Can you clarify what you mean by "nick" in the pool table cloth? Is it just a white scuff mark (actually a burn) or did an actual portion of the cloth get scraped, thus leaving an indent? Or is the pool table cloth actually torn, as in it is ripped? Is the "nick" right down to the slate/base of the pool table?
Most pool table technicians I've talked to say that patching pool table cloth is the worst case scenario, and should be absolutely avoided if you can afford a new cloth installation. They said that you should stay away from pool table cloth patching because it introduces inconsistency to the way the pool table plays.
If cloth replacement is not feasible for you, however, you can look at some other options.
If the pool table cloth was torn or ripped on the head spot (where you break from) you could put a "spot" over it and forget it but I fear from your description that's probably not the case. Search this forum for tefco master spots for more info.
Some players with small rips, nicks, and tears in their pool table cloth simply ignore them, and others might try to fix the billiard table cloth with a little glue underneath. But again, that type of repair leaves you with a lump that interferes slightly with play and affects the consistency of the play of the billiard table.
If you can't put up with one of those solutions, then have the table re-covered. Re-covering just the base/slate portion of the pool table is the easiest. I don't recommend trying to recover the rails yourself if you haven't done it before. If you are hiring someone, get the whole thing done.
You could probably find a table mechanic to professionally recover the rails plus the bed/slate with a good grade of cloth for $200-$300.
This guy is seriously one of the best at fixing ripped cloth. Something like this could save you cost of a new pool table cloth. If you read the comments in the video he'll tell you why you should NEVER use glue, and why he is "the" authority on the matter.
Never use Glue- when the table comes to get recovered the glue will have to be removed and this will cause a dip in the slate- the slate will need replacing- very very expensive!
No- Honestly. You would get away with it on a Pool Table because they are rarely ironed but a full sized table is ironed on a daily basis and the patch would just fall off. Also, the patches are much more heavier than cotton and will affect play. Thanks.
You might ask why is stitching your pool table cloth any better than using glue? Here's why, according to the author.
Just make sure you give the table a really hot iron after stitching. See if you use glue of any kind, then iron the table it will be like applying soft chewing gum to the cloth! Hope i helped you. peterioann (10 months ago) Reply Hi,Sorry if i sounded rude but 40- years in the trade and working in the trade for 30 years and recovering tables for world champion snooker players and the prince of Sudan does qualify my to say my bit- lol! Seriously thou, i can do a stitch that is so flat you can run a ball right over it without knowing Never use glue on the slate- of any kind. The glue will never come off without having to sand it off and cause a dip in the slate. Some of the biggest snooker companies will tell you never to use any form of adhesive on the face of the slate!
He sells the kits too, on easysnooker.co.uk I think.
My pool table is a Brunswick Ventura 2 that I bought second hand and had set back up by a professional pool table installer.
I thought the cloth was fine when I took the billiard table apart and stored it for a couple of months. I just had it set up today. I did not notice the very small tear at first but I found it when the ball came to rest near it.
The tear does go right down to the slate, but it is so small that the ball could roll over and virtually not be deflected. I also looked closer at the overall pool table playing surface and see two more micro tears.
Could this happen if the installers stretch the felt too much during the pool table installation?