How to Boost Your Table Tennis Rubber

Yesterday I wrote an article recommending Falco Tempo Long Booster as the best table tennis booster. Then it dawned on me that I’ve never explained how to boost your table tennis rubber.

In this blog post, I will try to simply explain the boosting process. I’m not condoning boosting in any way – and it is officially against ITTF competition rules – but if you want to give it a try, this should help.

How to boost your table tennis rubber

It’s much easier to learn this kind of thing from a video, rather than a blog post. Fortunately, there is a brilliant video already on YouTube that shows the entire process.

The following video was created by PP Station (who are based in Hong Kong). Don’t worry, it has English subtitles!

In this video, they apply a thin layer of water-based glue to the sponge before using the booster. I hadn’t come across this method before but from reading this thread on it sounds like it could be beneficial.

Here are my step-by-step instructions for how to boost your table tennis rubber…

  1. Remove your rubber from the packaging and take off the rubber protector – if there is one.
  2. Apply a thin layer of water-based glue to the sponge.
  3. Allow it to dry fully (roughly 20 minutes).
  4. Apply a thin layer of booster to the sponge.
  5. Allow it to dry fully (roughly 24 hours).
  6. The rubber should now be domed/curved.
  7. Apply a second thin layer of booster – if required.
  8. Allow it to dry fully (roughly 24 hours).
  9. If the rubber is too domed/curved you should wait another day before glueing.
  10. Glue the rubber to the blade using water-based glue.

If you would like to learn the basic process of glueing a table tennis rubber to a blade, using water-based glue, please check out my article How to Build Your Own Custom Table Tennis Bat.

If you would like to buy some Falco Tempo Long Booster you can do so via or;

To learn more about Falco Tempo Long Booster please read my blog post The Best Table Tennis Booster.

This is probably the shortest blog post I have written in a very long time! As always, if you have any questions please leave a comment below and I will do my best to reply quickly.