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Thursday, April 24, 2014

STAPLES VS. GLUE

In olden days pool table felt was affixed to the table with tacks which eventually gave way to staples. Some cloth fitters in European countries still use tacks when installing cloth on snooker tables. Tacks and staples have given way to glue - more specifically contact adhesive. The advantages of glue are getting complete adhesion of the cloth to the slate edge and you don't bomb out the wood slate liner with tack/staple holes since the cloth adheres to the slate, not the liner. The glue used by professionals is 3M-10 Scotchweld. It's not cheap but works great and actually permits relatively easy removal of cloth from the slate when it's time to recover your table. If you decide to try it make sure to read the instructions and allow the glue to dry before adhering the cloth to the slate.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

New Colors for 2014 in ProForm Pool Table felt

ProForm pool table felt is now available in 2 new colors - Tournament Blue and Red. You can find out more and also order at Our ProForm Pool Table felt Page

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Helpful Info on Recovering Your Pool Table

There are 2 types of pocket pool tables which are the bar style (coin-op) 1-piece slate pool table and the standard home or commercial style 3-piece slate pool table. On bar style tables many owners have trouble recovering the rails with new pool table felt cloth since the rails are different then those found on a standard or commercial style table.

We made a short video on recovering bar style pool table rails which should help. Regardless of the type of pool table it's important to note that the new pool table felt should be pulled tight but not overstretched on the rails. Overstretching will usually result in dimples in the rubber cushion.

When it comes to installing pool table felt on the slate we particularly like the Diamond pool table recovering video part 1 and part 2. This method is useful whether you have a 1-piece or 3-piece slate pool table. The glue used in this video is 3M-10 Scotchweld which is available here. Although some tables can be stapled we've found that glue gives much better results.

A word on Stretch Index. When installing pool table felt on the slate always adhere the felt to the slate on 1 long side of the table first. Then go to the other side, stretch the cloth to the max between the side and either end pocket and make a small mark on the felt cloth at the top edge of the slate. Let go of the felt and take a measurement from the opposite edge of the slate back to your mark. Add a 1/2" to this measurement and this figure is your stretch index. Now mark the cloth in several places along the long side of the uninstalled cloth. Use a straightedge to draw a line across your marks. Now when you start installing this side of the felt cloth you stretch the cloth so your line is pulled to this edge of the slate. This assures that your felt cloth is stretched evenly from side to side.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

High Quality Pool Table Felt for Less

ProForm pool table felt is an excellent quality and economical alternative to our professional grade pool table felt.

 Comparable in speed and durability, ProForm is a 23oz worsted cloth pool table felt with a blend of 70% wool and 30% nylon available in 12 colors. ProForm is a step up to competition quality, nap-free pool table felt that won't pill or shed fibers like standard woolen cloths. ProForm offers great playability and value at a middle of the road price.

See the 12 ProForm pool table felt colors here.

New Simonis Pool Table Felt Colors Added

We recently added the 2 new Simonis 860 color choices making this pool table felt available in a total of 22 colors which you can view here - Simonis 860 Pool Table Felt Colors

New color - Simonis Slate


New color - Simonis Mocha

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Prices Go Up Again

Wool prices increased again resulting in higher retail prices for major brand pool table felt and cloth. Be wary if you find lowball prices for brands like Simonis and Championship - you may receive an imitation rather then a genuine product!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Hot billiard cloth color for 2011

The hot cloth color this year is Simonis 860 in Tournament Blue. This color was scientifically developed to better focus on the balls and is now the color of choice in many professional billiards events.

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