How To Bring Your Bowling Ball Back To Life
Learning how to bring your bowling ball back to life
is fairly easy. First, one recommended option is to use the services of your local pro shop who will discuss with you the various techniques on how to bring your bowling ball back to life
. Pro shops are equipped with high speed bowling ball spinners
and varying grits of Abralon pads
and with polishes which allow for the surface of your bowling ball to be screened with any given texture or grit of pad to prepare for the particular lane conditions you most frequently encounter and to restore the ball surface to very near new condition.
The process of using a bowling ball spinner allows for the ball to first have the coverstock surface screened with a heavy grit pad with a water application to open the pores of the ball and remove most of the oil from the ball. Because the ball spins at a rapid rate and may be re-positioned on the spinner as needed, the pro shop operator uses a screening process which evenly applies pressure to all parts of the ball surface thereby reducing or removing minor scratches incurred from use on the lanes. After using a dull pad with a heavy texture application to the ball surface, the ball may next be screened with a finer pad or series of pads to smooth the surface and more closely match the desired finish you seek for your next trip to the lanes.
The pro shops also provide polishing compounds so if you need to add polish after screening of the bowling ball surface, it can be easily accomplished. Polishes
restore the shiny appearance to the bowling ball surface and enhance ball skid when the ball is delivered down the lane. Polishes are available in varying grit densities and have the capabilities of not only shining the ball to increase skid but to also ensure the ball creates a reasonable degree of friction on the lane surface and prevents an over-skid reaction.
Make sure you communicate with the pro shop which final surface finish you desire before leaving the bowling ball for maintenance. Because of the wide range of surface preparation strategies available, it is your responsibility to communicate clearly the desired outcome you seek.
Another feature many pro shops offer is a machine which virtually bakes the oil from the coverstock pores of bowling balls. This machine will clear saturated oil in the bowling ball coverstock by means of a heating process and then the ball can be screened on the bowling ball spinner to add any surface texture or grit finish desired. It is generally not recommended by any bowling ball manufacturer to bake your bowling ball at home in your oven as the danger of drying out the "plastisizers" used in the ball construction process might adversely affect the ball reaction on the lane or cause possible coverstock damage. Use of pro shop services is the recommended method of restoring life to your bowling ball. For more information on this topic, please watch Talk Bowling Episode 59 - How to Remove Oil From a Bowling Ball
Normally, this bake process is not needed nearly as frequently as is a general surface preparation provided by the ball spinners, pads, and polishing agents in the pro shop. There is something else you should know, however, and that is that bowlingball.com
offers bowling ball spinners for sale. Anyone wishing to own their own spinner, grit pads, polishes, and any other tools to maintain their bowling ball surfaces at home can do so with little effort by learning a few, viable resurfacing techniques and by purchasing all the necessary products right here at our site.
Cleaning bowling balls yourself is easier now than ever. Purchasing personal squeeze bottles available in pro shops or very inexpensively here at our site will provide the right agents to clean and to polish your ball by hand. We recommend purchasing one of our microfiber towels, a liquid ball cleaner, and polishes so you can keep the surface of your ball clean regularly. The microfiber towels are great for wiping away lane oil off of your ball surface during your session on the lanes, for cleaning your ball after possible rubber markings from the pit cushions in the pinsetters or from the ball return units, and for applying cleaners and polishes by hand.
When cleaning the surface of your ball by hand, it is recommended to do so immediately after bowling when the pores in the coverstock of the ball are open due to the friction generated by bowling. There are , however, liquid cleaning agents approved for use by U.S.B.C. (United States Bowling Congress) during competition. You now have the option of cleaning your ball with a towel and a cleaner while you are bowling.
Self-cleaning your bowling ball surface and perhaps even adding some polish to the surface after you complete your session on the lanes will buy you time before the need in getting back to the pro shop and using the high-speed spinner process occurs. Re-screening the surface of your bowling ball on the high speed ball spinner to restore your ball surface and best match to the lane conditions is always the best course of action, however. Hope these tips help?
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