Hi all, have had my Shutter Wide Angle for just about one month now and last night the anodizing suddenly started coming off while I was playing with it.
I’ve had zero problems up to last night with many hours on the yoyo, but as I was practicing thumb grinds (which I’ve done many times over the last month), the internal grind lip suddenly started feeling rough and my thumb turned blue. Wiped the lip off with a dry tissue, lots of blue came off.
Then it started coming off the inside of the cup where the tip of my thumb contacts when I thumb grind.
I don’t mind the patina that it has from the ano coming off, but it doesn’t thumb grind well at all anymore. Only the blue color seems affected, the splash colors appear to be alright. But when I thumb-grind, it’s vibey and “grippy” on my thumbnail and really slows down the yoyo. I think this is because the blue-anoed areas are softer while the splash-anoed areas are harder and the disparate surfaces are abrading my thumb.
Anyway does anyone have any ideas as to why this happened suddenly or what I can expect it to develop into? Up until last night the yoyo has been perfectly fine.
It was purchased directly at YYF HQ in Phoenix so I’m confident it’s not a fake.
It is worn on my belt and played daily so it does get subjected to sweat, temperature changes, etc. but never exposed to chemicals or anything of that nature. I’ve only ever used a dry cloth or tissue to clean it.
Oh, and one other thing. I do a lot of fingerspin practice (including last night) and the fingerspin cup is still perfectly fine, no signs of ano coming off from either fingerspinning or thumb-grinding the inner cup.
I love the way this throw plays but I like to thumb-grind and it’s now very unpleasant and scrubs spin speed like mad. If I have to replace the yoyo, will I have better chances of longevity with a solid color vs. splash, or did I just get a fluke?
I also find if baffling that this issue surfaced all at once, without any previous signs of ano coming off.
I may try wet-sanding or steel-wooling the inner lip to make it thumb-grindable again, but I really feel like the material is softer where the splash colors aren’t so I think the problem may not go away.
Any help, suggestions or heartfelt condolences are appreciated.