Hey , I have an interesting way of ensuring that your new racket will never chip or leave paint. This can also prevent possible damage to rackets due to collisions. Believe me you do it once, you will really thank me.
Whether you have a new racket or an old one, use Araldite standard epoxy all over the frame or at top part where the possibilities of loosing paint are more. Spread it carefully ensuring the epoxy does not get into the grommet holes. Leave it for 14 hours, what it will do is create a transparent film over the existing paint and once it is set, it will never get off. Also this will not add more than 1 gm weight which is negligible.
I did it on my new racket and wallah , not a single scratch during the last 4 months. I found this the best way to take care of the racket and thought of sharing will all of you.
i'm still trying to find a racket that plays like the nanoray800, but at around 70-80USD :P so if i clash and break a racket, it's not going to put a hole in my wallet to replace
Get a stiff racket. Whenever i crashed my racket with my double partner, my partner will feel the pain (of fear of getting new racket) but mine wont feel a thing. Stiff racket works for me to getting good control and power.
Rackets sometimes clash, that's life. Paint chips are nothing to think about even for a second! The racket is a tool, no matter what it looks like... I would play a pink-green-gold racket with 100 paint-chips if it suited my style of play...
as a semi-collector, as in i just happens to keep all the rackets i've used throughout the decades and buy what looks good like the arc10 peter gade ltd, i am still swaying between having paint chips and not having paint chips. i think having paint chips would give it a realistic look. afterall, it shows that the racket has actually been used at least once. at the same time, i wish all my rackets are in perfectly good condition so that when i look at it, i won't feel bad because it has a chip. my most recent chip was during warm up with the flashboost....which was expected because the racket is so light that my timing was just way off. after the first chip, i was fine, didn't care about all other ones.
one thing tho, no matter how expensive a racket is, if it's a very good racket for me to play, i wouldn't care about clashing and chips, because i know if it breaks, i'll always be willing to buy a new one to replace it while it's still in production.