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I like using sand paper paddles, and all but one or two of ours have water damage, wrinkles, and are peeling off. Time for a make over! I've resurfaced one of the worst paddles we've got, and now you can, too!

While this is easier to do with a sand paper paddle, you could do it with rubber covered paddles that are no longer any good. And hey, if you don't play ping pong, use it for all your sanding needs!

This is really easy to do, and would make a great gift...think of dad's face when he sees that all of his old icky paddles have been resurfaced!
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Step 1: Supplies


  • Very fine sand paper
  • Wood glue
  • Paper towels
  • Notebook paper


  • Pen
  • Scissors
  • Sand paper
  • Exacto knife
  • Table, preferably wit ha 90 degree edge

Step 2: Prep the Paddle

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Peel off the sand paper from both sides of your ping pong paddle, and and use the sand paper to get off as much of the glue as possible.

Step 3: Make a Stencil

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Lay the notebook paper against the edge of your table, this will correspond to the bottom of the paddle's surface. The 90 degree drop is helpful because the handle of your paddle is thicker than the surface part. i.e. it won't lay flat in the middle of a table. On the edge, however, the surface will lay flat against the paper. Use your pen to trace the surface of your paddle.

Once it's all drawn, cut out your new stencil!

Step 4: Using the Stencil

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Lay your sand paper upside down on the table, with the stencil on top of it. Draw a line around the perimeter of the stencil, and cut it out. When cutting, it's better to cut out side of the line, instead of inside. Repeat.

Step 5: Apply the Surface

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Apply a thin layer of wood glue onto one side of the paddle with a balled up paper towel. Be sure to cover all the way to the edges. You want the glue to be as thin as possible. Carefully lay the sand paper onto the paddle, be careful to avoid wrinkles. Sandwich it between two flat surfaces.
AWESOME!! imma try dis wid all my paddles.
No spin at all!
pingeee7 years ago
How's sandpaper paddles compare with the conventional rubber paddles? Does it somehow make your ping pong ball become coarse due to the abrasion?
Weissensteinburg (author)  pingeee7 years ago
Sand paper paddles are lighter, and I think they absorb less of your hit than the rubber would. You just have to try them each out and see what you prefer.

I haven't noticed any difference to the ball. I think that because the ball only hits the paddle, instead of rubbing against it, if there were any abrasions they would be negligible.
Thanks. What about JUST the wood surface? That is, if we sandpaper polish the original wood surface, will that be just as good as the sandpaper surface? (I might be just asking stupid question as I am quite amateur in ping pong playing)
That would work, but that is not why this instructable is here
Weissensteinburg (author)  pingeee7 years ago
hm..i'm not sure. it'd be cool to try though.
fyi sand paper ping pang pattles are illeagle if ur in a tornament other then that nice decription of the steps
Brennn107 years ago
Nice job Weissensteinburg! I have a few that need some resurfacing, so this will do the trick! Nice job!
bob314157 years ago
Hi I'm from Ecuador. Your instructable is very funny! LOL!!!!
guyfrom7up7 years ago
extremely useful! Pingpong paddles are always peeling. +1!
Weissensteinburg (author)  guyfrom7up7 years ago
Thanks =]
Good job on the Instructable... Kind of ironic though, seeing as how I just finished watching "Balls of Fury" a few minutes ago :P
very awesome instructable Weissensteinburg!
Weissensteinburg (author)  GorillazMiko7 years ago
Thanks, let me know if you try it!