Rubber Expanding Trouble

Table Tennis Equipment

Last updated 6 years ago

Romeo Chua

Romeo Chua Asked 6 years ago

Hi, I re-glued my rubbers earlier because it was an old paddle that I did not use for 2 years. I noticed that, after re-gluing the rubbers, it seemed to expand. Will the expansion of the rubbers affect my play? Also, how can I do it properly without damaging the rubber?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 6 years ago

Hi Romeo,

You won’t have any problems.  The rubber does expand a little when glued.  If it has expanded too much and is overhanging the blade by more than 2mm, just trim it with a blade or scissors.


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Romeo Chua

Romeo Chua Posted 6 years ago

I see. Thank goodness! Thanks


Jean Balthazar

Jean Balthazar Posted 6 years ago

My tip: wait for a least a week before you trim the "excess" material. The rubber may shrink back partially or totally. This happened to me several times (I use the old-fashioned VOC glue, not the water-based one).


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 6 years ago

Good idea Jean.  It will expand more with the old glue.


Romeo Chua

Romeo Chua Posted 6 years ago

Too late. Oh well, haha.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 6 years ago

If you have used a water based glue it should be fine anyway.


Bennett Brown

Bennett Brown Posted 6 years ago

are you using a tenergy rubber? my friend uses one and they tend to expand a lot


Romeo Chua

Romeo Chua Posted 6 years ago

I use an old sheet of Mark V rubber for my forehand and another old sheet of Joola Green Energy rubber for my backhand.


Jean Balthazar

Jean Balthazar Posted 6 years ago

What type of glue did you use?

Did you use a roller to apply the rubber to the bat?

How much was hanging over the end of the bat before you cut the rubbers?



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