Probably you might be purchasing a custom table tennis equipment and you must have seen an additional low cost/free option called as blade lacquering or sealing of blade. What’s really in this small detail available at the time of purchase and how does it really affect your racket? Let’s dig into this blade lacquering -
Blade Lacquering or sometimes used as blade sealing is a pretty standard techniques that is used by sellers to add a thin layer of varnish on the table tennis blades before assembling rubbers. Ofcourse the layers can be added thick also but that drastically changes the property of the blade. It is a good technique that is used to protect the blade from splintering of wood while removing rubber for the blade.
As you might have judged, if you change your rubbers regularly then using this sealing technique, your blade will be less vulnerable to splitting of wood in smaller pieces as you have added a layer of varnish on your blade. Also the strength of your racket wood has been increased using varnish and the glue adhesive won’t be able to penetrate in the wood at molecular levels. This doesn’t mean that you racket is completely saved from any wood splintering, only thing is it will increase the possibility of saving your blade.
The higher the layer of varnish, the higher is the protection of wood with higher changes in blade characteristics.
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Well, the hard fact is that blade lacquering changes the property of your blade. You can seal the blade but it will make the racket faster and that’s not a big downside unless you are concerned with minor details of playing characteristics of the blade.
Blade sealing is a tedious process, personally I will recommend you to get it done from a professional as this requires to be done in a careful way and their is a lot of mess as the varnish get’s spilled. Unlike rubbers, you will need to even seal the edges of the blade and accidentally you might add more amount of varnish than you initially thought of adding. I personally order blades which I change rubber frequently with blade lacquering.
Blade Lacquering is a good sealing technique of table tennis blade that can help protect your table tennis blade and increase overall life of your blade. Afterall, you can change rubbers multiple times. Only downside is that it affects the original properties of the wood and makes the racket faster. Our recommendation -
It is down to personal choice, some people take precautions and some people take small measures to prevent their equipment. It’s upto you what really is your objective.
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