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dmonroe814

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Ball resurfacing
« on: September 17, 2012, 10:05:24 AM »
When I resurface, I usually run into one or two scratches that will not come out.  Should I keep sanding with the 180 grit Abralon or go to a more agressive sandpaper.  What is the roughest grit you use when resurface?
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Re: Ball resurfacing
« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2012, 10:49:29 AM »
Is there a local pro-shop with the oscillating "Haus" machine available?
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Re: Ball resurfacing
« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2012, 10:52:35 AM »
Is there a local pro-shop with the oscillating "Haus" machine available?
  I don't believe so, because I have never heard of one.  I usually do my own resurfacing at home on my spinner.
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Re: Ball resurfacing
« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2012, 11:31:57 AM »
Are you talking about a full resurface or just surface prep/touch up?  How often are you doing a full resurface?  Deep scratches are not that major if they are not any wider than normal logo engraving, even in the track.  The ball will not look as pretty, but I haven't found any real performance benefit from sanding out every scratch in the surface.  If you cut that deep all the time you'll end up replacing your gear a lot sooner than need be.  I do weekly touch ups and resurface about once every 6 weeks depending on how much bowling I do...my gear looks used but not abused.

To answer your original question I have used down to 80grit wet/dry sand paper on occasion for balls with hard shells or with deeper scratches...just step it up by doubling the grit each step to get the sanding marks out of the ball as you move up....ex 80-160-320, 500-1000-2000 etc...use PLENTY of water at the rougher grits.  Hope this helps.

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Re: Ball resurfacing
« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2012, 11:34:00 AM »
Are you talking about a full resurface or just surface prep/touch up?  How often are you doing a full resurface?  Deep scratches are not that major if they are not any wider than normal logo engraving, even in the track.  The ball will not look as pretty, but I haven't found any real performance benefit from sanding out every scratch in the surface.  If you cut that deep all the time you'll end up replacing your gear a lot sooner than need be.  I do weekly touch ups and resurface about once every 6 weeks depending on how much bowling I do...my gear looks used but not abused.

To answer your original question I have used down to 80grit wet/dry sand paper on occasion for balls with hard shells or with deeper scratches...just step it up by doubling the grit each step to get the sanding marks out of the ball as you move up....ex 80-160-320, 500-1000-2000 etc...use PLENTY of water at the rougher grits.  Hope this helps.
  Thanks, that is the response I was looking for.
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Re: Ball resurfacing
« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2012, 05:04:35 PM »
When I resurface, I usually run into one or two scratches that will not come out.  Should I keep sanding with the 180 grit Abralon or go to a more agressive sandpaper.  What is the roughest grit you use when resurface?
If done correctly... A pro shop can Blade out those scratches...Then sand
out the area...similair to color sanding a car...And then Completely resurface the ball...

Also,  if the scratches or cuts are too deep,  there is a kit sold that allows you to patch the  deep cuts...Then sand them down, and then Completely resurface the ball...

However...If the scratches are not in your track...No real need to worry about them...

I would have the oil drawn out of the ball before worrying about a scratch here or there...And after having the order drawn out...Have the ball brought to your desired finish...Either dull or polished...
« Last Edit: September 17, 2012, 05:07:16 PM by jls »

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Re: Ball resurfacing
« Reply #6 on: September 17, 2012, 05:55:49 PM »
Thanks for all the info guys.
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