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Repairing cracks and chips in a table tennis table.


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Question: Repairing cracks and chips in a table tennis table.
Hi Greg,

I am sorry to bother you with this question but I don't know what to do. We recently bought a Stiga table tennis table in pretty new condition. The bummer is my youngest son picked one side up so he could play by himself and did not realize that he had to lock it in place. The side fell and hit the garage floor and now I noticed cracks on top - on each side where the legs meet the board. Can we fix this or laminate the table? Please let me know what you think.

Thanks so much,

Answer: Hi L - sorry to hear about your accident. I know I've accidentally tipped my table at home over a couple of times, fortunately with no damage to the table or me!

I've never heard of anyone re-laminating the playing surface of a table to fix cracks. I assume that it is possible, but at a guess I would think it would probably be quite expensive to do on a one-off basis, and might be more trouble than it's worth.

I have heard players mention using something like wood putty to fill in small cracks and chips in a table surface, with a little bit of blackboard paint to put on top of the putty once it hardens. They seem to think it works pretty well in most cases.

If the table is for home use only I'd probably suggest trying something like that first. In my opinion, the main thing would be to stop any random sideways bounces from the cracks in the table, and filling in the cracks with some form of filler that dries hard and that can be smoothed to an even finish before drying (you probably don't want to have to sand it down after it dries, since you would be likely to scratch the surrounding table surface) should take care of that. If the ball then bounces a fraction higher or lower when it hits the putty (but in a straight line) it probably wouldn't matter too much for a home table.

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