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Paddle Assembly
1) Apply a thin, but even coat of rubber cement to the sponge backing of the rubber sheet. The rubber cement should cover the entire sponge surface of the rubber sheet that will cover the wood of the blade.
2) Apply a thin, but even coat of rubber cement to just one side of the wood blade.
3) Allow the rubber cement to dry to a tackiness on both the wood blade and the sponge on the rubber sheet. This usually takes a few minutes.

4) To apply the rubber sheet to the blade, begin by holding the rubber sheet with the molded rubber name at the bottom. Center the rubber sheet over the wood blade, and line up the bottom of the rubber sheet to the top of the racket handle. Hold the rubber sheet in a curled back fashion, as depicted in the above photo. Then carefully, place the rubber sheet directly to the wood blade starting at the bottom, and slowly rolling the rubber sheet onto the surface of the blade.
5) After the rubber has been applied to one side of the blade, turn the blade over so the newly applied rubber is side down. Set only the head of the blade on a table top, with the handle of the blade off the edge of the table.

Place a book or other item with a flat, even surface over the head of the blade. Press firmly on the book and hold for a minute or two. The book will serve to evenly distribute the pressure on the racket protecting the rubber and insuring the best bond between the rubber and the wood.
6) Trim the rubber sheet with either a Xacto knife or scissors.

If you use a Xacto knife, it is important NOT to try to cut through the entire rubber sheet in one cut. It is advisable to first trace around the edge of the blade lightly with the Xacto knife, cutting a grove in the sponge. Trace over this grove with the Xacto knife repeatedly, until the cut is all the way through both the sponge and rubber layer. When cutting, use the edge of the wood blade as a guide and hold the Xacto knife as perpendicular to the table top as possible. This will provide the smoothest edge.
If you use a scissors, start at the bottom of the racket head and cut around the entire head of the racket. Use the wood blade as a guide and try to cut as close to the wood blade as possible.

Repeat steps 1 - 6 for the opposite side of the paddle.
7) Apply side tape to protect the edge of the paddle.

It is helpful to first put a thin layer of rubber cement over the edge of the paddle for added adherence of the side tape.

Start at the bottom edge of the rubber sheet on one side and center the tape on the side edge of the paddle. Press down on the beginning of the tape to secure a bond.
8) Pull taught the tape and apply around the remaining paddle edge. Cut the side tape where the rubber ends on the other side of the paddle.

Replacing the Rubber on an Already Assembled Paddle

Grip the rubber and sponge at the bottom of the paddle head. Peel off from the wood. If any sponge residue remains on the wood, remove carefully with a scraper and/or sandpaper


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