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So I bought my table about a year ago used. Nice enough table at a good price, only paid $100 used.
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The rail and vinyl are in good shape, and the table foam under the felt is still firm.
But… the felt is trash and all balled up.
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My question is do I need to pull all of the staples and remove the old felt? It seems like a massive pain in the ass!
Has anyone ever just layed new felt or speed cloth over the top of old felt? If so how did it turn out? Any advice for this project would be appreciated. I’m looking to re-cloth this table before my next game.
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Jon
 

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So I bought my table about a year ago used. Nice enough table at a good price, only paid $100 used.
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The rail and vinyl are in good shape, and the table foam under the felt is still firm.
But… the felt is trash and all balled up.
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My question is do I need to pull all of the staples and remove the old felt? It seems like a massive pain in the ass!
Has anyone ever just layed new felt or speed cloth over the top of old felt? If so how did it turn out? Any advice for this project would be appreciated. I’m looking to re-cloth this table before my next game.
Thanks,
Jon
You definitely can go right over it!
 
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I've re-felted my table twice now (once to put better foam under and new felt) and it's really not a big production and totally worth doing it right. Give yourself an hour or so to remove the old felt and tack down the new one and you'll be happy you did it.

A second person to help hold the new felt taut while getting the first handful of staples in doesn't hurt, but it's not necessary.
 

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I would not recommend refelting over that material. If you were refelting over SSC, it would be fine but you'll likely feel the texture of the old fabric through the new.

The proper way would be to remove all staples. If you want to shortcut, you can just cut the old cloth off near the staples, then apply the new felt. I wouldn't recommend doing this though if you plan to refelt the table often, the layers can add up quickly and cause fitment issues. Even 1 layer can cause trouble depending on how the table is built.
 

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You definitely can go right over it!
Curious,
Have you ever put a second layer on top? If so, how did it turn out? Seems like the general consensus is to put in the work and do it right so I’m leaning that way…
 

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Curious,
Have you ever put a second layer on top? If so, how did it turn out? Seems like the general consensus is to put in the work and do it right so I’m leaning that way…
Yeah but it was over speed cloth so I think it’s a different example than yours. Sounds like these guys had better experience.
 

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I would not recommend refelting over that material. If you were refelting over SSC, it would be fine but you'll likely feel the texture of the old fabric through the new.

The proper way would be to remove all staples. If you want to shortcut, you can just cut the old cloth off near the staples, then apply the new felt. I wouldn't recommend doing this though if you plan to refelt the table often, the layers can add up quickly and cause fitment issues. Even 1 layer can cause trouble depending on how the table is built.
Seems like sound advice. I didn’t even think about being able to feel the texture of the old balled up cloth underneath…
 

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That's actually felt, like others have said just do it the right way.

Spray glue, foam, speed-felt, couple clamps, and a staple gun.

Edit: Amazing find btw
 

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I removed the staples with a flat-head screwdriver, reused the foam, and replaced the felt with new speed cloth. No glue, which worked well because l pulled the cloth really tight (and then some).

If I could do that, ANYBODY should be able to do it!!!

Spray glue, foam, speed-felt, couple clamps, and a staple gun.
What are the clamps for?
 

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I removed the staples with a flat-head screwdriver, reused the foam, and replaced the felt with new speed cloth. No glue, which worked well because l pulled the cloth really tight (and then some).

If I could do that, ANYBODY should be able to do it!!!


What are the clamps for?
Clamps are for stretching the speed-felt and getting it perfectly flat.

Folding the felt over the edge, clamping it to the edge after bringing it taught. Then you can staple and cut away excess.
 
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