How To Refinish Ping Pong Table

How To Refinish Ping Pong Table

Last modified: October 10, 2023


Are you tired of your old, worn-out ping pong table? Maybe it’s time to give it a fresh new look and restore it to its former glory. In this article, I will guide you through the process of refinishing a ping pong table, so you can enjoy playing on a table that looks as good as new.

Gather Materials

Before you begin the refinishing process, gather all the necessary materials. Here’s a list of what you’ll need:

  • Sandpaper (medium and fine grit)
  • Paint or stain
  • Paintbrush or foam roller
  • Masking tape
  • Screwdriver
  • Soft cloth

Clean and Prep the Table

The first step in refinishing a ping pong table is to clean it thoroughly. Use a mild detergent and warm water to remove any dirt, dust, or grime from the surface. Once the table is clean, dry it with a soft cloth.

Next, you’ll need to remove the net and posts, if they are detachable. Use a screwdriver to loosen and remove any screws or bolts holding them in place. Set them aside for later use.

Sand the Surface

Now it’s time to sand the surface of the table. Start by using medium-grit sandpaper to thoroughly sand the entire surface, including the edges. This will help remove any old finish, scratches, or imperfections.

After sanding with the medium-grit sandpaper, switch to a fine-grit sandpaper and sand the surface again. The fine-grit sandpaper will smooth out the surface and prepare it for the new finish.

Apply Paint or Stain

Once the surface is smooth and clean, it’s time to apply the new finish. You have two options here: paint or stain.

If you choose to paint the table, select a paint color that suits your preference. Apply the paint evenly using a paintbrush or foam roller. Start from one side of the table and work your way across, making sure to cover the entire surface. Allow the first coat to dry completely, then apply a second coat if needed.

If you prefer a more natural look, you can use a wood stain instead. Apply the stain using a soft cloth, following the manufacturer’s instructions. Make sure to work the stain into the wood’s grain for an even finish. Allow the stain to dry completely before moving on to the next step.

Repeat the Process

After the first coat of paint or stain has dried, you may notice some areas that require further touch-ups. Repeat the sanding and painting/staining process as needed until you achieve the desired finish.

Remember to allow each coat to dry completely before applying the next one. Patience is key to achieving a smooth and professional-looking result.

Reattach the Net and Posts

Once the final coat has dried, it’s time to reattach the net and posts. Use the screwdriver to secure them back onto the table, following the same instructions you used during the removal process.


Refinishing a ping pong table can be a rewarding and satisfying project. By following the steps outlined in this article, you can transform your old and worn-out table into a beautiful piece that you’ll be proud to play on. So, gather your materials, roll up your sleeves, and get ready to enjoy hours of fun on your newly refinished ping pong table!

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