Bad Gluing

Table Tennis Equipment

Last updated 2 weeks ago

Kevin Pratama Loputra

Kevin Pratama Loputra Asked 2 weeks ago

Greetings, Alois, Jeff! 

I know the basics of gluing a table tennis bat and did pretty well for the first time. I searched some questions related to the topic, but I could not manage to find one (or maybe I missed it)

After gluing the rubber and the bat, I left it for 15 mins (I am using Donic Vario Clean Glue) and the glue is transparent. I put the rubber into the bat, used the pressure role, and cut it. However, after playing, I am curious whether the rubber is perfectly glued, so I try to peel it softly and..... it doesn't seem glued perfectly. Is it one of the signs of bad gluing or it is totally my fault to peel it consciously?

If not, how can we know that our bat is badly glued? Any things that we can notice? 

I have read your answer and it said that you would let the glue dried for approximately 30 mins 'til an hour. Is not it too long? Various sources said you can let the glue dry for 10-20 mins.

I am eager to hear from you two. Cheers, and stay safe as always!


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 2 weeks ago

Hi Kevin,

Well done on giving this a try.

When you have glued the rubber you shouldn't be able to peel the edges up easily.  The other thing is that when you hit the ball you may find that the bounce off the racket is variable where some of the rubber isn't stuck properly or the glue isn't properly dry underneath.

The glues are quite different.  Some of them do need to be left for quite a while to make sure they are touch dry before sticking them on.  Then after you have attached the rubber to the blade leave it a few minutes to allow it to attach properly.

You can also place some weight, such as a heavy book on the bat when you have glued it to help it to attach properly.  I would take it off and glue it again and also pay particular attention to the edges as they are the most vulnerable.


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Marcin Lonak

Marcin Lonak Posted 2 weeks ago

I have some bad gluing experience despite following strictly many YouTube videos... 

worst was on one bat rubber going off permanently (bubbled) After a half day or so With many attempts, cleaning tries and help of more experienced players. After drastic move of changing the rubber from Xiom Vega Elite to Donic S3 it worked somehow. 


Kevin Pratama Loputra

Kevin Pratama Loputra Posted 2 weeks ago

Dear Alois, thank you! So much I will try to apply your tips later! 

Is it ok for us to softly touch the glued surface of the bat/rubber to make sure that it is really dry? And if we want to use the same rubber again, any tips for removing the glue from the rubber? I guess it will be hard and tiring.

And Thank you for sharing as well, Marcin! 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 2 weeks ago

Hi Kevin,

Yes it is OK to lightly touch the rubber and blade to check it is dry.

With removing the glue that is quite difficult.  You can try to rub the glue off.  You need to be quite gentle with it otherwise the sponge tends to come off as well.  It usually also results in blisters...


Kevin Pratama Loputra

Kevin Pratama Loputra Posted 2 weeks ago

Dear Alois, thank you so much for your insight! I hope I can do better when regluing/changing the rubber next time. Cheers! 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 2 weeks ago

No problems Kevin.



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