Make your own VOC based ping pong glue, with care.
The ITTF board of speed VOC based glue for health reasons, has a result (presumably) Ban not intentionally of regular glue ping pong as well. As a result, most manufacturers have stopped producing all VOC-based products, and are changing to country based glues. In many people's eyes, the new adhesive is more challenging to use, does not provide some similar benefits and is considerably more expensive. The main positive of water-based glue is that they are safer to use, and although this is very important, careful handling of the VOC based adhesives also makes relatively safe, so yes Very few reasons to stop using them. This guide will outline to make VOC based ping pong glue from available products, with performance very similar to VOC brand based adhesives that are no longer produced. This tutorial is not a recommendation to continue using glues, but it gives people the option if they want to keep using them. Read about Best Ping Pong Table In The World - Ping Pong Start here.
A few warnings before we get into this guide:
1. According to the new ITTF rules, illegal VOC-based adhesives will be used for ITTF events, and most national and club associations have adopted similar laws, and Testing for these substances can be done at some games. Although "Bat" The Bat after you have pasted it up for a few days can also cause all VOCs to evaporate, there is still a risk your bat may be found to be illegal. So be warned.
2. All VOC based ping pong adhesives contain dangerous and toxic compounds, so contacting the glue or breathing in vapors is a certain health hazard. However, these adhesives have been used for several decades by players worldwide, so when handling care in a well-ventilated area, the risk is quite low.
VOC based glue and ITTF Board:
Since the boards of all VOCs rely on ITTF glue, most manufacturers have stopped producing them. The boards have focused on VOCs based on "glue speed" (which most top players use), because of the slightly more production, and thus pose a much higher health risk. However, since the ban, and further tests for VOCs to determine their presence, cannot distinguish between speed glue and regular glue, both useful adhesives are prohibited.
Although there are quite a few water-based glues around, many people feel they are easy to use, nor are they fast or efficient. The cement-based VOC gave the rubber a slight form of primer, which boosted their performance a bit, although not everyone found this effect noticeable. This effect is more noticeable (and useful) on Chinese rubber hard sponged than on most Euro/Japanese rubber. Water-based adhesives are also more expensive, although this is more likely because they are a new product, and prices are reasonable to settle down over time. If the rubber surface of a ping pong paddle peels off, you should use rubber-specific glue to handle them.
Some rubber has warnings about them, and recommend only using glue-based water. The author of this article has glued much rubber with VOC based glue like there are some of his friends and fellow players and has never had a problem with them. Only glue speed is likely is a problem, because it stretches the rubber quite a bit. Still, if you are worried about voiding the warranty of rubber or are very worried about damaging rubber, or health problems is a concern, then you might be better off with glue based on water.
Make your own VOC based glue:
The basic components of VOC based ping pong glue are rubber cement. Although there are variations in the paste from different manufacturers, there is not a great deal of difference between them. Cement rubber, should not be confused with contact cement, the most popular is available at art supply stores, as it is still commonly used in this area.
So you can call or visit your local art supply store and buy art cement in small to large tins ... often different from 100ml to 4000ml. All stores also seem to sell a thinner for rubber cement, which is an organic solvent (commonly used heptane) means thin down glue. Usually, the rubber is a bit thicker than regular ping pong glue, so small it down is recommended, like a too thick glue can form too strong a bond between your rubber and tongue, making it hard to remove.
In a well-ventilated area, you can thin the rubber cement down, by pouring a number into a smaller tin, and mixing with cement about 10x rubber with 1x thinner. You can try thinner first, because some adhesives may have been lighter, but usually 10: 1 ratio works well. After you put them together, combine them well with a stirrer, like a metal screwdriver or something else that isn't affected by glue, and from there it's easy to leave later. Mix well for a few minutes, until the mixture seems to fit no lumps or thick bits in it.
Currently, glue is available for you to use immediately. You can pour it into an old glue container or any box with a brush attached to the lid, because a brush makes it easy to use and spread the glue.
Personal authors continue to use this glue for most jobs that he does, as he feels it is not a better job and he does not take all the precautions necessary to ensure that it does not must be healthy. Only the time that glue water is based on is used when people ask for it, or if bats are likely to be used in a tournament where testing for VOCs can be done.
Joseph Shanley is a player and former coach, who runs several ping pong websites and is an advisor to the online table-tennis equipment store one of a kind of business. He also ran a Ping Pong Start website review with evaluation devices and posts. Read more here.
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