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    Default 8DX on it's last legs?

    Hi guys, playing with my 8DX and notice that what I thought was just superficial damage seems to be spreading.

    Any thoughts?

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    anyone got any input?

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    IMO, yes, it is gonna break soon, time to retire this racket
    that crack looks scary..

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    it looked only paint deep until the bottom appeared this morning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbswansea View Post
    Hi guys, playing with my 8DX and notice that what I thought was just superficial damage seems to be spreading.

    Any thoughts?

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    This one's a gonner - always suspicious when the crack crosses a grommet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark A View Post
    This one's a gonner - always suspicious when the crack crosses a grommet.
    In what way?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbswansea View Post
    In what way?
    String holes are weakpoints, shared ones especially. If a crack makes its way to one, that's usually it as far as subsequent string jobs, and only a matter of time before it fails during play.

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    it doesn't go to the grommits though, it sort of arcs around. I thought it was from a clash and was only just slightly deeper than the paint. No big deal though as I've been playing with it's replacement for a few weeks now, the JJS was a natural progression from the 8DX.

    RIP 8DX, you have been very good to me.

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    So I was bored and stripped some of the paint off to have a closer look. It's a chip rather than a crack so any further thoughts?

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    maybe the lighting is deceiving my eyes. but i see a big crater and two cracks that grows up and down.

    if i were u, i will just keep playing with it, the strings are intact anyway.

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    Funnily enough, the guy who strung it said it was him that damaged it.

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    Yeah, there's quite a bit of section loss there so I wouldn't count on it being ok for another string job. However the 8DX is a tough cookie, and I have seen worse that are still perfectly fine to play with.

    Although you may not "see" a crack, there may be a very fine one that's just not visible to the naked eye.

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    Some super glue, maybe ZM62 at 23lb and just keep it as a back up until it kills someone on court.

    Quote Originally Posted by R20190 View Post
    Yeah, there's quite a bit of section loss there so I wouldn't count on it being ok for another string job. However the 8DX is a tough cookie, and I have seen worse that are still perfectly fine to play with.

    Although you may not "see" a crack, there may be a very fine one that's just not visible to the naked eye.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbswansea View Post
    Some super glue, maybe ZM62 at 23lb and just keep it as a back up until it kills someone on court.
    Well, if you're going to try and strengthen it, superglue is not going to do much. Use epoxy resin instead, not easy and its a messy job, but its the best way to strengthen it.

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    There is another technique in that you use superglue with carbon powder... not tried myself, but heard it's good for mending things like this.

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    That does sound messy

    Quote Originally Posted by R20190 View Post
    There is another technique in that you use superglue with carbon powder... not tried myself, but heard it's good for mending things like this.

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    I took your advice and tried epoxy resin and graphite powder to create a filler. It's filled the chip and dried rock hard.

    Quote Originally Posted by R20190 View Post
    There is another technique in that you use superglue with carbon powder... not tried myself, but heard it's good for mending things like this.

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