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Topic: Finally how to make Ping Pong balls easy to manipulate
Message: Posted by: Carron (Nov 15, 2003 03:29PM)
Take some ordinary nail enamel and apply rings of it to the ball so your ball is almost zebra striped with nail enamel, now you will find the changes in texture of the ball make it easier to manipulate and more tactile.

BTW the nail enamel wasn't mine.

From a very MALE Tom.
Message: Posted by: -The Scot- (Nov 15, 2003 04:30PM)
Interesting, how did you stumble across this method?
Message: Posted by: magic4u02 (Nov 15, 2003 08:35PM)
Another easy method is to simply dip the balls in liquid latex. Liquid latex comes in a variety of colors so you can actually change the balls to whatever color you may need. The latex drys and gives the balls a rubber texture. I have not tried this myself but think it should work fairly well.
Message: Posted by: yosef_dov (Nov 15, 2003 09:08PM)
I wonder if that "Plasti-Dip" stuff sold in hardware stores would work? It's sold for rubberizing the handles of tools (the picture on the can is someone dipping pliers into it).

Now I might have to play.

Message: Posted by: magic4u02 (Nov 15, 2003 09:12PM)
Joe that might work very well. It is the same type of thing.
Message: Posted by: -The Scot- (Nov 16, 2003 04:01AM)
Kyle, if you dipped the balls in liquid latex how would you get it out and how would it dry evenly, gravity would make drips fall of and chances are it would dry with a bump where gravity was acting on the excess latex.

Do you see what I mean?

You can actually push a ping pong inside of an inflated 260 modelling balloon, burst it and you are left with a layer or balloon skin around the ball, which is very good texture for manipulation!
Message: Posted by: magic4u02 (Nov 16, 2003 07:56AM)
Very true indeed but I have heard others using something like this. Or maybe they used a spray type of applicator. I am not 100% sure on that but I know it can be done. I also like your balloon suggestion.
Message: Posted by: yosef_dov (Nov 16, 2003 09:59AM)
In another thread, someone talked about brushing on latex (from their makeup kit)... I guess you do part of the ball, let it dry, then finish up...
Message: Posted by: Carron (Nov 16, 2003 10:29AM)
In answer to how I stumbled upon this method Kevin, I was using the nail enamel to paint some of my new mint coins to keep them shiny for years and I had previously been thinking about how a ping pong ball would be made so that it is easier to manipulated and so I grabbed the nearest ping pong ball and away I went

Again I'd like to reitterate the fact that the nail enamel wasn't mine

A very masculine Tom :approve: