Question about Table Tennis Paint
by Leo Loh
(New South Wales, Australia)
I wish to restore my 15 years old professional grade table tennis table.
No one can provide me with an answer.
I called Australia Table Tennis Academy, but without a proper answer.
Would you know the specification of the paint and where to buy it?
----- Martin's Reply -----
Thanks for your question.
Unfortunately, there isn't a simple answer.
The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) tests and approves table tennis tables. This is so that they can set a high standard for sporting quality and safety during international competitions.
So, even though you're not using your table for international competitions, I would still be guided by what the ITTF specifies.
So what does the ITTF specify?
Well, for "General appearance of the table" they specify that...
"Paint, colour or gloss irregularities that are visible to the naked eye are not acceptable. The paint must be firmly bonded to the substrate. It should neither colour the ball nor look scuffed or scratched."
And for "Surface colour, finish and lines of the playing surface" they specify that...
"An approved table must be green or blue, of any degree of darkness having a Y-value under illuminant D65 of not more than 30% (CIE system). (And they suggest that it be in the range from 2.5 BG to 7.5 PB in the Munsell system).
It must be matt, with a degree of gloss not more than 15 (60° specular gloss, ASTM procedure D 523) and a low haze-gloss.
The finish must be uniform over the entire surface. It must therefore be applied in some uniform manner such as spraying or roller coating - brush marks are unacceptable.
The finish will also be unacceptable if, regardless of the measured degree of gloss, it permits the shape of a light-source to be distinguished in its reflection.
Although the surface must be matt, it must also be even and regular, with no inlaid dust and no projecting particles of pigment.
The finishes may not transfer surface pigment to the ball.
A suitable choice of finish may eliminate this problem completely. Other finishes undergo a hardening process that takes days or weeks. Manufacturers who use this type usually store their tables for long enough to permit this process to take place so that their tables do not colour the ball."
So, unless you can follow the above, you're probably not any wiser.
I did a quick search on the internet and I found one web site which appears to be offering blue Table Tennis Table Paint ...
Affordable Table Tennis
11 Stockwell Drive Sunbury Victoria 3249
However, my advice is always the same whenever someone asks me how to build their own table tennis table or restore an existing table ...
Buy a new table from one of the established table tennis table manufacturers.
Although it may be more expensive, you'll never achieve a better job than they do, so it'll be more cost effective in the long run.