Ping pong has been a staple of rec rooms, garages, and basements for decades. It is easy and fun for all ages and skill levels. Unfortunately, ping pong tables often take a beating. They are used for storage, as seats, and as dinner tables as well as for their intended purpose. Over time, ping pong tables lose their playability and surface quality. Refinishing a ping pong table will bring it back to life--and doing it yourself is easy and affordable.
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Things you need
- Electric sander
- Medium grit sandpaper
- Fine grit sandpaper
- 1/2 gallon white primer
- 1 quart blue or green matt paint
- Painters tape
Remove the net and clean the table top using a damp rag. Be sure to dry the table completely after wiping it clean, because moisture can warp the table.
Sand the original paint and imperfections off the table top using medium-grit sand paper.
Sand the table with fine-grit sandpaper to smooth the surface in preparation for painting. Wipe the table clean with a dry cloth to remove the dirt and dust created by the sanding.
Paint the table with white primer and allow it to dry completely.
Paint the table with blue or green matt paint and allow it to completely dry. Add a second coat if necessary.
Paint a 2cm line around the perimeter and a 3cm line down the middle of the table, lengthwise, using the white primer. Use painters tape to ensure a clean, straight line.
Reattach the net by fastening the net C-clamps to the sides of the table before stretching the net across the table and securing it to the C-clamps.
Tips and warnings
- Chalkboard paint is best for painting ping pong tables. It comes in blue and green and provides a more professional look and feel than standard matt paint, though it is more expensive.
- Always be careful when using power tools such as electric sanders. Make sure to keep loose hair and clothing away from machinery and wear proper safety equipment.
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