Separate sponge from top sheet

Table Tennis Equipment

Last updated 9 months ago

John S

John S Asked 9 months ago

Hello coach,

I have an old Yinhe 955 and I love the top sheet, it's a unique long pips rubber and I want to put a faster sponge to make it fit my playstyle better. 

Can I remove the old 0.5mm sponge without damaging the long pips?

I've tried to remove it by ironing the sponge, since it's so thin, but only had moderate success. I've also tried soaking the sponge in acetone and medical alcohol to maybe dissolve the glue, but none had any effect.

I would love your advice, thank you in advance. 

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 9 months ago

Hi John,

I haven't tried to do this before with long pips and imagine it will be difficult.  I would have recommended using acetone but if that didn't work I am not sure.  Perhaps other readers with experience can help you out here.

Otherwise see if you can buy the rubber with a thicker sponge.

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John S

John S Posted 9 months ago

Hello again coach,

I managed to get all of the sponge out without leaving any glue, or sponge leftovers. I found that puting an old towel over the sponge and holding the iron (medium heat) for about 20 seconds melted the glue and with a bit of force I could remove the sponge. It worked well and did no damage to the top sheet itself, I hope this thread is going to be useful to anyone trying anything similar.

Note: Any sponge thickness above 0,7mm will be excedingly hard to remove with this method due to the sponge dissipating the heat. Worst case senario, the sponge could catch on fire or at least melt. From 1mm and up I would advise against using heat.

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 9 months ago

Thanks for the follow up John. 

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