How To Resurface A Ping Pong Table

How To Resurface A Ping Pong Table

Last modified: October 11, 2023


So you have a ping pong table that has seen better days. The surface is worn out, scratched, and has lost its bounce. Don’t worry, because in this post, I’m going to guide you through the process of resurfacing your ping pong table to bring it back to life. It may sound daunting, but with the right tools and a little bit of patience, you can have a table that looks and plays like new again.

Gather the Materials

Before you start the resurfacing process, you’ll need to gather a few materials:


You’ll need various grits of sandpaper, such as 80, 120, and 220, to sand down the old surface and create a smooth base for the new coat.

Paint and Brushes

Choose a table tennis-specific paint that is durable and provides a good bounce. Acrylic or polyurethane paint are often recommended. Make sure to pick up suitable brushes as well.

Tape and Plastic Sheets

To protect the frame and legs of the table from accidental paint splatters, use tape to cover them up. Plastic sheets or drop cloths will also be handy to cover the playing surface when sanding or painting.


Step 1: Clear the Surface

Remove the table net, clamps, and any other accessories from the table. Clean the playing surface with a damp cloth to remove any dust, dirt, or debris.

Step 2: Sanding

Using the coarsest grit of sandpaper, start sanding the entire playing surface of the table. This will help remove the old surface coating, scratches, and imperfections. Be sure to sand evenly and avoid applying too much pressure which may damage the table’s surface.

Step 3: Smoothing the Surface

After sanding with the coarse grit, switch to a finer sandpaper (120 or 220 grit) and continue sanding to create a smoother surface. Sand in a circular motion to ensure an even finish.

Applying the New Surface

Step 1: Priming

Before applying the new coat of paint, it’s important to prime the table surface. Apply a layer of primer to enhance adhesion and create a strong bond between the old surface and the new paint. Follow the instructions on the primer for drying time.

Step 2: Painting

Once the primer is dry, it’s time to apply the paint. Use a paintbrush suitable for the type of paint you’re using and apply thin, even coats. It’s better to apply multiple thin coats than one thick coat, as this will help prevent drips and ensure a smoother finish.

Step 3: Drying and Curing

After applying the final paint coat, allow the table to dry completely according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Once dry, let the paint cure for the recommended time (usually a few days) before using the table.

Maintaining Your Resurfaced Table

To keep your newly resurfaced ping pong table in excellent condition, here are a few tips:

  • Regularly clean the surface with a mild detergent and water, avoiding abrasive cleaners that may damage the paint.
  • Always use a table tennis cover or store the table in a dry place when not in use to protect it from dust and moisture.
  • Avoid placing heavy objects on the table surface to prevent dents or scratches.
  • Consider using a protective table tennis table cover when playing to minimize wear and tear.


Resurfacing a ping pong table may take some time and effort, but the end result will be a table that looks and plays like new. By following the steps outlined in this post and properly maintaining your table, you can enjoy countless hours of fun and competitive play. So go ahead and bring that old ping pong table back to life!

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