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mr300ny

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Rubbing Alcohol as a Ball Cleaner
« on: December 18, 2011, 07:28:19 AM »
First off, let me start by saying I am neurotic about my equipment and cleaners. I normally use Powerhouse cleaner or something similar to that, but I would like to know if rubbing alcohol or alcohol pads will have the same effect on cleaning reactive resin balls? Would like to hear from experienced bowlers and their opinions on this. Thanks!

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Re: Rubbing Alcohol as a Ball Cleaner
« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2011, 03:33:17 PM »
It only cleans the surface dirt and grime away.

 

 Rubbing alcohol does not deep clean, nor does it contain anything that will allow it to remove excess dirt and oil from very deep in the pores on the ball.

 

 If all you want to do is clean the surface, remove superficial dirt, grease, oil, and belt marks, its fine. Otherwise, you need more than just the alcohol.



 



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Re: Rubbing Alcohol as a Ball Cleaner
« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2011, 04:22:21 PM »

 +1 ....



Juggernaut wrote on 12/18/2011 4:33 PM:
It only cleans the surface dirt and grime away.


 


 Rubbing alcohol does not deep clean, nor does it contain anything that will allow it to remove excess dirt and oil from very deep in the pores on the ball.


 


 If all you want to do is clean the surface, remove superficial dirt, grease, oil, and belt marks, its fine. Otherwise, you need more than just the alcohol.




 




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Edited by Juggernaut on 12/18/2011 at 4:34 PM


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Re: Rubbing Alcohol as a Ball Cleaner
« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2011, 06:01:27 PM »
Thank you. Exactly what I wanted to know.

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Re: Rubbing Alcohol as a Ball Cleaner
« Reply #4 on: December 18, 2011, 06:02:27 PM »
i use simply green and water 50/50 it works very good


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Re: Rubbing Alcohol as a Ball Cleaner
« Reply #5 on: December 18, 2011, 06:39:27 PM »
 I use rubbing alcohol to clean my gear and it is all I use to clean my gear and it work
just as well as powerhouse or hot water or blow torches or ovens. I have not had a ball
die on me in years, I have very little if any loss of reaction using only rubbing
alcohol.

I don't really believe in the whole deep clean thing, how can one liquid deep clean a
bowling ball better than another. I don't know if their is any scientific proof of it
does anyone have any?

IMO until my stuff starts dying I will not stop using rubbing alcohol.


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Re: Rubbing Alcohol as a Ball Cleaner
« Reply #6 on: December 18, 2011, 09:50:22 PM »
Alcohol is good for removing dirt and black marks on balls, but it doesn't remove lane oil or oil of any kind for that matter. It appears that you are satisified with the results you get with alcohol, so nothing wrong with your being happy with it. 

 



mainzer wrote on 12/18/2011 7:39 PM:I use rubbing alcohol to clean my gear and it is all I use to clean my gear and it work
just as well as powerhouse or hot water or blow torches or ovens. I have not had a ball
die on me in years, I have very little if any loss of reaction using only rubbing
alcohol.

I don't really believe in the whole deep clean thing, how can one liquid deep clean a
bowling ball better than another. I don't know if their is any scientific proof of it
does anyone have any?

IMO until my stuff starts dying I will not stop using rubbing alcohol.


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Re: Rubbing Alcohol as a Ball Cleaner
« Reply #7 on: December 19, 2011, 12:33:20 AM »
I am not positive but i think alcohol is illegal in any form of usbc competition. so keep it on the down low if you use it. it is cheaper to use grease lightning and water 50/50. that is what i use to clean the surface of my bowling balls.


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Re: Rubbing Alcohol as a Ball Cleaner
« Reply #8 on: December 19, 2011, 07:14:02 AM »
So if rubbing alcohol isn't removing oil why isn't my gear dying?  And do you have
proof of this?



 
Brickguy221 wrote on 12/18/2011 10:50 PM:
Alcohol is good for removing dirt and black marks on balls, but it doesn't remove lane oil or oil of any kind for that matter. It appears that you are satisified with the results you get with alcohol, so nothing wrong with your being happy with it. 

 



mainzer wrote on 12/18/2011 7:39 PM:I use rubbing alcohol to clean my gear and it is all I use to clean my gear and it work
just as well as powerhouse or hot water or blow torches or ovens. I have not had a ball
die on me in years, I have very little if any loss of reaction using only rubbing
alcohol.

I don't really believe in the whole deep clean thing, how can one liquid deep clean a
bowling ball better than another. I don't know if their is any scientific proof of it
does anyone have any?

IMO until my stuff starts dying I will not stop using rubbing alcohol.


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Re: Rubbing Alcohol as a Ball Cleaner
« Reply #9 on: December 19, 2011, 07:25:45 AM »

 
ithinkican wrote on 12/19/2011 1:33 AM:
I am not positive but i think alcohol is illegal in any form of usbc competition. so keep it on the down low if you use it. it is cheaper to use grease lightning and water 50/50. that is what i use to clean the surface of my bowling balls.




Alcohol is legall to use anytime in USBC competition, unless a tournament or league rule says you cant.

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Re: Rubbing Alcohol as a Ball Cleaner
« Reply #10 on: December 19, 2011, 07:43:48 AM »

 
Brickguy221 wrote on 12/18/2011 10:50 PM:
Alcohol is good for removing dirt and black marks on balls, but it doesn't remove lane oil or oil of any kind for that matter. It appears that you are satisified with the results you get with alcohol, so nothing wrong with your being happy with it. 

 



mainzer wrote on 12/18/2011 7:39 PM:I use rubbing alcohol to clean my gear and it is all I use to clean my gear and it work
just as well as powerhouse or hot water or blow torches or ovens. I have not had a ball
die on me in years, I have very little if any loss of reaction using only rubbing
alcohol.

I don't really believe in the whole deep clean thing, how can one liquid deep clean a
bowling ball better than another. I don't know if their is any scientific proof of it
does anyone have any?

IMO until my stuff starts dying I will not stop using rubbing alcohol.


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Isopropyl alcohol dissolves a wide range of non-polar compounds. It also evaporates quickly and is relatively non-toxic, compared to alternative solvents. Thus it is used widely as a solvent and as a cleaning fluid, especially for dissolving oils.


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Re: Rubbing Alcohol as a Ball Cleaner
« Reply #11 on: December 19, 2011, 09:08:23 AM »
Rubbing alcohols is approved for use at any time. Acetone (which for some reason some people confuse with rubbing alcohol) is NOT legal to be used at any time!


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Re: Rubbing Alcohol as a Ball Cleaner
« Reply #12 on: December 19, 2011, 02:23:48 PM »
I won't back down.
There's alcohol and there's alcohol
Household alcohol, both 70% and 91% isopropyl alcohol will break down skin oils and maybe some other simpler, less complex oils, but it will not break down lane oil. Isopropyl alcohol or isopropanol is only 2 carbon more complex, than the simplest alcohol, methyl alcohol or 2 carbon more than ethanol, ethyl alcohol, used for drinking and in gasoline. All 3 are still very simple alcohols.
 
LaneMasters cleaner is also an alcohol, and industrial strength, multi-carbon alcohol. Those who have used it or even smelled it know how strong it is. It DOES breakdown lane oil. Of that there is also no doubt.
 
So, yes, alcohol can clean a bowling ball thoroughly. It just depends on which alcohol  you are using.


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Re: Rubbing Alcohol as a Ball Cleaner
« Reply #13 on: December 19, 2011, 02:42:15 PM »
Well if your lane oil is so complex why isn't my gear dying?

 

I know for a fact that Lanemasters stuff packs a punch but do you really need all of that?

 

Can you prove rubbing alcohol doesn't break down lane oil?  

 



charlest wrote on 12/19/2011 3:23 PM:
I won't back down.

There's alcohol and there's alcohol

Household alcohol, both 70% and 91% isopropyl alcohol will break down skin oils and maybe some other simpler, less complex oils, but it will not break down lane oil. Isopropyl alcohol or isopropanol is only 2 carbon more complex, than the simplest alcohol, methyl alcohol or 2 carbon more than ethanol, ethyl alcohol, used for drinking and in gasoline. All 3 are still very simple alcohols.

 

LaneMasters cleaner is also an alcohol, and industrial strength, multi-carbon alcohol. Those who have used it or even smelled it know how strong it is. It DOES breakdown lane oil. Of that there is also no doubt.

 

So, yes, alcohol can clean a bowling ball thoroughly. It just depends on which alcohol  you are using.



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Re: Rubbing Alcohol as a Ball Cleaner
« Reply #14 on: December 19, 2011, 03:03:51 PM »
Sir, try this... clean you ball your way... Then take a clean white towel and use a good strong
ball cleaner and re do your ball...If the towel turns black, then you will see that alcohol is not
pulling the oil from your ball.. but simply just cleaning the cover...
 
Now as for the reason your balls are dying...what kind of lane condition are you on???
mainzer wrote on 12/19/2011 3:42 PM:
Well if your lane oil is so complex why isn't my gear dying?

 

I know for a fact that Lanemasters stuff packs a punch but do you really need all of that?

 

Can you prove rubbing alcohol doesn't break down lane oil?  

 



charlest wrote on 12/19/2011 3:23 PM:
I won't back down.

There's alcohol and there's alcohol

Household alcohol, both 70% and 91% isopropyl alcohol will break down skin oils and maybe some other simpler, less complex oils, but it will not break down lane oil. Isopropyl alcohol or isopropanol is only 2 carbon more complex, than the simplest alcohol, methyl alcohol or 2 carbon more than ethanol, ethyl alcohol, used for drinking and in gasoline. All 3 are still very simple alcohols.

 

LaneMasters cleaner is also an alcohol, and industrial strength, multi-carbon alcohol. Those who have used it or even smelled it know how strong it is. It DOES breakdown lane oil. Of that there is also no doubt.

 

So, yes, alcohol can clean a bowling ball thoroughly. It just depends on which alcohol  you are using.



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