- Best Table Tennis Glues To Buy
- Buying Guide – Choosing the Best Table Tennis Racket Glue
- Top 7 Ping Pong Paddle Glue Kits Review (2020)
- 1. Best Overall Glue - Butterfly Free Chack
- 2. Fastest Drying Glue - JOOLA Lex Glue Green
- 3. Best Easy to Use - Donic Vario Clean Glue
- 4. Best Budget Glue - Butterfly Free Chack II
- 5. Runners Up - Killerspin Table Tennis Torque AQ Glue
- 6. Best Glue for Non-Pros - DONIC Formula First Table Tennis Glue
- 7. Most Innovative and Durable Adhesive - Nittaku Glue FineZip
- Final Verdict
Our Top Choice
The paddle is arguably the most vital tool of any table tennis player. However, it is not enough to just buy an expensive, fancy bat – you also need to regularly service it to keep it in the best shape possible and maintain a super-fast spin. The most common, and effective technique to that effect is occasionally gluing the space between the rubber coat and the wood.
So today, we will focus on the top 7 best individual glue brands in the market. Our top choice is the Butterfly Free Chack closely followed by the Killerspin Table Tennis Torque AQ Glue.
We have a host of 5 other types of racket glue worth checking out, but before we get there, here’s a small guide covering all the essentials of table tennis glue.
Best Table Tennis Glues To Buy
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Buying Guide – Choosing the Best Table Tennis Racket Glue
Selecting the best table tennis racket glue might seem like a walk in the park, but clearly it’s not. You have to carry out your research to ensure whatever type of glue you are buying is the right one for your paddle.
Applying the wrong glue can greatly affect your spin and bounce or even knock you out of your game completely. So, here are a few points you need to consider when buying a table tennis racket glue.
There are THREE basic types of table tennis racket glue:
- Water-based glues: With total bans on any glue with VOCs, waterbased glues – despite being more complicated – are the only adhesive solvent available to table tennis players who want to “roid up” their bats. They tend to bind to the blades better and thus give the sponge effect for longer.
- VOC-based glues: VOC-based glues have a strong pungent smell, and they tend to weigh more than other types of glue. They were banned in competitive games soon after the 2008 Olympics because they contain potentially poisonous chemicals. Examples of VOC-based glues are speed glue, boosters, and tuners.
- Self-adhesive sheets: These are not glues per see but double-sided transparent sheets that are adhesive on both sides. They are applied by sticking them between the blade and rubber, where one side sticks to the former and the other side to the latter. Though approved by the ITTF, these sheets cannot be used on rubbers with a sponge.
Adherence refers to the strength or quality of the glue to stick two similar or different materials together. In this case, the type of glue you buy should have strong adherence so that it can stick the rubber and sponge to the blade quickly and without wearing out.
At the same time, the glue should not leave any residue, and it should be easy to remove in case you want to replace your rubber sheets in the future.
Ease of Use
The type of glue you choose should come in a user-friendly package and it should be easy to use. The application process should be a breeze and preferably, it should have a small opening design making it easy for you to press out the glue from the tube effortlessly.
The time the glue takes to dry up after applying it to your racket is of utmost importance, since it determines how long you will have to wait before you can use your bat. Applying a fast-drying glue can come in handy especially if you are in the middle of a game and you don’t have a spare paddle to use.
The ITTF has set guidelines on which types of table tennis glue you can apply to your racket. Specific types of glues such as speed glues and boosters can help alter the spin, speed, and bounce of your bat, thus giving offensive players an undue advantage over their opponents.
Top 7 Ping Pong Paddle Glue Kits Review (2020)
1. Best Overall Glue - Butterfly Free Chack
Butterfly Inc. are the undisputed kings of the ping pong world, and consistently bless us with superb quality gear, ranging from nets to tables and rackets. The Free Chack glue is the company’s contribution to the clean adhesive movement.
As the name suggests, the Butterfly Free Chack is 100% free from any organic solvents (VOCs in particular). It is instead made from 100% Liquidized natural caoutchouc, which is basically a water-based natural rubber. Moreover, it does not emit any smell, and leaves little to no mess on the blade.
The glue comes in the form of a pure white liquid that turns transparent after drying. It is sold alongside 15 sponges and a plastic clip to help with the application.
Basically, you need to apply the Blue Chack generously and evenly on both the blade and rubber sheet (using a clipped sponge) and then give it time. When the paste turns clear (takes around 5 minutes), carefully but firmly affix the rubber sheet to the blade.
The best part is that this particular glue is super easy to remove from both the blade and rubber sheet in case you want to reapply. This essentially means you can glue and re-glue as many times as you please without leaving a spongy block of glue on your blade – which may inhibit the racket’s spin.
2. Fastest Drying Glue - JOOLA Lex Glue Green
One thing about JOOLA is, you can count on them to deliver the best, low-cost equipment for all your tennis needs. The Lex Glue Green is arguably the best budget bat glue out there. It is also approved by the ITTF, and this means it’s safe to inhale and touch. Further, it is free from all those bad and toxic solvents that characterize ordinary bat glues.
As with latex glues, the Lex Green glue is only a bit tacky, and has a ridiculously short drying time – dries within 2-3 minutes. Additionally, the moderate tackiness means you can easily wipe it off with your fingers in case you put in too much and it seeps out of the sides.
While some may argue that a bottle contains too little glue (20ml), the counter-argument would be that the glue has low viscosity, which means only a small amount is needed to cover one side of the blade. It also means you can easily remove it with a moist sponge whenever you want to reglue.
Sounds good, right?
3. Best Easy to Use - Donic Vario Clean Glue
The Vario Clean Glue comes in a 90ml can (just like the Butterfly Free Chack) but is significantly cheaper.
Nonetheless, the Vario Clean Glue takes more time to dry (approx. 5 – 7 minutes), which may or may not matter to you, depending on your competitive level. And if it is not obvious by now, the glue is VOC-free and made in line with ITTF rules and regulations. And on that note we have to say this – when shopping for a paddle glue, check whether there’s an ITTF badge on the bottle. The presence of one indicates that the glue is legal and approved for all sorts of competitions.
Included in the packaging is an applicator clip, alongside 15 disposable sponges so you can keep your hands clean and dry through the potentially multiple application processes. Moreover, it is not clumpy and gets off surfaces very easily, although you may need to use a rough cloth or moist sponges for that.
4. Best Budget Glue - Butterfly Free Chack II
Since we liked the original Butterfly Free Chack so much, it was only right to consider the sequel, which more than matched up to expectations. Apart from being a cheaper alternative to the original, Blue Chack II is way more effective when used on Butterfly Spring Sponge rubbers (including Dignics, Spin Art, and Tenergy).
If you regularly deal with the modern plastic balls, which are harder than the traditional ones, you will also find that this glue gives more spin and speed than the original Blue Chack. Another reason to like it is the fact that it comes in 3 different sizes; 20ml, 100 ml, and 500 ml, with the former two coming in smallish cans that can fit even in your wallet.
But wait, there is more…
The glue is also easy to spread and remove, and binds the rubber to the blade much better than the Blue Chack. Furthermore, it dries up in about 5 minutes and smells quite nice when both wet and dry.
5. Runners Up - Killerspin Table Tennis Torque AQ Glue
Second on the list is arguably the most classy and aesthetically pleasing racket glue in the market right now. The Torque AQ Glue is Chicago-based Killerspin’s response to all the water-based greatness their competitors ( Butterfly, Joola and Donic) have churned out since 2008. And boy, what a package!
First off, the glue is 100% free from organic solvents and has an average thickness rating of medium, which essentially means its adhesive qualities are way above average. The only downside to that is that it’s a bit difficult to apply – or rather, spread around – on your ordinary blade or rubber surface.
But then again, every pack contains 15 disposable sponges and an applicator clip to help you get the job done as perfectly and safely as possible. The glue is also easy to remove even when dry, especially when you use the provided sponges.
To cap it all off, the Torque AQ glue also comes with a limited 30-day warranty. In essence, the manufacturer guarantees that the adhesive will get the job done for a month, at the very least!
6. Best Glue for Non-Pros - DONIC Formula First Table Tennis Glue
DONIC Formula First table tennis glue is another great adhesive that is not only clean and effective, but also exceptionally easy to apply and wipe off. Moreover, it comes in a 25 ml bottle, is completely free of VOCs and is made from the safer natural rubber (it is harmless to both human skin, and the rubber sheet)
The best part is that the glue is quite thick, and the manufacturers made a point of packaging it together with a disposable sponge for ease of applying it. It gives a nice, stable bind while being easy to take off, and takes about 7 minutes to dry. If you’re using new rubber sheets, you may want to give it at least 2 layers of adhesive to get a good stick.
7. Most Innovative and Durable Adhesive - Nittaku Glue FineZip
Nittaku FineZip is one of the leading latex-based glues in the market, and is a relieving breath of fresh air as far as ping pong glues go. For one, it has near perfect adhesive qualities, and is able to stick to surfaces better and for longer than ordinary glues.
This glue product doesn’t have volatile organic solvents (voc) and is in line with ITTF standards. In terms of safety issues, it’s safe for handling with bare hands, and the formula also dries quickly within 5 mins.
Incredibly, the Nittaku does not require double application – you only need to apply it on the rubber sheet, the technique is to place enough of the paste-like substance on the surface before spreading it. With enough practice, you’ll be able to avoid clumping.
So, basically here’s a glue that’s not only long-lasting, but also more economical since you only need to apply it on the rubbers and not the wood – which means you use half the amount you would use with any other glue per session. Suffice to say, the Nittaku is one of the best racket glue products out there, and is definitely worth a try if ordinary water-based glues don’t work well for you. Yes, you read that right!
All said and done, the specific type of glue you buy depends on your needs and of course, budget restrictions, and we’ve tried our best to include a wide variety of legal glues to make your choices easier. We do hope that you will make a great decision in that regard.
On our part, the Butterfly Free Chack presents the best value for money, and is without doubt the best ping pong glue in the market right now. For one, it is very easy to apply and remove, does not smell, leaves no mess, it dries very fast and its adhesive properties are exceptional. Moreover, it is made from 100% liquidized natural caoutchouc (water-based natural rubber), which makes it one of the best options for environmentally conscious individuals.
So what are you waiting for? Get one today!