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A real low and short no-spin serve can give you some easy points in matches, as they are difficult to flip hard, and they require good timing to push hard. Mix it up with a heavy backspin in the same spot. Remember to get it short, the ball should bounce short on your side close to the net...

 Tibhar Clean Tuning / Clean Tuning Extra

Clean Tuning is a product that provides the same effect as speed glue: speed, sound and game sensation--But it is not a glue. Clean Tuning contains no VOCs and is legal under new ITTF guidelines. After the application of Clean Tuning the effect lasts for about 14 days during which you will not need to do a second application. Clean Tuning is to be applied on the back of the rubber only (to the sponge). To adhere the rubber to the blade you then need to use a self adhesive film or a VOC-free glue.

Clean Tuning Extra is a product that provides the same effect as speed glue: speed, sound and game sensation--But it is not a glue. Clean Tuning contains no VOCs and is legal under new ITTF guidelines. After the application of Clean Tuning the effect lasts for about 4 WEEKS during which you will not need to do a second application. Clean Tuning is to be applied on the back of the rubber only (to the sponge). To adhere the rubber to the blade you then need to use a self adhesive film or a VOC-free glue.

Detailed instructions on how to use this new product can be found in the PDF here:

http://neu.tibhar.de/downloads/VOC-free%20table%20tennis.pdf

Warning: This product (and all other speed glues and alternatives) stretch the rubber, increasing the tension on the topsheet. Some high tension rubbers or Tensors are not designed to be used with speed glue or alternatives as it put too much tension on the topsheet. Some rubber are glued together better than others, so using speed glue or alternatives, there is always a risk of damage to the rubber.

Differences between Clean Tuning and Clean Tuning Extra

According to Tibhar, and as confirmed by several players, the difference between the 2 products are listed below:

The Clean Tuning (CT) acts quicker, is quicker to dry but results in it not lasting for as long (2 weeks). The Clean Tuning Extra (CTE) takes longer to dry but lasts longer. Tibhar tells me the effect of both products is the same.

So in our opinion, to make the choice, consider;

CT is:
- Cheaper
- a good option if you just want to try it to see what it's like.
- Quicker to dry, so of you need to glue up just before an event it may be better
- You can put in more layers within a shorter period for greater effect
- Perhaps more suitable for players that play at irregular intervals, and only glue up for certain events.

CTE:
- A little more expensive
- Takes more time treat the rubber, so you need to plan ahead
- More suitable for players that play at regular times, and just need to glue up once every 3-4 weeks.

Review and instruction (by Alex)

Warning: This product (and all other speed glues and alternatives) stretch the rubber, increasing the tension on the topsheet. Some high tension rubbers or Tensors are not designed to be used with speed glue or alternatives as it put too much tension on the topsheet.

Instructions:

Note: Below are my own notes and tips, please read the the instruction that come with the product first and follow them carefully.


1. Put the rubber with the sponge up onto a flat surface. If the rubber has a plastic protection sheet on the topsheet, remove this first. This allows the topsheet to stretch with the sponge as it expands, reducing the strain on the topsheet and the bond to the sponge.

2. Apply a layer of Tibhar Clean Tuning Extra onto the sponge covering the complete surface evenly. Note the applicator is a little tricky to get going the very first time. I found I needed to push the sponge on the tip down many times while sqeezing the bottle, to get the liquid to come out. Once it starts coming out, rub the whole tip into it and keep sqeezing until the whole tip is saturated with the liquid. Then it becomes easy to apply onto the sponge consistently and evenly.

3. Wait for it to soak in and for the sponge surface to feel dry. This only takes about 10mins or so, probably depending on weather conditions. The rubber will slowly start 'doming', which is normal and expected.


4. At this point you will probably wish add the next layer for greater effect, and keep repeating for more effect. As the doming becomes greater, you may have to push down the rubber sheet to stop it from 'scrolling up', as this may get some of the liquid onto the topsheet.

WARNING: The 'doming' effect as the sponge is expanding puts strain on the topsheet and the bond between the topsheet and sponge. There is a limit on how much strain a rubber can handle, depending on the type and quality of the rubber. The majority of rubbers should be able to handle 4-5 layers, but take care adding too many.

5. After the final layer, leave the rubber to dry until the dome starts coming down. Pictured below is the dome after 5 layers 24hrs later.

It is highly recommended to leave the rubber until the dome is well down, as it may be very hard to get it to stick to the blade if you don't. It also allow the liquid to fully activate within the sponge, which takes time. Note that the effect of the dome coming down is not an indication of the effect wearing off, but merely the topsheet stretching further, allowing the rubber to flatten out.

6. Now the rubber is ready to be attached to the blade. If there is any residue or dirt on the sponge (not likely), wipe it off with a tissue or dry cloth...
It is recommended to use a water based glue to attach the rubber to the blade. The water based glue is very easy to remove before the next application (after the effect wear off).

7. After gluing and clamping the rubber to the blade, it's ready to use for play. The effect should last for about 3-4 weeks, and should be quite consistent during this period. 

8. When the effect starts to wear off, remove the rubber from the blade. As is usually good practice with any speed gluing procedure, leave the rubber off the blade for at least 24h, to allow it to shrink a little since it's been under high tension for such a long time.

9. Remove the layer of glue from the rubber. This allows better penetration of the Tuning to the sponge, and might avoid making a mess when the liquid mixed with the glue layer. As there will still be significant active components present in the sponge, less applications are required to get the same effect (exactly how much less may take a little experimenting as this depends on the initial application, the duration it was used for and the rubber type).

10. Repeat from step 3., remembering that less liquid will be required to give the same effect for another 3-4 weeks.

Review of Tibhar Clean Tuning Extra  (by Alex):

I used the Tibhar Clean Tuning Extra on a Tulpe 007 Japanese sponge (40-43 deg), on a Galaxy ALL+ blade.

I followed the procedure above, applying 5 layers of the liquid. As you can see from the picture above, the final dome was huge and I did not want to add further layers! Obviously this will vary from rubber to rubbers with difference sponges and hardness's.

After the 5 layers I left the rubber to dry for about 36hrs. By this time the dome was still quite large, but had started to come down a little. Next time I'll most likely leave it a little longer again, making the gluing to the blade a lot easier.

Since I have a durometer (specifically for measuring sponge hardness), I measured the sponge hardness before and after the rubber treatment. Although the absolute readings are yet to be worked out, I would estimate the sponge hardness dropped by about 3 degrees. This is quite impressive for a VOC free alternative! More layers may drop this further.

Since the dome was quite big, and I had never used a water based normal glue before, I had a little trouble getting the rubber to stick, but eventually got it stuck to the blade fairly well.

Well the results were not disappointing, the speed glue effect was great! There was a huge increase in speed and spin, and the rubber felt significantly softer too. The sounds was not quite as loud as with some VOC glues I've used, but the effect and feel was virtually the same!

More layers of Tibhar CTE would likely offer even more effect. I also still have to test how long the effect lasts and how consistent they are, and how well the 2nd application works... However this products and the Falco Tempo Booster are the best I've seen so far and very impressive, and certainly genuine alternative to VOC speed glues.

I have yet to test the Tibhar Clean Tuning (without Extra), which I would expect to produce similar results. I'm not sure what the difference is between the 2 as yet... I suspect it's a slightly less concentrated version since it last about 2 weeks. The advantage of this would be that the rubber would not be under tension for the full 4 weeks, and can shrink back a little before re-tuning after 2 weeks. It is also cheaper...

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