Paint is a tricky thing. You can put it on too thick and make the surface of your ping pong table uneven, or you can put it on too thin and not cover all of those pesky dings and scratches. That’s why we’re going to focus this blog post on how to paint a ping pong table so that you do it right the first time!
Playing Surface Material
Before you decide on what kind of paint to use, you need to know your playing surface material. Ping pong tables come in many different finishes including wood grain, marble, and laminate top.
- Laminated surface
These have a thin layer of real wood over the standard medium-density fibreboard (MDF) or particleboard. It’s the most common playing surface because it’s affordable, durable, and relatively easy to paint.
- Particle Board Surface
These are much cheaper than an MDF board but will need special care when cleaning. If you opt for this kind of tabletop surface, you should re-stain the wood after painting or else it will peel and flake over time.
- MDF board surface
This is the more expensive, heavy-duty option that’s more resistant to warping or chipping. MDF has many of the same properties as particleboard but with a smoother finish.
If you’re painting a laminated tabletop, it’s best to use chalk paint or upholstery paint If you’re painting a wooden table without the luxury of a completely flat surface, use cement paint. If you’re looking for an extremely smooth finish, buy some snooker/pool table paint.
Once your ping pong table is dry, make sure to give it another coat to seal it
Table Tennis Paint
The paint that you choose will depend on the surface of your table. If it’s wood, then you can use any type of paint that is designed for wooden surfaces.
If the top of your table is made from MDF (particleboard) or laminate, make sure to read the label carefully before buying. Some paints say “not recommended for MDF/laminate floors” on the label. That means it will work on the top of your table but is not designed for this purpose.
If you really can’t find paint that is designed specifically for MDF or laminate, don’t worry – you can still use regular paint. Just make sure to give it a lot more coats than usual – you might need to apply 4 or 5 coats instead of just one.
Make sure the paint is the right type for what you are painting. For example, spray paint is not intended for wood surfaces so it’s probably best not to use it on a ping pong table.
Chalkboard paint is a great idea for turning your ping pong table into a fun writing surface. Draw lines and diagrams as part of your game, or write some motivational words before you start! Just make sure to clean it off once you’re finished.
Paint the table as per the instructions on the label (if there is one), and leave it to dry 100% before using it. If you want, you can put chalk on the board during the painting process so that it’s there ready for when your ping pong table is painted (and therefore useable as a writing surface).
If there isn’t any kind of label with instructions, then aim for around 10-20 coats of paint, depending on how large the table is. Start with a thin layer, let it dry for an hour or two, then apply some more. Leave it to dry for approximately 24 hours before using the board as a writing surface (or playing ping pong on it, if you’re impatient!).
Painting the Table:
You will need:
- – Table – Acrylic paint in your color of choice (if you want it to be a different color)
- Paint tray/shallow bowl
- Old newspaper or some kind of disposable covering for the ground
- Chalk (optional) – masking tape (optional) – small sponge/foam brush (optional) – stencils (optional, if you want to use them for decoration or to leave a message like “keep off the grass”)
- Clean and prepare your table: make sure it’s clean and free of dust, grime, and dirt (unless you want that effect; then screw the cleaning). Cover any parts of the table that you don’t want to be painted with a thick sheet of newspaper or some other disposable covering. You may also want to cover your floor, walls, and any other surfaces near the table if you don’t want paint on them.
- Get ready: Before you begin, you should have everything you need ready, including your paint(s), roller or paintbrush, newspaper, stencils and clothes that you don’t mind getting paint on.
- Paint: Pour your base colour in a dry glass jar so it’s easier to pour. Next, mix the right amount of water in a separate spray bottle (if using acrylics) or bowl if using oil paints/acrylics.
- Begin: Dip your roller or paintbrush in the paint of your choice and begin rolling or brushing on top of the newspaper to get an even coat all over the table. Allow some time for drying between coats, but don’t wait too long because you need to remove the stencil before it dries completely.
- Peel it off: Once the paint has dried to your satisfaction, carefully peel back the stencil and admire your handiwork!
- 6. Remove excess paint: If you see some parts that are still unpainted after peeling back the stencil, take a cloth (we recommend an old t-shirt or rag) and wipe away the excess paint.
- Clear off residual paint: If you do see some paint left on your ping pong table, take a cloth with some mineral spirits or turpentine and wipe away any leftover paint.
- Re-stencil: Once you’re happy with the results, it’s time to re-stencil! Apply a new layer of the stencil and get to painting.
- Continue: Repeat steps 2-8 until you’re satisfied with the results! Remember, practice makes perfect! Once you get comfortable designing your own custom designs, start experimenting and try out different colors or different styles. The possibilities are endless!
How would you like to paint your ping pong table? The answer is yes! It’s not as hard as it sounds. There are a few things that you will need, but we’ll start with what paints and tools you’ll want to have on hand before getting started.