We build our paddles to last but here are a few tips to keep your paddle looking good and playing its best.
- When you’re finished playing clean your grip. Wipe it down with a towel or even a part of your shirt.
- Don’t leave your paddle in hot places or on hot surfaces. i.e. in the trunk of your car, on heating appliances or other hot surfaces. Your paddle is made of an epoxy resin and exposure to high heat can have an adverse effect on its long-term durability.
- It’s OK to play with your paddle outdoors but do not leave it exposed to the sun for long periods of time. i.e. don’t leave it sitting on a picnic bench for days at a time, or the backseat of your car if it’s parked outdoors. All our paddles use a UV protective coating on the surface but that does not make our stains immune to the effects of the sun. Prolonged exposure to the sun will eventually fade the colour.
- If you have one of our natural paddles it will darken with time. This is normal and in our opinion enhance the natural beauty of the paddle.
- If you have a tendency to go for low shots and scuff the edge of your trim, use a piece of tape, such as electrical tape, around the outer perimeter to mitigate the effects of scuffs and scrapes.
- Due to the nature of the core of the paddle it is normal for edge trim to pull away slightly from the sides of the paddle. To keep your paddle looking its best you may at some point need to reglue it. If this is the case we can recommend the appropriate adhesives or you are welcome to send it back to us and we will gladly reattach the trim for you.
- Don’t use your paddle to hit anything heavier than a Pickleball. We share courts with some tennis players and occasionally a tennis ball ends up on our side. Yes we reenforce the neck of our paddles BUT they are not designed to hit anything but a Pickleball. Tennis balls, not so much.
- Don’t sit on your paddle. This is one we shouldn’t have to put out there but it does happen. Everybody crowds on the bench in between games, paddles go on the seat and somebody comes along and sits down on it. The way the handle transitions to the paddle face provides a break point at the neck and guess what. Game over for that paddle.
- If playing in the rain wipe the paddle dry before storing.
- To clean the face of the paddle use mild soap and water on a damp cloth. Never use paint thinners, acetone or other harsh chemicals.
- I know I shouldn’t have to say this either but it happens. Don’t throw or smash your paddle. Some days its hard not to, but take a deep breath and don’t.
- If your grip is worn or becomes slippery, replace it or add an over grip. Its easy and inexpensive.
- When you finish a game and tap paddles at the end, never let someone tap your paddle face. Use the edge of the paddle or the handle to tap.
- Your paddle should last you anywhere from a year to 5 depending on how your treat it and how often you play. Eventually core materials fatigue and you loose some of the “pop”. Paddles don’t have strings like a tennis racket so instead of restringing you will need to replace it.
- Be cautious if you are playing outdoors in below freezing temperatures. Cold temperatures will weaken laminate and glue bonds, and make plastic more brittle. All of which can lead to premature paddle failure.
We spent a lot of time making your Brick*House paddle and we hope you take a little time to keep your paddle looking and playing its best.