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How to Make Your Rubber Sticky Again

Take good care of your paddle and clean it every now and then. Coach EmRatThich will explain to you a simple way to make your table tennis rubbers sticky again.

How to Keep Your Paddle Sticky for a Long Time. They will help you save time and money in the long term.


Make your Chinese rubbers tacky again

It’s best to clean your Hurricane 3 rubbers with just water after each use.

Chinese tacky rubbers
Chinese tacky rubbers

Use some water

Some drops of water should be on it. Put a protective sheet on top of it that isn’t stuck to it. Press on it so that a few drops of water spread out evenly without bubbles, and the water is spread out evenly. At least 24 hours.

During this process, you would notice how sticky it is.

If you do this every time, your hurricane will last for at least 6 months to 2 years at the most.

As a general rule, make sure you clean it with water and cloth only. Then, let it dry, then rub it on your arm until it feels tacky, and put it in your bat case.

Get rid of any dust

Make sure to rub it on your arm a few times during practice or gameplay to get rid of any dust or other things.

HK Junior National player with boosted Hurricane rubber on forehand
HK Junior National player with boosted Hurricane rubber on the forehand

Works for me and is still very tacky. The non-adhesive sheet might help a little, but I don’t think it extends the life of the rubber.

In the beginning, it was good for about a year and a half or almost two years. Then, it started to lose its grip and it was not good enough for me to use anymore, but it still has enough grip.



Chinese rubber needs to maintain the tackiness
Chinese rubber needs to maintain the tackiness

The Chinese rubbers like TG Skyline 3, or Hurricane 3 are still as good as new when it comes to grip. You should wash it every time you play. Then let it dry, and rub it until it’s tacky.

Use olive oil

It doesn’t matter how you clean. You can use lemon juice or olive oil to clean really dirty things.

Take a damp cloth and wipe away any dried-out rubber. Then, put on your protective sheet right away, and leave it on overnight. Tomorrow, the rubber will be sticky again.

A lot of olive oil can make the paper even more sticky. Rub it on the topsheet and put a plastic sheet over it right away, as soon as it is still wet. Leave for a few days. Rubber will be crazy tacky.

Plastic sheet

A plastic sheet actually helps a tacky rubber keep its grip. If you want, you can use any kind of plastic sheet you want.

Butterfly Chack Sheet
Butterfly Chack Sheet

It’s not a good idea to add more oil to your rubbers if they’re still tacky, though. Add some oil if they start to lose their stickiness. This will make the rubber a little sticky again.

If I had to choose, I’d use mineral oil instead of olive or vegetable oil.

Avoid too much oil

Adding a small amount of oil to the topsheet will help it become sticky again. A certain amount of sponge will make the sponge a little more responsive for a few weeks. But if you use too much oil, the glue that holds the topsheet to the sponge can break down, and then you get bubbles.

Seamoon Solubility Oil
Seamoon Solubility Oil

There are two ways to get this: You can put too much oil on either the top sheet or the sponge. If you do both, there is a greater chance of bubbles in the top sheet.

Also, don’t add too much oil too often. More than once a month, after a while, can make the rubber stop working and make it weigh too much because of how much oil has been added.

In the long run, oil makes rubber oxidize faster and lose its flexibility more quickly, which makes it less durable. Because your rubber is already losing its grip, this is something to put on the top sheet of your rubber. There is no need to do this if it’s still working well enough.

Lift the ball with rubber’s tackiness

I’m using a Hurricane 3 commercial right now. DHS rubbers are known to lose their tackiness over time, but I was wondering if applying oil would make it sticky again. However, I can still lift the ball about 7 cm into the air. My Chinese friend tried putting oil on his rubber and it worked.

Tacky Chinese rubbers with Wang Liqin
Tacky Chinese rubbers with Wang Liqin

Look at the rubber of Wang Liqin.


Difference between Tackiness and Stickiness

They are not the same. The difference between the grip of rubber and its stickiness.

Grip (stickiness) refers to the rubber’s ability to make the ball move (to spin the ball). When the rubber stays in contact with a single point on the ball without slipping, this is called “stickiness.”

Tackiness vs Stickiness of table tennis rubbers
Tackiness vs Stickiness of table tennis rubbers

When it comes to tackiness, on the other hand, the definition is a little bit more specific. In this case, it refers to how well the rubber can stick to the ball. To see how sticky your bat’s rubber is, put the ball on it and hold it upside down to see how long the rubber can hold it without letting go.

The dust on the Chinese rubber
The dust on the Chinese rubber

Chinese rubbers are well-known for their tackiness.


How to check the rubber’s stickiness

First, you need to figure out how sticky your table tennis racket is.

How to restore tackiness of table tennis rubber

How to restore tackiness of table tennis rubber

Watch this video.

Getting a piece of paper to do this quickly is one way. Stick your paddle to the paper after you do that. Paddles should be sticky enough to stay on the paper, but not so sticky that you can move them around while still having the paper on them. If you have a paddle that is sticky, you’ll be able to get a better grip on the ball when you play.

The more grip you have, the faster and spinner your shots are.


How to maintain the rubber’s stickiness?

You can make your rubbers more sticky by following these steps:

01 Replace the rubber often

It’s not the best thing to do, but you should think about this. It’s easy to change the rubber on your paddle, and it doesn’t take long. There are a lot of people who keep their paddles for too long, which makes them less sticky over time.

Without the grip you can't use the rubber
Without the grip you can’t use the rubber

If your paddle is old, you should get a new one. This is what you should do. However, if it’s not old, you can just clean the rubber.

The rule of thumb is: If you play 2 times per week, then you should replace your rubbers 2 times per year. If you play 3 times per week, then you should replace your rubbers 3 times per year.

But for me, it’s not necessary. I just clean the rubber. And it works.

02 Use sunflower oil

A way to make the paddle more sticky is to buy a brush like the one that painters use.

Dip a brush into the oil
Dip a brush into the oil

Sunflower oil will be used next. Let it dry, then do it again a few times until you get the right amount of stickiness. As long as you want to do this, you can!

03 Remove dust

This is another way to make your paddle sticky. You can clean the paddle to make it less slippery.

Clean the rubber surface
Clean the rubber surface

This will get all the dust and extra material off of your paddle, and it should bring back some of the stickiness that it used to have.

Joola Turbo cleaner solution
Joola Turbo cleaner solution
Clean the rubber
Clean the rubber
Butterfly Spin Refresh
Butterfly Spin Refresh
Apply the foam on the rubber
Apply the foam on the rubber

04 Use a plastic cover

A cover can be used to protect your rubber when it’s not in use. You can buy a plastic cover that you can put on your rubber when you’re not playing. The paddle will stay clean because of this.

Apply protect film
Apply protect film

One thing that makes your paddle not stick is to keep it clean. This is one of the best things you can do to avoid getting dirty.

05 Reglue your rubber

Glue can be used before your competition match. You can put on a thin layer of glue. If you do this, your paddle will be more sticky for your match, and you will be able to play better (due to more feeling on the hand).

Glue on the blade
Glue on the blade


Why rubber’s stickiness is very important?

It’s very important because, without stickiness, you can’t impact the spin.

Make your paddle more sticky, and keeping it sticky is a crucial part. There are a lot of benefits to having a sticky paddle.

There are many benefits to having the right grip and stickiness, but one of them is that it will make the ball spin more. In this way, your opponent will have a hard time playing back.

The new rubber is very grippy
The new rubber is very grippy

A sticky paddle also makes it easier for you to block spin shots that are fired at you. It might be hard for you to block the shots if the paddle isn’t sticky enough. The ball will go into the net. It’s time to find the best table tennis racket for you.

Ping pong balls can slide off the paddle when it isn’t sticky, which can make them go where you don’t want them to. It will also make your return strokes less powerful.


Tips on How to look after your table tennis bat

Coach EmRatThich explains some simple tips to maintain your racket. It’s the most important equipment in table tennis.

1. Make sure the paddle is clean

Make sure the paddle is clean before you use it again.

The first thing you need to do to make sure your paddle is sticky is to clean it often. Make sure you don’t clean it. If you don’t, then you will have different problems with it.

Reglue the rubber
Reglue the rubber

The paddle should be cleaned with clean water, alcohol, or a cleaning agent that is approved by the company that makes it. When the paddle is dry, you can put it outside to dry.

Apply the cleaner
Apply the cleaner

You can do this to get any dust off of the rubber of the paddle and make it more sticky.

2. Glue the rubber correctly

Second, use glue. Glue holds things together, and it can help make your paddle sticky. Putting glue on the paddle is one of the most common ways to make paddles that stick better. It is used by both amateur and professional players.

Let the glue dry
Let the glue dry

You should find strong and thick glue. It’s better than a thin and weak glue.

3. Use oil

If you want to make the paddle more sticky, you could brush it with oil. One of the best oils to use is sunflower oil. Users say that rubbing the oil on the surface has made the paddles more sticky.

Put the oil on the rubber
Put the oil on the rubber

Put a small amount of the foam on the rubber and let it dry.

It makes your paddle look better and work better, so it’s worth it. Even though it isn’t used by many professionals, it is still very good at what it does.

Improve the grip of the rubber - letting the oil dry
Improve the grip of the rubber – letting the oil dry

4. Use a protector film

A paddle that is cleaned of dust and stains is going to be more sticky. However, there is another way to make the stickiness last longer. You can get a protective film to do this.

JOOLA Rubber Protection Foil
JOOLA Rubber Protection Foil

The film might be bigger than the surface of the rubber, so it will need to be cut. This isn’t a bad thing. It will help to protect the rubber’s edge and keep the paddle sticky for a long time.

5. Use boosters

Boosters also work well. However, if you’re just playing for fun, you can have a lot of fun with a tuner. In order to use boosters, you put them on the rubber and let them dry for about a day.

Falco Long Term Table Tennis Rubber Booster (25ml)
Falco Long Term Table Tennis Rubber Booster (25ml)

You can apply it again after a day and wait twelve hours before playing with the paddle. This will have even more of an effect.

You should look at a paddle that is very sticky.

6. Use a cleaner

In order to clean the rubber’s surface, use a cleaner.

JOOLA Cleaner Sponge
JOOLA Cleaner Sponge

You should buy a high-quality cleaning solution and use it correctly on the paddle. Some people use toothbrushes to clean the paddle, but this isn’t a good idea because it can scratch the rubber and make it look bad.

Table Tennis Racket Care with Butterfly Spin Refresh
Table Tennis Racket Care with Butterfly Spin Refresh

Search for Butterfly Spin Refresher. Butterfly is a well-known brand in the ping pong care supplies market. The Care Kit from the brand is one of the best ways to take care of your paddles.

7. Change the Rubber

The rubber that comes with your paddle will wear down over time, no matter what you do. For this reason, you might need to buy a new rubber to replace the one that is broken or less sticky. However, as we have said, taking care of and cleaning your paddle will help it last as long as possible.

Clean the rubber
Clean the rubber

When you change the rubber, choose a rubber that works well with how you play.

There are a lot of things you can do, and each one has its own advantages. Choose the best forehand rubber and the best backhand rubbers. They are not the same.


Conclusions

As a good player, it’s important to keep the rubber on your paddle as sticky as possible. It will be very hard for you to get enough spin on the ball if the paddle isn’t sticky because of dust or something else.

A ping pong paddle can be made sticky by following these tips. Remember, the tackiness will help you spin more. Keep your paddle as clean as possible.



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2 thoughts on “How to Make Your Rubber Sticky Again”

  1. Is it better to use Bio water based cleaning spray than using tap water to clean the table tennis tacky rubber? Will the constant use of water in cleaning reduce the power and speed of the rubber as opposed to using cleaning spray?

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