How to Resurface a Ping Pong Table

Ping-Pong, or table tennis, can be a fast-paced, competitive sport or a fun and relaxing way to pass the time for anyone who has access to a table, paddles and a ball. However, Ping-Pong tables often suffer from abuse when they are used as work areas or repositories for sharp and heavy objects. A table also gets small nicks and scratches when defeated players take out their frustrations by hitting it with their paddles. An uneven, rough or worn-out table will deflect the lightweight balls, severely reducing the quality of play. But you can resurface your table to ensure optimal playing conditions.

Things You'll Need

  • Chalkboard spray paint
  • White enamel spray paint
  • Painters tape
  • Sandpaper
  • Cloth


    • 1

      Use painters tape to cover the white lines that border and bisect each side of your Ping-Pong table.

    • 2

      Use a sheet of 150-grit sandpaper to slightly smooth out the surface of your Ping-Pong table. Attempt to level any bumps or scratches. Fill in any deep cracks with wood filler, let it dry and sand the table again.

    • 3

      Wipe off any dust and residue with a soft cloth or rag. Make sure that the table is completely clean before you begin painting.

    • 4

      Hold the can of chalkboard spray paint about 8 inches away from the table and spray each side evenly. Allow six to eight hours for the paint to dry and add another coat. Repeat this step so that you have at least three layers of the chalkboard paint on the table. Chalkboard spray paint provides the smooth texture and bounce that a Ping-Pong table requires.

    • 5

      Immediately remove the painters tape after the last coat and allow the table to dry for at least 24 hours.

    • 6

      If the white lines on the table are faded, use white enamel spray paint to brighten them up. Cover the table with newspaper and use painters tape to mark off the lines. Allow at least eight hours for the paint to dry. Multiple coats of this paint are not required.

Tips & Warnings

  • Wear a painter's mask while spraying the table to avoid inhaling any toxic fumes.
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