rubber life

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satyaki roy Unknown

satyaki roy Unknown Asked 14 years ago

how to increase the life of your rubber!!

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 14 years ago


The main thing to increase the life of your rubber is to keep it clean.  After every use make sure you wipe it down, just with some water on a damp cloth to keep the dust and dirt off it.

 The other thing to watch out for is sun or heat.  This will destroy your rubber very quickly.  If you are travelling in a car keep the rubber well protected in your bag.  Never allow direct sunlight onto the bat as this will quickly destroy it.

If anyone else has any tips they would be helpful.

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kappo mattar

kappo mattar Posted 10 years ago

what about remove it away from my blade after every use?and when i need to use it glue it again on my blade?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 10 years ago

That tends to reduce the life.  The regluing will have an effect on the rubber and reduce the life.  The glue will also build up on the back and make it less effective.  You are better to leave it on.


B G Posted 10 years ago

Get a rubber protection film (a plastic sheet with a slightly adhesive surface) and keep the racket in a case of some sort.

I've found that using the sticky protection film can actually be a good way to remove dust from a racket while playing.

Hannes Lemberg

Hannes Lemberg Posted 10 years ago

As Alois said, keep away from heat, but also from cold.
Dont leave it in car. Dont forget it under air conditioner.
Simply try to keep it in as constant temperature as possible.

Destillated water is very cheap. Search from car parts stores.
Regular tap water has sometimes salts, fluor and other chemicals in it - depends where you live.

Sweat has a lot of minerals in it, clean it away. If you need to remove dust in middle of game, better breathe on it and wipe humidity off. Sweat will make it dead quickly.

Frendy Halim

Frendy Halim Posted 9 years ago

sir alois, you said that regluing make it less efective and reduce the life. why ? as what i know many people always regluing their rubber on a match...

Hannes, you mean that we must is that distillated water rather than the tap water ?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 9 years ago

If you keep regluing you are adding a layer of glue to the back of the rubber.  This is altering the effectiveness of the sponge.

I don't think the chemicals in the water will make much difference at all.  They are very minimal.

Frendy Halim

Frendy Halim Posted 9 years ago

so it's the best to just stick the rubber with the blade until it's die
thanks sir

Noah Clayborne

Noah Clayborne Posted 5 years ago

Alois i played on a table tennis table out in the sun in New Mexico. My rubber is still sticky, should I throw it away anyway. I just need an answer because I'm OCD.

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 5 years ago


You don't need to throw the rubber away.  Just store them in a cool place now out of the sun.  They are still good to use.


D K Posted 5 years ago

What about freeze?
I sometimes have to travel in about -25°C in winter.
And I did not manage to fully prevent the cold to get to my bat.
And often even one hall is very cold (about 5°C) until more players come.


Fesih TOPDEMİR Posted 5 years ago

how many years is rubber life ?  1 year or 2 year or 3 year? average of rubber life

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 5 years ago

It should last around 100 hours of play if it is kept well.

Jean Balthazar

Jean Balthazar Posted 5 years ago

There are some specialized products available which are supposed to increase your rubbers lifespan. Cleaners can help a little bit, but don't use them before your rubbers start loosing grip because they contain solvants and should not be used too often. Other products are ment to give back some elasticity (and therefore grip) to old rubbers. Are these products worth the investment? That's up to you to decide.

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