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      How To: Adhesive Table Tennis Rubber Covers for Pennies Per Sheet

      I've been a fan of adhesive protective sheets for some time now as well as some other club mates of mine.

      Problem with these are is that they get dirty/grimy relatively quick and they're overpriced IMO. For example a local carrier I know of is currently offering Butterfly's adhesive sheets pack of 2 for $5. That's not even factoring in shipping. SMH. Forget that.

      Anyways, onto the how to get something nearly just as good for a fraction of that cost I've been doing for some time now with good results and I like a lot.

      Supplies:
      - scissors (you probably already have these)
      - former rubber packaging ( I know you probably have these laying around somewhere.)
      - Round large shape of a blade
      (I'm using a paddle my brother 3D printed for me but you could use anything here. Just has to be slightly larger than your current blade)
      - From Walmart, laminate shelf adhesive paper roll. It's meant to go on say your kitchen shelves. I found this rather bland brown roll for $2. I estimate I can cut about 30 racquet covers with this.

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      Trace your shape & cut out.

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      Here's why you need just one former rubber packaging. This paper is flimsy. It's just a sticky paper. When you take them off your blade to play, you need some place to put them right? Stick one to each side of this covering. Pictured here I have a cutout of a old Long Pips I use to have.... Do not stick the adhesive papers together.

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      And voila. All done.

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      You have a good adhesive sheet you can keep on your racket for a week or for 6 months. Doesn't matter. Whatever works for you.

      They're cheap to replace.
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      Nice DIY solution! Thanks for sharing, I'll have to give this a try.

      I use the Nittaku protective sheets and have to change them every month or two. They cost $2 per 2 sheets (and shipping), but it still feels expensive and is annoying to have to reorder a bunch of them every few months.
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      You know that you can just wash it in tepid water or soapy water and it will become sticky again when it dries?

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      Quote Originally Posted by man_iii View Post
      You know that you can just wash it in tepid water or soapy water and it will become sticky again when it dries?
      Yep! This is the way to go!


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      Quote Originally Posted by thomas.pong View Post
      Nice DIY solution! Thanks for sharing, I'll have to give this a try.

      I use the Nittaku protective sheets and have to change them every month or two. They cost $2 per 2 sheets (and shipping), but it still feels expensive and is annoying to have to reorder a bunch of them every few months.
      You don't have change them or throw them away. Just wash them a soapy sponge with dishwasher liquid and water and will be good as new. The glue of the sheets doesn't come off.

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      Please pardon my ignorance. Just curious what is the advantage of using adhesive protective film, since I have not used it before. I typically clean the rubbers after playing, and store the racket in a nice case with plastic inner lining. Is that not sufficient? Thanks.

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      Quote Originally Posted by goodhand View Post
      Please pardon my ignorance. Just curious what is the advantage of using adhesive protective film, since I have not used it before. I typically clean the rubbers after playing, and store the racket in a nice case with plastic inner lining. Is that not sufficient? Thanks.
      it keeps the rubber protected against dust and oxidation (not 100% but helps).

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      Quote Originally Posted by Caxoera View Post
      it keeps the rubber protected against dust and oxidation (not 100% but helps).

      I see. Thank you very much.

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