How To Refinish a Ping Pong Table

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How To Refinish a Ping Pong Table
Ping-pong tables can be restored and refinished back to like-new condition. (ping pong image by Sergio Di Giovanni from

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.

Skill level:

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
  • Rag
  • Water

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  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

    Sand the original paint and imperfections off the table top using medium-grit sand paper.

  3. 3

    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.

  4. 4

    Paint the table with white primer and allow it to dry completely.

  5. 5

    Paint the table with blue or green matt paint and allow it to completely dry. Add a second coat if necessary.

  6. 6

    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.

  7. 7

    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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