The Simple Guide To Yoyo Pad Maintenance

The Simple Guide To Yoyo Pad Maintenance

Introduction: Replacing your yoyo pads as needed helps maintain your yoyo’s performance and prolong its lifespan. We at feel that 6 months is about when a regularly used set of pads starts to need replacing, but this timeline really depends on how often and with what intensity a yoyo is used. The following simple guidelines will tell you exactly how to recognize the signs that it’s time to replace your silicone yoyo pads and the steps to do so effectively.

Most yoyos use standard 19mm slim pads which we sell in standard hardness options here.

Recognizing the Signs:

  • Warped Pads: If the pads feel uneven or bumpy, it can be a sign that the pad is no longer adhered to your yoyo properly.
  • Vibration: Unusual vibrations or a "vibe" during play often indicate uneven pad surfaces.
  • Responsiveness Issues: If binds aren't feeling "tight" and instead feel "slippy" or the yoyo becomes unresponsive, it may suggest the pads are worn out or old and need replacing.
  • Visible Wear: Grooved, compressed, or discolored pads are clear indicators for replacement.
  • Adhesive Failure: Pads that start peeling off or don't stick well need to be replaced.
  • Cracking Pads: Old pads that lose elasticity and begin to crack also require changing.

Materials Needed To Change Pads:

  • Pin ("Map Pins" are the BEST, and can be used for de-sheilding bearings)
  • Q-tip or Cotton Swab
  • Solvent (Isopropyl alcohol, or acetone)
  • New Yoyo Pads

Step-by-Step Guide To Pad Replacement:

  1. Remove Old Pads: Carefully pry out the old pads using a Push Pin or Map Pin. If you scratch the body of your yoyo, don't freak out it won't impact the function of the yoyo at all and can actually help increase the adhesive strength of the 
  2. Clean the Pad Area: Dip a Q-tip or cotton swab in a solvent such as isopropyl alcohol, or acetone (with adult supervision). Thoroughly clean the pad recess to remove any old adhesive and debris. Ensure all residues are completely removed for a clean surface. Take this opportunity to also clean the bearing area of old, dirty oil.  Note, when maintaining plastic yoyos, NEVER let acetone touch the yoyo body directly. Isopropyl Alcohol or Goo Gone are safe for plastic yoyos. 
  3. Dry the Area: Thoroughly dry the pad recess with a dry Q-tip.
  4. Install New Pads: Align and firmly press the new pads into the recess.
  5. Check Alignment: Ensure the pads are evenly installed without overlaps or gaps.

Conclusion: Regularly checking and replacing your yoyo pads as needed helps maintain your yoyo’s performance and prolong its lifespan. By following these guidelines, you can ensure your yoyo always performs at its best.

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