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How to Paint Ping Pong Tables

Updated February 21, 2017

Ping Pong is a variation of tennis which is played on a table with small paddles. Because of the small size, it is a favourite in home recreation rooms and garages. The Ping Pong table can get dirty and look unfinished the longer it is used. If this has happened to your Ping Pong table, give it an updated look and add years to its use by repainting it.

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  1. Pour the primer in a paint tray. Dip your roller in the paint tray to cover it with the primer. Paint the entire surface with the roller so that it is covered in primer. Allow the primer to dry for a few hours

  2. Pour the colour paint into the second tray. Dip a clean roller in the paint to cover it. Paint the entire table with the colour paint. Allow the entire table to dry.

  3. Measure 3/4-inches from each edge toward the centre and make a mark with the pencil. Place painters tape in a straight line at these marks so there is a 3/4-inch space between the edge of the tape and edge of the table all the way around. Paint a white line on the table in this 3/4-inch space. Allow the paint to dry and remove the tape so you have a 3/4-inch white line around the table's edge.

  4. Measure 3/8-inch from the centre of the table toward both edges on the longer side of the table (You are creating a 3/4-inch wide space in the centre of the table). Place painter's tape on either side of this mark to leave a 3/4-inch space which runs in the centre of the table from one long side to the other. Paint a white strip in this space to create the centre line. Allow the paint to dry and remove the tape.

  5. Repeat the process in Step 4 to create a space which runs through the centre of the table from one short edge to the other and is 1/8-inch wide. Paint a white line on the table in the 1/8-inch space. You will now have two white lines which split the table into four equal sections. Allow the paint to dry and remove the tape.

  6. Tip

    While Ping Pong tables are traditionally green, you can make them any colour you want to match the rest of the decor in the room.


    Make sure to keep your lines as straight as possible. Uneven lines won't upset game play, but the table will look messy and unfinished.

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Things You'll Need

  • White Primer
  • Your choice of colour paint
  • White paint
  • 2 Paint rollers
  • 2 Paint trays
  • 1-inch wide paint brush
  • Ruler
  • 1- inch painter's tape
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil

About the Author

R.L. Cultrona is a San Diego native and a graduate of San Diego State University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in theater, television and film with a minor in communications and political science. She began writing online instructional articles in June 2009.

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