Do you know that most of the ping pong tables are made of particle board? Yes, they are. Generally, the surface of the tables is polished, putty, and painted with quality paint so that they can have good bounce when playing.
The ping pong table consists of tabletop, net, and legs. If the table is kept in storage in a damp area for a long time, the table may get warped, scratched, damaged, and dirty,
Therefore, you need to know how to fix the table in case it is damaged or when the surface has scratches.
How To Fix A Warped Ping Pong Table?
The ping pong tabletop can be warped if it is damaged or damp. To fix it, remove the tabletop and check where the damage is located. Lay the table with the cupped side up under the sun.
On the cupped side, apply some water to it. Use clamps to draw the ends of the tabletop down. It may take 36 to 48 hours for the whole process.
Ensure the tabletop remains wet, slowly tighten the clamps to draw the tabletop flat. Once it is flat, leave it in the clamps for another 24 hours for it to dry completely.
Otherwise, you can also keep the table flat on the ground by placing some heavy items on the warped area of the tabletop. Leave the tabletop as it is with the weight. Once it is dry, remove the items and check the tabletop. If it is flat, assemble back the tabletop.
How To Repair Scratches?
It is not easy to repair the table scratches as this depends on the material of the table (whether it has a glossy or anti-reflective matte surface) and the degree of depth of the scratches.
The matte anti-reflective table is generally not easy to get scratched. If it gets scratched, try to contact the manufacturer and take it back to the factory for maintenance.
Using car wax
If the scratches on the glossy ping pong table are not too deep, you can use special car wax to polish it. Then use the cleaning spray to clean it up. This will remove the scratch marks.
If the scratch is severe, use putty to repair it and then paint the tabletop. The process is just the same as repairing a scratch on a car.
If there are scratches on the surface or a few small holes, you can put on putty, when the putty is dry, sand it with fine sandpaper and paint with the same color.
You can also try to apply toothpaste. Applying toothpaste to the scratched spot then use a rag to wipe the surface gently.
An environment-friendly method is to place sticky paper on the tabletop to cover the scratched surface.
If the scratch is too deep, it is impossible to repair. It is common to scratch the table, I have never seen any ping pong table without scratches after prolonged use.
If the damaged surface is not serious, you can just ignore it without doing any repair. Always remind players to take good care of it in the future.
If the damage is too severe, then there is no way for you to repair the table anymore. You better consider buying a brand new table instead of trying to repair it.
How To Remove Sticky Dirt?
Turpentine oil can dissolve a lot of dirt. I used it to remove the glue from the sponge. You can also apply it to the surface of the ping pong table and wipe it with a cloth or cotton swab.
After cleaning, choose the paint of the same color and paint it.
If you are a perfectionist, then you will spray the paint to the entire table surface to avoid any color differences.
You should keep the table free from dust. Wipe it after playing every time. This is to ensure that the table is at its best and the table surface is in good condition.
Send Back to the Manufacturer
If the damage is severe and you are not able to repair it by yourself, it is recommended that you send it to a professional manufacturer or experienced woodworker to carry out the repairing work.
The advantage of sending the ping pong table to the factory for repair is that you will get your table done professionally.
Check If Your Table Is Still Under Warranty
If your table is still under warranty you can just send the table back to the manufacturer for repair. If the table damage is caused by human error, you will still need to pay for the repairing costs, but it will not be very high compared to the table which is already out of warranty.
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