Cushion replacement is by far the most hacked of all the pool table repair services and really should only be done by professionals. We have encountered rubber that has been done with tape, staples, Elmer’s glue, put on upside down, clothed over too quickly or even had the totally wrong profile of rubber used. It happens all too often, but if you let us take care of it, it won’t happen to you.
Fact of life, rubber does come unglued occasionally. Age, someone putting a lot of weight in one spot (like sitting on the table), it happens. But natural causes were not to blame here… This was brand new, recently installed rubber. A good eye (maybe a better picture) and you can see some of the old rubber still stuck to the wood…
Ahh yes… some of the old rubber and all of the old glue. This new rubber never had a chance. Not properly preparing the surface leads to the rubber coming off, not being straight and playing poorly. This pool table hacker really took shortcuts here.
Fast forward a half hour… after block planing and sanding the surface is properly prepped. This picture really does not do justice to the size of the pile of crap we had to take off these rails to properly prepare them for gluing new rubber on but it was significant, and we had to do it on every rail. Hackers take shortcuts. And although their services are cheaper, you get what you pay for.
Also, beware of someone only wanting to change 1 or 2 of your cushions. If the rubber on a couple cushions is bad then 99% of the time it is because of faulty rubber. There are a few different types / brands of rubber, some on very high end name brand tables that are known for being defective. Oftentimes we will see that someone has a mismatched set of rubber when we do a recloth and what do you know, the rubber that was not changed is now deteriorated as well. This should have been done right the first time! Under very very rare circumstances, if it is conclusively determined by us that the rubber has gone due to an environmental condition we may only change a single piece only if we can get the identical brand rubber, and even still we will recommend the complete job for the sake of playability and doing the job right.