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    Default Can I use a permanent marker as stencil ink?

    I'm starting to get a little bored of my sky blue BG80 strings. So I decided to make my own stencil for my spare racket. If it turns out well i'll put it on my main racket. But since it's just an experiment, I don't want to buy a full container of stencil ink. So I was wondering if I could use any kind of permanent marker as stencil ink without damaging the strings. I've seen someone using a sharpie and i've noticed that the ink rubs off on the cork much easier than stencil ink. I don't really care about the ink rubbing off on the cork but I just want to know if permanent markers will damage my strings.

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    My kids love doing this to their racquets after dad showed them it can be done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheung View Post
    My kids love doing this to their racquets after dad showed them it can be done.
    I love this reply
    Maybe i'll start off with a smiley face........what do your kids draw on their rackets?

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    Short answer: No.

    Long answer: Certain markers have chemicals that can damage the string and it is not recommended to use them. Stencil ink is cheap and should be used instead. It also lasts longer.

    The USRSA also claims that Pilot Super Color Marker works alright and doesn't damage the string.

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    I heard that acetone based markers will damage the strings.
    I wonder what water or alcohol based markers will do to the strings....

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    Same damage......they are both solvents!!

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    I've done it myself

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    In fact I also did the frame black as well, which I don't really recommend.

    The red stencil lasts about as long as a normal stencil ink job would, and at the end of the day I didn't notice any string damage or difference in feel.


    Edit- I did the YY logo without a stencil. Only tracing over very faint lines from the remains of the last stencil, hence why the job is a bit off.

    Edit 2- Shoes however, I highly recommend...

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    It just occurred to me that hitting an object like a shuttlecock will also damage the strings

    My kids strings still lasted for a more than a few months so I am not too fussed. In fact, I don't use a marker on my strings and I have to change my strings more frequently than their racquets. They play twice a week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheung View Post
    It just occurred to me that hitting an object like a shuttlecock will also damage the strings

    My kids strings still lasted for a more than a few months so I am not too fussed. In fact, I don't use a marker on my strings and I have to change my strings more frequently than their racquets. They play twice a week.
    I usually advise people not to hit anything with their strings, as it may damage them. Framing is the way to go imo.

    Seriously though, I suspect most markers would work, but there might be some types that destroy the string or at least make them feel dead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yan.v View Post
    I usually advise people not to hit anything with their strings, as it may damage them. Framing is the way to go imo.

    Seriously though, I suspect most markers would work, but there might be some types that destroy the string or at least make them feel dead.
    You don't know how fun it is to hit a ping pong ball with a badminton racket I used to play with a ping pong ball across the whole gym. (With cheap recreational rackets though)

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    Quote Originally Posted by racketman123 View Post
    I've done it myself

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    In fact I also did the frame black as well, which I don't really recommend.

    The red stencil lasts about as long as a normal stencil ink job would, and at the end of the day I didn't notice any string damage or difference in feel.


    Edit- I did the YY logo without a stencil. Only tracing over very faint lines from the remains of the last stencil, hence why the job is a bit off.

    Edit 2- Shoes however, I highly recommend...

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    These were once SHB-02s
    Wow, I'd love to see what your car looks like?

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    Quote Originally Posted by R20190 View Post
    Wow, I'd love to see what your car looks like?
    Well ... since you asked :

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    I wish ....

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    ^^^ That's a lot of permanent markers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by R20190 View Post
    ^^^ That's a lot of permanent markers!
    Haha tell me about it.
    Let's get back on topic

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    Permanent marker can do so. But not recommended. As it's not as last longer as stencil ink.

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