A Viable Alternative to Expensive Table Tennis Brand Glues
General thoughts: In my constant search for cheaper alternatives to (legal) gluing, I came across this bad boy. For the price, I have never seen a better table tennis glue. This stuff is extremely strong and behaves much like Butterfly Free Chack – but at a fraction of the cost. This paddle was glued together with a thin layer on both the sponge and the blade, and as you can see, the bond was REALLY intense. I have noticed that even after using a tear-mender-glued-rubber for several months, the bond does not lose it’s strength and re-gluing to maintain speed and grip does not seem necessary.
However, my review isn’t all positive. First off, this glue is extremely finicky when you try to spread it. I personally use my fingers to spread the glue on the blade and have often noticed that the Tear Mender dries up really quickly. If you rub your finger over the same spot on the blade more than a couple of times, it will start to clump up. Aside from clumping easily, another downside that I have found to this glue is that sometimes the bond created may be too strong (yes, it’s possible) for the rubber. The bond created between the rubber and the blade is stronger than anything I have experienced. For the most part it hasn’t been a problem for me, but when I was testing out the infamously poorly crafted Galaxy Moon and Galaxy Sun rubbers, the sponge did tear apart when I removed the rubbers from the blade. However, I prefer to discredit the craftsmanship of Galaxy products rather than the efficacy of Tear Mender.
- Extremely strong bond between the rubber and the blade
- Bond strength does not wear off over time, making frequent re-gluing unnecessary
- Can be difficult to spread on the blade / clumps easily
- Bond may actually be considered too strong for some rubbers, causing the sponge to rip
- Although tournament legal, it is not an official table tennis brand glue and some players may have a problem with this (those of you wearing Butterfly boxers and Stiga shower caps may want to turn away now)