come off easily, especially if it’s been on there for a while. You’ll need to use a strong solvent or stripper to remove the old paint.
Improper Sandpaper Use
The second issue is that the new paint may not adhere well to the racket if the surface isn’t properly prepared. Make sure to sand the racket down before painting it to create a rough surface for the new paint to grip onto.
New Color Issue
You might also have an issue with the color of the new paint. It’s important to test out your desired color on a small section of the racket before painting the whole thing. This way you can see how opaque or transparent the new paint will be and make any necessary adjustments.
While repainting a badminton racket augurs well when the racket’s become old and beginning to look listless, one must look at the warranty before taking that call.
Most badminton rackets’ warranty could get voided if you decided to take matters in your own hand with it, literally speaking, which includes repainting the racket.
Weakening to Racket Resin
The other point to remember is the paint that is being used shouldn’t contain any kind of ingredients including solvents which weaken the racket resin.
Change of Racket Weight
Applying an extra few layers of paint could also change the badminton racket weight. In most cases it could add 5-10% weight to the racket, so you might want to take that into consideration before repainting your badminton racket on your own.
Step by Step Process to Repaint Your Badminton Racket
If your badminton racket is looking a little worse for wear or there are other compelling reasons for you to want to repaint it, you can give it new life with a fresh coat of paint.
This project is relatively simple and doesn’t require many materials. Just make sure to take your time and work in a well-ventilated area to ensure the best results.
There are a few things to keep in mind when repainting a badminton racket. First, you’ll need to remove all the old paint from the racket. This can be done with a paint stripper or sandpaper.
Next, you’ll need to apply a primer to the racket before painting it. This will help the new paint adhere better to the racket. Finally, you’ll need to choose a paint that is specifically designed for use on badminton rackets.
Water-based acrylic paints are a good option.
Below we explain the process in greater depth.
1. Collect the Badminton Racket Repainting Kit
Here’s what you’ll need to repaint the badminton racket.
- Clear Coat Sealer
- Sanding Block
2. Rough up the Surface
First, use sandpaper to rough up the surface of your badminton racket. This will help the primer and paint to adhere better. Once you’ve sanded the entire racket, wipe it down with a damp cloth to remove any dust.
3. Apply the Primer
Next, apply a layer of primer to the racket. Again, make sure to work in a well-ventilated area.
4. Racket Painting
Once the primer is dry, you can start painting your racket. Use whatever color you like; just make sure it’s something that will show up well on the court. We recommend a bright color so your opponents won’t be able to miss you!
5. Clear Coat Sealer Application
After the paint is dry, apply a few coats of clear coat sealer to protect it from wear and tear on the court. Allow the sealer to dry completely before using your newly painted badminton racket in competition.
Final Words on Repainting a Badminton Racket
While repainting a badminton racket sounds like a lot of work for a beginner, it can be made easy and optimized using the materials mentioned above to go with the step by step guide how to do it.
Be sure to also look at the issues associated with repainting the racket and circumvent them in ways mentioned above.