A shuffleboard table only provides a good playing experience if it is maintained properly. If you don’t maintain your table, you could end up with an uneven playing field or an unlevel board. The good news is maintaining them actually requires very little work. Read on to discover the little tips and tricks that will help you get the most out of your table investment.
Perhaps the most important tip for maintaining your shuffleboard table is where you keep it. You want to avoid keeping it near the sunlight. So, don’t keep the table outside, and don’t store it near any windows either. The sun can dry out the silicone spray on the board, and it could even cause the board to warp a little bit. Needless to say, this isn’t ideal for your playing experience.
The next thing you need to do is to get a level or a straight edge. Place the level on the playing surface. Check to see if you can slide a sheet of paper underneath the level. Do this at each spot on the board where there’s a climate adjuster. If the piece of paper won’t slide under the center of the level, this means your playing surface is too high in the middle. As a result, you need to make the board more concave.
To do this, you’ll have to adjust the climate adjusters. This could vary depending on the type of board you have, so your best bet is to look at the manufacturer’s instructions for your shuffleboard table.
It’s also important to make sure your board is clean before you wax it for the first time. The type of cleaner you should use varies depending upon the type of board you have. Again, this is where it comes in handy to have the manufacturer’s instructions for your particular table. You don’t want to use a cleaning solution that could strip or otherwise ruin your board.
You can then apply wax to your playing surface. Make sure to buff the wax on lightly with a dry towel until you have a smooth surface. This is something you’ll probably need to do a couple of times each month if you use your table on a regular basis.
Once the wax is on, you can then apply a silicone spray for shuffleboard tables. Make sure the spray you use is specially made for shuffleboard playing surfaces as other finishes could create a poor playing surface.
Finally, after the silicone spray has dried, apply table powder to the board and you’re all done. You now have a board that’s ready for action!
Remember, maintenance varies depending upon the type of table you have and the amount of time you spend playing. If you play frequently, it might be necessary for you to clean and wax your board more often than a casual player.
It’s also important that you get a good table from the start. The best tables are made of high quality wood that’s built to last. These tables certainly still require maintenance, but they also stand the test of time better than cheap tables. And since they are made of better materials, the playing experience on them is superior.
If you’re looking to buy a shuffleboard table, always focus on the playing surface. Make sure it is of the highest quality, and always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for care and maintenance precisely. This will help you keep your table at its very best for as long as possible.
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